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Our Story

ACCESS Partnerships was inspired by visits in 2000 and 2001 to the operations of two US multinational corporations, GE and Freeport McMoran, in Indonesia. Each was supporting services to improve women and children's health in the context of its business operation. The observation led to the idea of using the experiences of businesses supporting health services to women as a way to encourage more businesses to support them. Research that began with a survey in 2004 of businesses supporting health services to women, indicated that most partnered with community organizations to support these services. Business respondents also indicated the need to overcome common obstacles of mutual mistrust, and a lack of knowledge and skills existing in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.


Survey respondents offered suggestions for how to address all three obstacles. In 2008, we launched a project in Indonesia with funding from the Ford Foundation to implement their suggestions. As the project evolved, our scope expanded to facilitate partnerships that increased access to health-related resources, especially among women, to improve community health, based on the interests of participating organizations. This expanded range of interests has continued to the present, leading us to expand our scope to partnerships to improve community well-being.


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Our Values

We are committed to...

Sustainability of 

  • partnership outcomes among organizations we assist

  • local resources for partnership-building in areas where we work

Using the experiences and perspectives of businesses and community organizations to guide our work

Increase learning on how to partner based on practitioner experience

Our Values
Who We Work With

Who We Work With

We work with a variety of organizations interested in learning how to partner across sectors including businesses, nonprofits, associations, and educational institutions. Below is an illustrative list of the types of organizations that joined the Health and Business Roundtable in Indonesia (HBRI), now called The Partnership Forum. Since we helped businesses and nonprofits create the Forum in 2008, membership has increased to over 350 members.


Businesses represent the materials, consumer goods, financial, insurance, healthcare, services, technology, utilities, and industrial goods industries. 

Examples: Bayer Indonesia, BP Indonesia, Chartis Insurance, Chevron Pacific Indonesia, Coca Cola, Dupont Agricultural Products, ExxonMobil, Freeport Indonesia, Gajah Tunggal, Gap Inc, GE Healthcare, Intel, Johnson&Johnson, Kraft Foods, London Sumatra, Marathon Oil, Microsoft Indonesia, Nazava Water Filters, Nestlé Indonesia, Nike, Nokia, OTP Geothermal Services Indonesia, PAM Lyonnais Jaya, Pertamina (Persero), Pfizer Indonesia, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sophie Martin, Standard Chartered Bank, Sun Life Financial, Talisman Energy, Tetra Pak Indonesia, Trakindo Utama, Tupperware, Unilever Indonesia, Vestergaard Frandsen Indonesia, and YKK Zipper. 


Nonprofits include organizations working on development, health, education, youth, environment, governance, women's rights, corporate responsibility, and community empowerment.

Examples: ALERT Asia Foundation, Blacksmith Institute, Cambodia Trust, CARE Indonesia, CHF International, Family Health International, Futures Group, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, Helen Keller, Indonesia Parliamentary Center, International Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA), Indonesia Nutrition Association, International Medical Corps, JHPIEGO, JHUCCP, LKNU, Medecins du Monde, Mercy Corps, Muhammadiyah, National Democratic Institute, Project Concern International, Project HOPE Indonesia, Rachel House, Research Triangle Institute, Save the Children, The Learning Farm, UPC Wheels for Humanity, Uplift International, World Vision, and Yayasan Kusuma Buana (YKB)


Associations focus on health, business relations, and philanthropy. 

Example: AmCham Indonesia, The Employers' Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Association for Community Empowerment, Association of Philanthropy Indonesia, Indonesian Business Coalition on AIDS, and the US-ASEAN Business Council.


Educational Institutions include Paramadina University and the University of Indonesia.


Since 2012, ACCESS Partnerships has worked with American University as a resource on business-nonprofit partnership building. This includes teaching a skill institute on the topic.


We have also worked with foundations supporting cross-sector partnership building involving businesses. They include Ford Foundation and Medtronic Foundation.

Meet The Team

ACCESS Partnerships is staffed by a team of experts with extensive contacts and experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies in all parts of the world on a range of development issues. Our experience includes network and partnership-building, communication, training, monitoring and evaluation, policy-making, and advising.

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Technical Advisor



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Founder and Principal

The Team
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