When spiderwebs unite, they can tie up a lion.
This African proverb is about the power of working together. That seems so obvious, but there is a lot involved.
My name is Gerrit de Vries. I founded Joint Purpose to help your organisation build meaningful international collaborations.
As a development organisation you cooperate with others. You have a shared ambition and your partners bring complementary skills and expertise. You also want to apply Shift the Power: a way of working with more control for local people and organisations. You may wish to localise part of your operations.
With Joint Purpose I look at all aspects of collaboration and localisation: ambitions, interests, relationships, organisation and process. I make it practical so that you can make progress.
Building an alliance or partnership, bringing new energy into an existing cooperation. I help your organisation to succeed in such trajectories.
Shift the Power
Tipping the balance of power towards local people and organisations. I go beyond theory and help you make it practical.
Relocating parts of your work to the global South. Working differently with partners. Establishing an office. I help you make it work.
Who am I?
I lived and worked in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and The Netherlands. Every day I enjoy working with a great diversity of people from countries and cultures who share insights, humour and jointly achieve impressive results.
Increasingly, development organisations are working together. The Shift the Power movement advocates for a change in the balance of power towards local people and organisations. I have seen the knowledge, commitment and potential for change that these organisations have.
With Joint Purpose I contribute my experience to foster equal and effective collaborations.
Gerrit combines a broad knowledge from literature about networks and cooperation with hands-on experience. He is very well equipped to guide the discussion in the right direction.
Executive Director at SeeYou Foundation
He always seemed to look for ways to create mutually beneficial collaborative fora. I found him to be an extremely capable networker and leader in the development space.
Chief Growth Officer at CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy 2030