Be Clear on What You Bring - And What You Don't
Outside organizations should not duplicate or compete with local organizations. Rather, they should complement and enhance local partners’ capacity to do conservation by channeling resources and leveraging results. Coming in with clarity about what you can offer in assistance is critical. Is it strategic or site planning that you bring? Science? Facilitation? Funding? Capacity-building? Access to other groups doing similar work? International exposure? These are often the most needed and valued services that an outside partner organization can provide. Discuss openly and honestly with potential local partners to understand their most pressing issues or needs and what your organization can and cannot do to assist.