API works to promote voices and rights and address the needs and concerns of vulnerable and marginalised groups through strategic partnerships with community based organisations, local and national Government institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector.
API works with a diverse group of partner organisations and institutions that share its mission to serve the long term democratic and social development needs of Cambodia through the empowerment of people to interact with their Government to protect their rights and provide for their needs.
In view of the diverse range of partners engaging in the Strategy 2014-2018, API, as stated in its mission, is committed to working together with all national and international institutions who share its values to advocate for positive and peaceful social change.API builds capacity and supports institutions and organisations so they are able to tackle the issues, concerns, and needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in the target areas.
During the Strategy implementation, API will be responsible and accountable for managing the programme, achieving programme outcomes, and for the effective use of resources. In some cases, API will enter into partnerships/agreements with other organisations or entities as necessary to assist in successfully delivering its strategy and programme’s outcomes for the implementation of the various components and programme activities. Such arrangements are designed both to achieve results and build local and national capacities.
API views partnerships as a relationship of substance between API and one or more organisations involving shared responsibilities in undertaking an action that has mutual benefits. To ensure that the action runs smoothly API works with its partners in acknowledging principles of good partnership practice as follows:
- All partners must understand the application and what their role in the action will be before the application is submitted to the contracting authority;
- All partners must understand their respective obligations under the contract if the grant is awarded;
- API must consult with its partners regularly and keep them fully informed of the progress of the action;
- All partners must receive copies of the reports - narrative and financial - made to the contracting authority;
- Proposals for substantial changes to the action (e.g. activities, partners, etc.) should be agreed by all partners before being submitted to the contracting authority;
- Hold regular partner meetings to ensure engagement, acknowledge challenges and successes, reflection and sharing best practices.
- Enter a memorandum of understanding with a clear exit strategy should either partner wish to end the agreement.
At present, API works in partnership with a number of organisations on specific issues in target areas. Since 2004 API is a leading applicant in coordinating participating and supporting:
- The NGO's Access to Information working Group (19 organisations);
- The Access Initiative (TAI, composed of five organisations) in Cambodia;
- Steering committee member of the NGOs Working Group for Partnerships in Decentralisation (60 member organisations; and
- Eight issue-based NGO and community networks.