Manager, Private sector partnership project
We are an international development organization working with local partners in many countries in the South to eliminate poverty and promote social justice. The question of a partnership with the private sector, whose resources and expertise would help maximize the impact of our programs, was circulating internally for some time and we were not sure what approach to take. So we called upon Umalia to guide us in our thinking and in our dealings with private companies.
Umalia showed an excellent ability to listen and understand what our organization sought to accomplish. Their expertise in corporate social engagement and their research and analysis helped us position ourselves in accordance with our organizational and social values. Umalia accompanied us throughout the whole process in a clear and rigorous way and demonstrated the necessary flexibility and sensitivity to rally the stakeholders around a common goal. The private companies that we met praised their approach as well. With Umalia’s support, a new partnership was made possible with two companies to promote women’s leadership and economic empowerment in one of our projects in Africa.