The Institute has continued to develop long-term partnerships with external organisations, notably the Developmental Leadership Program, the Papua New Guinea - Australia Governance Partnership, the Central Land Council, Northern Land Council, and the Australian Council for International Development. These partnerships seek to combine resources, develop research outputs, and share ideas to improve development practice.

The Institute has also networked with La Trobe academics who are skilled and interested in action research. We continue to develop relationships with relevant departments within the University to help facilitate our ongoing partnerships, both internally and externally.

The University of Birmingham and University College London

The Institute partners with the University of Birmingham to lead the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). This research partnership explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development. The DLP is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). A third phase of the DLP, ‘DLP3’, will commence in 2019.

Pacific Research Community (PaRC)

Launched in March 2017, La Trobe’s Pacific Research Community (PaRC) brings together academics and students from across different disciplines to share their Pacific knowledge, experience and networks. The research community is a strong resource for La Trobe University and for the broader Pacific community in Melbourne, including for academics from other institutions. The Pacific is already an area of research strength at La Trobe University. PaRC and the Pacific Student Association (PSA) creates a strong sense of belonging for Pacific students at La Trobe. PaRC is co-hosted by the Institute for Human and the Department of Social Inquiry. The Institute sits on the steering committee for PaRC and was instrumental in launching PaRC and running a four-part seminar series with visiting Pacific scholars in 2017.

Australian Council for International Development

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) provides leadership to the not-for-profit aid and development sector in Australia to fairly represent and promote the collective views and interests of its membership. Founded in 1965, ACFID currently has over 100 members operating in more than 100 developing countries. Its members range from large Australian multi-sectoral organisations that are linked to international federations of NGOs, to agencies with specialised thematic expertise, and smaller community based groups, with a mix of secular and faith based organisations. ACFID members work with refugee communities in approximately 15 countries around the world.

ACFID and the Institute share a strong interest in the future of the NGO sector within the international development effort. We work with ACFID to conceptualise the future for NGOs, and the skills that NGO staff will need to be effective. In 2016 and 2017, the Institute partnered with ACFID to deliver Making Change Happen - an innovative professional development program aimed at leaders and senior managers from development NGOs. The Institute is an Associate Member of ACFID.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The responsibility for the design, management and administration of Australia's foreign aid program lies with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Institute seeks to engage with DFAT on the quality of that aid program, and the basing of future aid programming decisions on applied research. The Institute is working closely with a number of DFAT programs which focus on social change, and innovative programming. This includes knowledge and learning partnerships with DFAT governance and justice programs in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, working alongside implementation.

Aboriginal Governance and Management Program (AGMP)

The Aboriginal Governance and Management Program is a not-for-profit Aboriginal agency devoted to governance and management support specific to the Northern Territory, with a focus on remote communities. With decades of experience in indigenous affairs their small team brings trust and credibility, keys to success in the bush. AGMP is Aboriginal-controlled, sitting under the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) alliance. APO NT comprises of the Central Land Council (CLC), Northern Land Council (NLC), North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).  The alliance was created to provide a more effective response to key issues of joint interest and concern affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, including through advocating practical policy solutions to government. Institute Co-Director Linda Kelly supports the AGMP through monitoring and evaluation support.