Partnerships & Field operations

Partnerships & Field operations

All our programmes involve building local capacity and staff as much as possible and training them in the skills they need.

Recognising that systemic development involves complex processes of social transformation, we have developed two approaches to support its implementation.


The Foundation has developed a model of how to spend aid more effectively by forming partnerships with Best-in-Class charities and NGOs characterised by the following:

  • a focus on systemic impact – all FFF partnerships contribute to processes that can result in meaningful systemic change.
  • specialisation and capacity – each partner has the leadership and organisational capabilities required to develop and implement strategic, cost effective, targeted programmes.
  • scalability – FFF partnerships develop scalable models, with the potential over time to improve the lives of millions of beneficiaries.


Supporting social, economic and political change over the long-term and the wide range of activities this involves. For this reason, the FFF has developed its Joining-the-Dots approach, as a model of how development organisations can collaborate to address complex problems. To achieve our strategic goal of fostering civil society, we link together our partners’ public health, medical, leadership and education programmes. This enables the Foundation and our partners to have a far greater impact than we would have if we worked in isolation.

The Foundation has deployed both a Best-in-Class and Joining-the-Dots approach to contribute to building civil society in South East Asia. These methods can also be used to tackle a variety of complex problems. Poor community health, environmental degradation and gender discrimination are but examples of major social problems, which no one single organisation can fix.

However, by setting the goal of systemic change, and forming links and partnerships with the most effective charities and NGOs in their field, we offer a model that other foundations and development organisations can use to address complex social issues, thereby achieving a collaborative impact beyond their individual scope.