The United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The Huairou Commission was founded by UN Habitat have a long standing relationship and have collaborated on several programs involving all of the Huairou Campaign areas since the inception of HC in 1995.
Through this partnership, the Huairou Commission has helped to strengthen the gender equality within UN Habitat and has served as a resource on women's empowerment. The Huiarou Commission also leads the ongoing women's caucus at all UN Habitat meetings. This partnership allowed for Huairou Commission members to be recognized in the UN Habitat Agenda. Huairou is currently collaborating with UN HABITAT to create a Women's Information Portal on Human Settlements.
Cordaid is one of the largest international development organizations based in The Hauge, Netherlands and focus on the program areas of participation, emergency aid and reconstruction, health and well being and entrepreneurship.
Cordaid and has been a major partner of the Huairou Commission since 2005 by supporting organizational development necessary for the Commission to run its four Campaigns and work meaningfully in 54 countries. The Huaiarou Commission and Cordaid have also collaborated in two area of urban governance and health. In turn, the Huairou Commission has provided technical support for Cordaid in the areas of women's empowerment and working in poor communities. Cordaid has benefited from the use of Huairou Commission Tools and Methodologies to better support the grassroots organizations they partner with. Currently, Cordaid is a major partner of the AIDS Campaign and is a part of the Caregivers Action Network.
As a part of the Norwegian government's policy to fight poverty and bring about social justice, they allocate 1 percent of gross national income (GNI) to international development to be distributed by the Ministry of Norwegian Foreign Affairs. The Norwegian government feels that helping to create an economically just world order through sustainable development in the interest of the Sate of Norway. The Ministry is located in Oslo, Norway and focuses its funding on the areas of women and gender equality; good governance and the fight against corruption; and efforts to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
The Gender Mainstreaming Unit of UN Habitat and the Huairou Commission have worked with together on a number of key activities including:
- Promoting the Local to Local Dialogue process since 2002.
- Preparing the Gender Equality Action Plan as an institutional strategy to reduce gender discrimination and promote gender equality in human settlements development.
The World Urban Campaign is a platform for public, private and civil society actors to elevate policies and share practical tools for sustainable urbanization. The Campaign seeks to foster more sustainable urban policies at the national level and increased investment and capital flows in support of those policies.
The Huairou Commission has also been a member of the Steering Committee of the World Urban Committee since its inception in 2009. The Huairou Commission Land and Housing Campaign has also been partnering with the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN).
Through the UNDP Gender Team UNDP integrates gender equality and women's empowerment in its four main areas of work: poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development.
The American Jewish World Service is one of a small number of organizations that supports grassroots organizations creating change in the developing world. AJWS is based in New York, USA and is guided bytheir beliefs that grassroots organizations are best placed to envision, articulate, and implement development strategies in their communities; women are crucial drivers of community development and change; and that marginalized that are vulnerable to poverty and human rights violations are powerful agents of change and development when mobilized from within.
AJWS is a funder of GROOTS International, a member network of the Huairou Commission, and has supported grassroots women involved the Resilience Campaign to exchange skills for response with other women who have survived disasters in their community. AJWS has also learned from the Huairou Commission methodology for involving grassroots women in their projects and funding activities.