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Shifting currents: insights from the Asian Development Bank partnership

Overview

Insights from the Plan International and Asian Development Bank Partnership Journey.

This report aims to document the findings of a comprehensive review of the historical and institutional partnership between Plan International (hereinafter referred to as Plan) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

It captures the process and approaches that Plan has taken in engaging ADB; the key milestones, successes and lessons from such engagement; and the role that the partnership played in supporting wider youth engagement in ADB.

Several tools have also been included in the report in order to guide the readers when engaging Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in similar partnerships.

Executive Summary

About this report

This report aims to document the findings of a comprehensive review of the historical and institutional partnership between Plan International (hereinafter referred to as Plan) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It captures the process and approaches that Plan has taken in engaging ADB; the key milestones, successes and lessons from such engagement; and the role that the partnership played in supporting wider youth engagement in ADB. Several tools have also been included in the report in order to guide the readers when engaging Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in similar partnerships.

This report is intended for individuals working in non- government organizations (NGOs) and MDBs, who are looking to form partnerships of a visionary and principled nature. For the sake of the readers, the report has been divided into the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1 provides a brief overview of the Plan- ADB partnership. In particular, it covers the scope, milestones and achievements of the partnership to date. As an overview, this chapter aims to provide contextual information that help readers understand the concepts and tools that will be discussed in the next chapters.
  • Chapter 2 discusses the principles for engaging in partnerships with MDBs using lessons from the Plan-ADB partnership, and tools that readers can use when partnering with similar institutions in their field of work.
  • Chapter 3 features ADB Youth for Asia as a specific example of what transformative partnerships, such as the Plan-ADB partnership, can result into, and how these could add value to the objectives and vision of organizations.
  • The final chapter provides some concluding remarks on the Plan-ADB partnership. It is important to note that the principles, lessons and recommendations contained in this report are specific to Plan and ADB, and contextual factors will always inevitably play a major role in the outcome of any engagement. The lessons from the partnership, however, may be transferable to a multitude of potential partnerships where there is common purpose and opportunity.

It is important to note that the principles, lessons and recommendations contained in this report are specific to Plan and ADB, and contextual factors will always inevitably play a major role in the outcome of any  engagement. The lessons from the partnership, however, may be transferable to a multitude of potential partnerships where there is common purpose and opportunity.