Partnerships and Consortiums

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) expects all projects funded by UK Aid Direct to demonstrate high levels of beneficiary engagement and ownership at all key stages of project delivery.

For UK Aid Direct, FCDO defines the type of partner by the nature of the partnership.

Implementation partners

Implementation partners are defined as those that manage project funds and play a prominent role in project management and delivery.

Collaborative partners

Collaborative partners are those that play a key role in project coordination and supporting the delivery of the project, but do not directly manage project funds.

For all proposed partnerships, the roles of each partner and their contribution to the delivery of the project must be clearly defined by the applying organisation.

Consortium applications

FCDO defines consortium applications as those submitted by formal consortia, meaning where two or more organisations come together to create a new, formally constituted organisation, with its own organisational accounts.

Informal consortia, where two or more organisations work together on a specific project or initiative only, will be considered as partnerships, as defined above.

All formal consortium members must meet the eligibility criteria for the applicant organisation for the grant type they are applying for.