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KFPE’s New Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships  

Thank you for visiting this website. Here you find KFPE's new Guide (Why this Guide?), consisting of 11 Principles and the 7 key questions (Download the Guide) on research conducted in transboundary and intercultural partnerships. There is also GERMAN VERSION and a FRENCH VERSION, which can be downloaded.

Based on an extensive consultation process, the KFPE has completely updated its "11 Principles for Research in Partnership" – in use for over 10 years already – and has integrated current trends and experience. In addition, we have also developed 7 fundamental questions that point to factors enabling or hindering research in partnership. The 7 questions are meant to help users to better understand and implement the 11 principles. They examine various aspects of research partnerships and also intend to stimulate reflection and debate.

We would like to thank all those who contributed in one way or another to the revision and new design of the “11 KFPE Principles”; the many valuable comments and feedbacks we received during an international consultation process on draft versions of the documents significantly helped to improve the quality of the final product.

Print copies of the Guide - in the form of a poster brochure or a booklet - can be ordered via the KFPE or downloaded (as a pdf).

- ENGLISH version
- GERMAN version
- FRENCH version

In case you want to make feedback and comments, please send it to the KFPE.

concept of guide

The 11 Principles                                                                              The 7 Questions

(1) Set agenda together                                                                        (1) Why work in partnerships?
(2) Interact with stakeholders                                                                (2) How to ensure cohesion?
(3) Clarify responsibilities                                                                      (3) What form of collaboration?
(4) Account to beneficiaries                                                                   (4) Which foci and priorities?
(5) Promote mutual learning                                                                  (5) Who to involve?
(6) Enhance capacities                                                                          (6) Where to create relevance?
(7) Share data & networks                                                                    (7) When to consolidate outcomes?
(8) Disseminate results
(9) Pool profits & merits
(10) Apply results
(11) Secure outcomes


This project is supported by
the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and
the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).