Partnering with ICIMOD

As an intergovernmental organisation with a regional mandate, ICIMOD is constituted by a regional charter participated in by eight regional member countries. The ICIMOD programme cycle follows a five-year framework (medium term action plan) with subsequent yearly programmes which are approved by the ICIMOD Board. The following section describes different typologies of partners and, based on these definitions, various partnerships are formed for the implementation of ICIMOD programmes.

  • Strategic and Policy Partners
    Partners in this category support development and formulation of mountain-specific development strategies, policies and legislation. These partners help facilitate and conduct policy reviews and assessments, catalyse the scaling-up of solutions to the policy level, and shape policy agendas. Strategic and policy partners may also support ICIMOD’s programmes and promote the mountain development agenda in the global stage. These key partners include focal ministries, national and regional organisations, and global partners.
  • Implementation Partners
    Partners in this category, which include operational partners and research partners, support regional programme implementation either individually in the RMCs or through the consortium of partners.

    Operational Partners
    Engage in pilot research and demonstration; conduct baseline surveys and stakeholder analyses; test pilot concepts and knowledge products using participatory approaches, taking into account gender mainstreaming and inclusive development;  project management, monitoring and evaluating results; etc. They include national, sub-national, and local government departments and public institutions; national research institutions; NGOs and CBOs; local and national INGO offices; and private sector organisations. 

    Research Partners
    Assist in developing common research methodologies; implementing research activities; developing databases, sharing data and knowledge; documenting evidence-based good practices; etc.  They include universities; national research institutions; non-governmental research organisations; and regional centres of international research organisations for science and research work. 
  • Development Partners
    Development partners include bilateral and multilateral international development funding partners in the frame of both financial and technical cooperation. Development partners support both long-term programmatic and short-term and project-based support and formalized by the specific agreement as required by the development partner.
  • Knowledge Partners and Networks
    Partners in this category include universities and academic institutions; regional and global network organisations; science partners and thematic networks; institutions engaged in advocacy, outreach, knowledge sharing and exchange and dissemination, including media organisations and publication houses; ICIMOD champions and ambassadors; private sector organisations; and youth organisations and networks.