Community of Practice

Peer-to-Peer Partnerships

Community of Practice


Peer-to-peer community of practice

This community of practice brings together government departments and external practitioners using peer-to-peer learning across Her Majesty’s Government priority countries. It aims to build the evidence base for peer-to-peer partnerships, identify ‘what works’ and best practice, and disseminate lessons among the community. The community of practice highlight successes and learning with a programme of events, research and publications.

What are peer-to-peer partnerships?

Peer-to-peer is a learning style which focuses on sharing knowledge and experience, practitioner to practitioner.

Peer-to-peer partnerships differ from traditional development technical assistance:

  • They are orientated around long-term relationships based on mutual trust, including personal relationships between individuals with similar professional backgrounds, rather than discrete ‘deliverables.’

  • Activities are based on lesson sharing and joint problem solving, rather than replacing local capacity to implement core institutional functions.

  • Learning is inherently iterative, guided by short delivery cycles and tight feedback loops, rather than linear programme delivery.


Working peer-to-peer throws up new ways of thinking and working. As civil servants, we can share what has and hasn’t worked openly and honestly. Partners are able learn from those who have muddled through and found solutions to common institutional problems.
— Nicola Smith, Government Partnerships International