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Twinning and Partnerships

National, regional and local level organisations all have a role to play in promotion and maintenance of the health of populations.  In different countries, the emphasis as to who sets the health strategy and who provides what can vary greatly – particularly when considering issues that range from health care to the social determinants of health.  In many countries, models are changing and developing, and economic factors mean that prioritisation is an important driver.

The partners and twins project seeks to bring together organisations that are either:

  • At a similar stage of development and would like the opportunity for peer support and joint working as they look for solutions to common problems.

  • Have worked through complex development issues and are willing to share learning with others now facing them.


In most cases, twins and partners will learn different things from each other in a mutually supportive two-way relationship. It is in intended that arrangements will be sustained in the longer term by the partner organisations. 


National, regional and local level organisations that have a remit to promote, develop, maintain and restore health.


  • To develop sustainable peer relationships between organisations with common aims

  • To develop common solutions to common problems

  • To share knowledge and know how on different systems and actions



  • Needs assessment
  • Matching
  • Video conferencing
  • Study visits
  • Staff exchange
  • Email/Internet exchange forum
  • Teleconferencing


What we provide

  • An initial assessment by a small expert team

  • Facilitation of partnerships and twinning links

  • Updates and alerts


What you pay for

  • Travel and subsistence for study tours (at cost price)

  • Salary and subsistence for your staff exchange.


In return we ask that you share learning about on-going work within the twinning arrangements with other interested organisations, and contribute to an evaluation of the processes, to drive up quality and effectiveness of the partners and twins arrangement.