February 4, 2020
By Zaida Bastos
PWRDF defines partnership as a relationship in which each partner has equal status, common interests, a certain independence, and also implicit and formal obligations to the other.
There are 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) so perhaps it’s not surprising that the final one is all-encompassing: Partnerships for the Goals. In its five-year strategic plan, PWRDF identifies working in partnership as a key objective to success.
PWRDF has a diversity of partners in Canada and around the world that share our ethos and principles, and who are working towards a truly just, healthy and peaceful world. PWRDF’s partners are a reflection of the world: they are Anglicans, ecumenical, faith-based and secular. It is through these partnerships – in Canada and the rest of the world – that PWRDF weaves a thread of interconnectedness between the Anglican donor in the pew in Canada and the woman farmer in a remote village in Tanzania, to cite one example.
Ubuntu, the African idea of personhood = “I am because you are”
In a more philosophical sense, ubuntu means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” Partnership has allowed people, through PWRDF, to weave their own interconnectedness with others far away. It gives them the power to help improve the lives of others by contributing to positive changes in the world. In the February 2020 issue of Under the Sun, we share examples of our work that lean particularly heavily on partnership: from institutional partners to implementing partners, to volunteers and dioceses, with the end result of a stronger PWRDF.