The Huairou Commission works in tandem with global organizations who support Huairou’s efforts. While our Partners each work under their own unique missions, their organizational visions overlap with and amplify Huairou’s commitment to empowering grassroots women and their organizations.
The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) is the UN agency for human settlements, 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. Founded in 1995 by former UN Commission on Human Settlements Executive Director Wally N’Dow, the Huairou Commission has since held a long-standing relationship with UN-Habitat involving collaboration on several programs within each of Huairou’s areas of work. Through this partnership, Huairou has helped to strengthen gender equality within UN-Habitat and has served as a resource on women’s empowerment, reinforced with the establishment of the Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI) in 2012. The Huairou Commission also leads the daily women’s caucus at all UN-Habitat meetings.
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 been a member of the Steering Committee of the World Urban Committee since its inception in 2009.
The Gender Equality 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, and preparing the Gender Equality Action Plan as an institutional strategy to reduce gender discrimination and promote gender equality in human settlements development.
Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through its work and in cooperation with others, Sida contributes to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU). The Huairou Commission is currently implementing a four-year program with Sida focused on community resilience, monitoring and evaluation, and institutional strengthening.
Our Partners in Our Habitat III Work: • Ford Foundation • General Assembly of Partners of the World Urban Campaign Our Partners in Our 2030 Agenda and Governance Work: • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) • UN Women Our Partners in Our Community Resilience Work: • CAF Development Bank of Latin America • Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Our Partners in Our Land & Housing Work: • UN-Habitat Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) • Landesa • World Bank
In our experience, principled partnerships are vital to make community-driven, women-led development work. Neither grassroots women nor their partners in development agencies and governments can create change all on their own.
The Huairou Commission builds transformative partnerships between grassroots women leaders and development professionals in agencies and governments. In these partnerships, grassroots women provide local expertise, leadership and experienced insight, while development professionals provide access to decision-making spaces, connections with people of power and resources. Each partner is considered an equal contributor.
Grassroots women’s knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in development–based on their grounded expertise–is invaluable. Working directly with these leaders creates opportunities for development professionals to connect with real experiences on the ground, and helps ensure that development practices lead to sustainable changes. Grassroots women leaders within the Huairou Commission act as representatives of large constituencies, allowing them to provide widespread feedback to validate and support positions of development professionals.
Development professionals are valued for their commitment to equitable development and social change, and establishing new ways of working, often against great institutional resistance. Working with professional can legitimize the voices and work of grassroots women, giving them access to decision-making spaces, resources and connections to institutional support for their work. Grassroots women leaders can expand their networks and partnerships, and gain important intellectual capital relating to development practices and technical capability.
The Huairou Commission additionally maintains a range of institutional partners who agree to co-campaign and create opportunities for grassroots women’s leadership. These partners openly support the empowerment of grassroots women’s organizations, identify strategic opportunities to showcase grassroots women’s work and practices, and identify resources for local and global advocacy and action.