Partnership Policy

GRP is a diverse Partnership of organisations joining forces towards a world where vulnerable people and place are able to thrive in the face of shocks, uncertainty, and change. GRP believes that resilience underpins sustainable development in an increasingly unpredictable world.

GRP is an inclusive and collaborative partnership that seeks to create a global movement for resilience that raises the profile and catalyses actions for resilience. GRP is currently comprised of more than 60 organisations, which bring together a broad range of skills, capacities and perspectives and provide powerful collaboration opportunities. Organisations who share GRP’s vision, strategic focus, approach, and values are welcome to apply to become a Partner. In doing so, they also make certain commitments to strengthen the Partnership.

Partnership Approach

GRP seeks to work with its Partners in ways that add value to Partners’ individual efforts and ensures that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts. We do this primarily through four broad Value Additions (VAs):

VA1: Create a safe space for resilience innovation & scaling: GRP works with its Partners to surface, test and nurture resilience innovations primarily through designing and running innovation challenges.

VA2: Promote shared learning & mainstreaming of resilience practice: GRP works with its Partners to synthesize and profile the latest knowledge on resilience practice, promote peer-to-peer learning, and ensure that knowledge is accessible and mainstreamed into planning, policy and practice.  

VA3: Convene diverse voices to shape resilience policy & investment : GRP works with its Partners to build momentum for a resilience movement that influences and changes the shape of policy and investment decisions. Ensuring that those at the frontlines of development challenges (grassroots organisations and Least Developed Countries (LDCs)) play a leading role.

VA4: Advance the collective knowledge about resilience: GRP works with Partners to advance knowledge on the role that resilience plays in achieving long-term human wellbeing and the maintenance of planetary life support systems.

Additionally, GRP works with its Partners to convert these broad Value Additions into more tangible impact through co-designed Collaborative Actions. Collaborative Actions bring together several GRP Partners (and other organisations) in a focused way to co-design and deliver resilience actions and impacts that would not have been possible through Partners’ individual efforts.

Examples of Collaborative Actions:

  • Innovation Challenge: Resilience for Peace & Stability
    • Objective: Identify, co-design, and invest in early stage innovations that build resilience at the intersection of peace & stability, disaster resilience, and food & water security in vulnerable and fragile regions.
  • Ocean Risk & Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA)
    • Objective: To pioneer ground-breaking financial products that build coastal resilience and unlock greater private investments into coastal natural capital. 
  • Money where it Matters: The Frontier Funds Accelerator
    • Objective: Help accelerate the capacity of locally-led ‘frontier funds’ and their engagement with donors, with the aim of being able to channel larger sums of climate finance via these mechanisms.
  • South to South Resilience Academy
    • Objective: Mobilize transdisciplinary teams of academics, thought leaders and practitioners from the Global South, to work together towards solving the most difficult resilience challenges.

Partnership Commitment

Becoming a GRP Partner requires a commitment from the organisation to be an active member and to:

  • Help set GRP’s objectives and strategy, and remain engaged on its progress  
  • Share and agree with the GRP vision and values
  • Undertake work on resilience policies, programmes, investments and innovations
  • Commit to work together on collaborative actions around GRP’s value additions
  • Participate and contribute to GRP meetings, events and/or products 
  • Support GRP by being an engaged partner which could include sharing information on resilience and/or provision of resources

GRP Values

Over and above the Partnership Commitment, Partners are expected to share and promote the following fundamental values:

  1. Internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. Social sustainability and ethical behavior
  3. Gender and other forms of equality
  4. Environmental responsibility
  5. Fight corruption and promote transparency

The Partnership is not open to individuals or informal groups either.

Governance Structure

The Partnership consists of three bodies:

  1. GRP Partners – Organisations active in resilience, who share GRP’s vision and values, and have formally joined the Partnership.
  2. Advisory Council – Members who advise the implementation of GRP’s strategy and plans.
  3. GRP Secretariat – A small team that convenes and catalyses actions by the Partners and implements specific activities on behalf of the Partnership. The Secretariat is hosted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University.

Partnership Decision

The ultimate decision for participation in GRP lies with the GRP Advisory Council who is responsible for applying these guidelines. The Advisory Council will apply discretion based on its knowledge of the applicants and their social, ethical, and environmental practices. In exceptional circumstances, the Advisory Council may ask for additional information before making a final decision. We emphasise that the Partnership cannot endorse Partners or any of their practices.

The success of the Partnership is dependent on Partners working together. To do this, Partners are expected to work on specific actions under GRP’s four interlinked Value Additions (VAs). This could include working on Collaborative Actions with GRP Partners. In addition, all Partners will be invited to an annual Partners’ meeting. This is an opportunity to share and develop actions on resilience, review GRP’s strategy and plans, and elect members to the GRP Advisory Council. Organisations who are not Partners but are interested in resilience are able to attend the annual meeting as observers.

To become a GRP Partner, organisations should send an expression of interest to the GRP Secretariat by email ( stating that they agree with GRP’s vision and overall goals, indicating specific activity areas they would like to work together on, and/or support they intend to provide to GRP. The expression of interest should not exceed three pages. The Secretariat will then prepare this for a review by the Advisory Council. If satisfactory, the Advisory Council will then extend a formal invitation to interested parties. There is no defined time limit to being a Partner. Should a member want to terminate its membership as a Partner an email should be sent to the Secretariat at the address above. Partners do not receive remuneration by GRP for their work, and generally cover their own costs although some support may be available for Partners from the South to attend the meetings.

Partners Meeting Reports

2019 GRP Partners Meeting Report
2019 Partners’ Meeting Speedtalks
2018 GRP Partners Meeting Report