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Enduring Partnerships How do we ensure a strong egalitarian partnership?. Dr. Norgrove Penny, CM, MD, FRCS(C). Clinical Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia. Senior Advisor for Physical Impairments CBM International. together we can do more.

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Enduring Partnerships

How do we ensure a strong egalitarian partnership?

Dr. Norgrove Penny, CM, MD, FRCS(C)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia

Senior Advisor for Physical Impairments

CBM International

Partnerships can be the most powerful and rewarding thing in the world……or the most difficult and troublesome thing!

Definition: characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.

  • From French égalitaire, from égalité, equality, from Latin aequālitās, from aequālis, equal.
How do we create a partnership characterized by equality?How do we create a partnership that will endure?

A partnership that can be:

  • Successful
  • Hard work
  • Tolerated for the kids
  • Incompatible
  • Different goals
successful marriages
Successful Marriages
  • Communication
  • Transparency
  • Mutual respect
  • Recognition of differences
  • Loyalty
  • Shared goals

I’d best tell him only what I think he wants me to say. I don’t want to offend my visitor.

I’d like to know all the details, good and bad, so I know how to assist.


“Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

Nelson Mandela

mutually agreed goals1
Mutually agreed goals

Overall objective: The big picture

Specific Objective: The project plan

Activities & expected outcomes


Millenium Development Goals

Millenium Development Goals

Maternal Health


Primary Health

Alma Mater Declaration

overall objective

Overall Objective

To reduce mortality and disability by safe and effective surgery and anaesthesia

specific objective

Specific Objective

To create a broad based collaboration between the University of British Columbia and Makerere College of Health Sciences to capacity build essential surgical, anesthetic and associated support services in Uganda.


58th.World Health Assembly


Strategic Development

National Programs

Partnerships & Alliances




Professional Associations


Alliance Partners


Parent groups


Ministries of Health


“VISION 2020 - working together to eliminate avoidable blindness”

  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
  • 111 organizations
  • academic
  • public
  • private
  • commercial
  • non-profit
can we pledge to
Can we pledge to:
  • Agree mutually on goals
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be transparent & honest
  • Have mutual respect
  • Be loyal
  • Be tolerant of our differences
  • Be scrupulous in our finances
the swiss principles 1
The Swiss Principles (1)

Guidelines for Research in Partnership with Developing Countries” 1998

  • Decide on the objectives together
  • Build up mutual trust
  • Share information; develop networks
  • Share responsibility
  • Create transparency
the swiss principles 2
The Swiss Principles (2)
  • Monitor and evaluate the collaboration
  • Disseminate the results
  • Apply the results
  • Share profits equitably
  • Increase research capacity
  • Build on the achievements