Save the Children Norway Partnership Review

About the publication

  • Published: May 2017
  • Series: --
  • Type: NGO reviews
  • Carried out by: IOD PARC
  • Commissioned by: --
  • Country: Mozambique, Nicaragua
  • Theme: Children
  • Pages: 105
  • Serial number: --
  • ISBN: --
  • ISSN: --
  • Organization: Redd Barna
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This review has been commissioned by Save the Children Norway (SCN) to document and evidence the impact of its work with civil society partners and the extent to which SCN’s work with civil society partners is protecting or advancing children’s rights. The review also considers the extent to which SCN contributes to the development of a stronger civil society in the countries it works and the ‘added-value’ of SCN’s partnership work. 


  1. Map the existing CSOs which are receiving support from SCN by geography, level of funding and by type of intervention;
  2. Explore how children and civil society have benefitted from SCN’s partnership work and generate evidence of results, learning and impact;
  3. Clarify and articulate the ‘added-value’ of SCN partnerships for both parties, identifying where possible examples of innovation;
  4. Consider which capacity building approaches have been most effective for strengthening the institutional, operational, technical, and financial capacity of partners;
  5. Draw insights, lessons learned, good practice examples and recommendations for future partnership working.


Data collection methods consisted of both quantitative and qualitative techniques, including a secondary review of data from documentation and the collection of primary data from interviews, focus group discussions with children, an online survey of partners, and two country visits (to Mozambique and Nicaragua).

Key findings

Overall, SCN has played a key strategic role within SCI in developing the SCI partnership values, and tools, in the partner working group and it has played a key role in supporting the establishment and/or strengthening of a number of nationally owned networks and coalitions working towards the achievement of child rights. Its funding is vital to the organisations it supports, and it has contributed to positive changes in the enabling environment and to changes in the lives of individual children, as well as strengthening the capacity of individual partners and supporting their technical expertise. However, SCN can play an even greater role across SCI in influencing future approaches to CSO partnership and civil society strengthening and SCN should improve its reporting to enable it to demonstrate to a greater extent its contribution in this area and to generate evidence around which partnership approaches are most effective.


  1. SCN can play a pivotal role in defining SCI’s approach to partnerships. SCN has clearly made a significant contribution to shaping and developing the partnership values that are now promoted within SCI. SCN should continue to take a leading role in spearheading SCI’s partnership approaches in the following ways, in light of its strengths as a strategic thinker and influencer on partnerships
  2. Partnership engagement can become more strategic SCN can support SCI COs to identify and engage with the most relevant partners in a sustainable way
  3. Continue working on cross-cutting issues Continue work to fully integrate SCI’s crosscutting issues in partnerships: Child Participation, Gender, and Disability.
  4. Work toward reporting that captures SCN’s achievements with partners: SCN can improve the effectiveness of its reporting to ensure it more fully captures outcomes achieved with partners on an annual basis
  5. Articulate a shared long-term vision for sustainability: SCN should, with SCI, agree and document a clear vision for sustainability of its work, including partnerships,

Comments from the organisation

Save the Children Norway has developed a management response and action plan based on the recommendations of the review.


Published 23.01.2019
Last updated 23.01.2019