Community Partnership Program


Partnership with civil organizations and private institutions for the management and operation of projects, homes, clubs and rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities:


Concept of community partnership:

Community partnership means the involvement of local community segments in the implementation of a mechanism or a local institutional organization, for various areas of comprehensive development, whether of cultural, economic or social service, for achieving specific objectives. Through such partnership, roles and responsibilities can be accurately distributed between the parties, and trait is also possible to benefit from the comparative advantages of each party, within a clear relationship that respects the rules of transparency and accountability. It also stems from the conviction of all partners to work together with a common vision through a clear and organized legal relationship based on credibility and mutual trust between partners and a continuous negotiation regarding the decision-making process and the consequent agreements according to which roles can be integrated, responsibilities can be clarified and each partner can be committed to the other direction towards the achievement of a common goal and mutual benefit.

Therefore, community partnership is concerned with the multiple interactions and cooperation between the public, private and civil sectors aiming at employing their human, financial, administrative, organizational, technological and cognitive capabilities on the basis of participation, commitment to goals, freedom of choice, shared responsibility and accountability in order to achieve economic and social goals which draw the interest of the community members and have a long-term impact. Consequently, the community members can cope with the contemporary developments in an effective manner and achieve a better competitive position.

In this regard, the Ministry of Social Development has taken the initiative to adopt partnership projects with civil and private society organizations in regard with all developmental, social, rehabilitation and welfare services provided by the Ministry. In 2008, it has also established a community partnership program committee by a ministerial decision for the purpose of organizing partnership programs and the mechanism of employment, supervision and control within the appropriate legal and legislative frames of the Ministry policy, in addition to following up the work of the technical team responsible for the evaluation of the executive performance of the community partnership.

Community Partnership Methodology in the Ministry:

1.The base for the establishment of the Community Partnership Project in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development:

The Community Partnership Project is the outcome of accurate studies and strategies that seek to create an overall society that is capable of standing in the ranks of the developed country. The Community Partnership Project is based on two national strategies representing its two main pillars, and they are:


A. The National Economic Strategic Plan 2030:

The National Economic Strategic Plan 2030 has been and still is the main approach to the plans and projects of the Ministry of Social Development, as the objectives of this strategy have crystallized the importance of adopting the principle of community partnership. The strategic objective (7) has provided for the institutional development of the Ministry by strengthening community partnership between the three main governments, private and civil sectors and which has been mentioned in sub-goal (1.7).

In addition to the above, many strategic objectives have shed the light upon the need for developing service programs through the Community Partnership Program, which illustrates the great significance of community partnership placed by the Kingdom of Bahrain thanks to its great positive impact.

B. The Government Work Program and Strategic Plan of the Ministry 2015-2018:

The Ministry has adopted the Community Partnership project and added it to its plan covering the years 2015-2018 convinced that joint work is the core of success of any project.

The strategy explicitly stipulates the concept of partnership in the values on which it is based, and particularly in the third section of it: "Partnership: aims at involving the three sectors of society (government, civil and private) in taking part in the upholding social responsibility to carry out social development goals.

This has been clearly stated in the Ministry's mission developed in accordance with the formulated strategy that targets involving all segments of society, to achieve the overall development of the citizen, and motivate him to take the social and economic initiative by upgrading the development work, strengthening the social segments in the local community, promoting its solidarity and protection, improving the quality of life of its members and supporting the process of sustainable development based on the principles of accountability and participation to achieve welfare and social security.

Furthermore, the Ministry's vision has stipulated the principle of partnership since the Ministry's vision stands for a Bahraini society based on solidarity, cohesion and partnership, and which acquires the contemporary positive variables in order to establish a distinct regional and global position. In this regard, it is clear that strengthening the community partnership between the three sectors is one of the most important strategic objectives of the Ministry in order to improve the quality of services.

2.    The Legal and Administrative Organization of Community Partnership in the Ministry:

The Ministry of Social Development has organized the Community Partnership Project by issuing a ministerial decision on behalf of His Excellency the Minister of Social Development to form a special committee for the Community Partnership Project and to encourage establishment of development projects that take place through partnership between the two sectors. This decision is considered the legal and technical reference for the work of the Community Partnership Project for this Committee.

3.    The Legal and Administrative References of the Community Partnership Committee:

The legal reference represents the legal basis from which the committee and its elements are derived as well as the members’ authorities to organize the work of the project. This partnership committee has been organized according to the ministerial decision No. 60 of 2012, to re-establish and form a community partnership committee.

As for the administrative reference, it refers to the organizational structure of the project of community partnership in the Ministry, which represents the executive management of what is provided by the legal basis for the partnership project as a whole.

The functions of the Community Partnership Committee:

Enact the public policies to consolidate and support the concept of community partnership between the Ministry and the private and civil sectors and supervise their implementation.

Develop an implementation plan for the mechanisms of achieving the public policy referred to in the previous item.

Propose development and sponsorship projects that can be assigned to the civil or private sector and transfer them to the concerned department for study.

Adopt Enterprise Performance Indicators in partnership projects through the establishment of sub-committees to evaluate and develop this partnership, and have access to the evaluation reports and forms of the partners' performance developed by the concerned department in accordance with the approved indicators.
Evaluate the programs and projects prepared by the Ministry's sectors and proposed to be assigned to the civil sector or the private sector and take a decision thereon.

Study and discuss the requests of partnership projects with the Ministry submitted by civil society organizations to the Ministry, and which include attached studies of the projects submitted.

Organize conferences and workshops aimed at strengthening the community partnership and planning in the field of this partnership, hand in hand with the presentations of community partnership projects therein.

Form sub-committees to review partnership contracts concluded with the civil and private sectors.

Communicate with specialized NGOs and review their development projects to be introduced to the public sector for adopting these projects.

Follow-up and evaluate partnership projects and make related recommendations.

Functions of the Technical Committee of Community Partnership:


  1. Review all agreements signed by the Ministry regarding the community partnership programs and projects.
  2. Assess the performance of partners in community partnership programs and projects periodically in accordance with the agreements signed in this regard.
  3. Crystalize new ideas and proposals regarding the terms of the agreements signed with the Legal Affairs Department in order to formulate them in the near future.
  4. Develop an executive plan for field visits to sites of implementation sites of community partnership programs and projects and prepare reports thereon.
  5. Update the field visit forms, in accordance with the innovative strategies based on transparency and impartiality.
  6. Develop an integrated plan for the development of institutional performance of partners, including the development of training and educational programs for its staff.
  7. Communicate with the concerned departments in the Ministry regarding the implementation of community partnership projects and programs.

The concerned authorities of Community Partnership:

•Non-governmental organizations according to the specialties and goals of such associations, for example but not limited to, partnership in the field of disability with associations working in this area and the case similarly applies to other associations according to their competence.
•The private sector and is being contracted according to the commercial register, which allows its organizations to work in the areas of social work.
•Experienced international institutions in the fields of social work.
The preferential terms for contracting with the Ministry in the field of services for persons with disabilities:
The terms of reference below indicate what must be provided in each project to facilitate the contracting between the requesting party and the Ministry, as follows:
•To represent one of the institutions working in the field of care and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and have sufficient experience in this area.
•To have the ability to manage the facility as perfectly as expected and in accordance with the administrative regulations of the facility, the laws and regulations in force.
•To own an accounting system to record the expenses and restrictions and manage cash for the entity.
•To have the ability to develop a program for improving the work of the facility and the services provided by it and develop the skills of its employees.
•To be able to abide by the law in non-governmental organizations and the law of the care, rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities and its executive decisions and related laws.
•To be able to provide the staff who will manage the institution.

The administrative and technical supervision and follow-up programs of community partnership:

Since the projects run by the Ministry's contractors are essentially public utilities, it is necessary to supervise and control these programs as one of the necessary obligations of the Ministry.

Moreover, such continuous supervision and control shall aim at improving work to provide the best services to citizens since they are the ultimate target of all these efforts.

In view of the importance placed by the Ministry of Social Development to the project of community partnership, it has assigned a great deal of efforts under its supervision and follow-up of these projects, and in order to gain an assured devotion from the Ministry to of all energies to the success of these projects, it is noted that supervision and follow-up are conducted through two stages:

1.    Supervision and follow-up of the specialized team for community partnership projects:
The technical team in charge of the evaluation of the executive performance of the community partnership shall exert the technical supervision upon the community partnership projects, through field visits carried out by the team on a regular basis to the sites of these projects in addition to meeting with those responsible for the projects.

2.    Supervision of the Community Partnership Committee on the work of the technical team:

The Community Partnership Committee shall also supervise and follow up the work of the technical team concerned with evaluating the executive performance of the Community Partnership, in order to ensure that the plans developed by the Committee are being followed and that this team is part of the work of the Parent Committee.
The committee will consider the reports submitted by the team on the work of the community partnership projects as well as the requests or complaints submitted to the team. The Committee shall take such action as may be deemed appropriate by the competent technical team.

In addition, the Chairman of the Technical Group is committed to the task of submitting reports and recommendations to the Community Partnership Committee after each visit made by of the concerned group.

Community partnership projects with NGOs working in the field of disability:

Academic Qualification Scholarship Program in Partnership with Community Centers Working in the Field of Disability:

For the seventh consecutive year, the program of academic qualification grants is implemented between the Ministry of Social Development and the heads of the boards of NGOs responsible for the twelve centers working in the field of disability, based on the decision of the Council of Ministers No. (01-2058). The project is being financed according to the operating budget of each center by %84. The Ministry also exerts its best efforts for covering  the operational budget estimated by up to 100%.

Detailed tables of the centers and the numbers of beneficiaries will be attached to the waiting lists, which are supported by the Ministry by 84% according to the centers operating budget standard, which is audited by an external auditing company.

1. The mobile units working in the field of disability:


Name of Unit

Committee in charge

Date of establishment

Type of service provided by the unit

Beneficiary Governorates

Number of beneficiaries


In-Home care center for people with special needs

Association of Parents and friends of people with disabilities


August 2009

Providing various types of social, psychological and health services needed by the disabled person in his / her home.

All governorates


From 12-50 years

Home Rehabilitation Center



Bahraini Association for Intellectual Disability and Autism


November 2007

Early intervention through the portage system for persons with disabilities

All governorates


From 4-15 years


2.    Car Driving Training Program for persons with disabilities:

Partnership Contract: Management and operation contract for the car driving training project for persons with disabilities.
Duration: 2 years.

Amount of support: - 25920 per year.

The center has trained at least 100 persons with different disabilities (physical, auditory, intellectual), in addition to the Ministry's decision to add it to its policies.
Measuring the quality of services in partnership programs by applying the institutional and technical evaluation form for the civil centers working in the field of disability:
Since the rehabilitation centers of the NGOs working in the field of disability have begun their activities, they have been facing massive challenges that almost have caused the termination of their services. One of the most important challenge among all has been the weak limited budget that supports their rehabilitation programs, and which depends entirely on the budget of the NGO in addition to the lack of specialized cadres in the field, which weakens the process of institutional development and hinders the access to the high quality service required. Thus, the Ministry of Social Development has taken the initiative for providing financial support through partnership programs, which is estimated by at least 84% of the operational budget of all rehabilitation centers. These centers have provided the opportunity for the continuity, advancement, development and granting of various desired services.

The evaluation of quality standards is carried out through several forms to measure the institutional and technical performance of the quality of programs and services provided in civil centers working in the field of disability. Before and after the inauguration of partnership programs, the minimum specifications that must be met to ensure that the beneficiary group has access to quality services and programs from the rehabilitation centers shall be assessed. In order to evaluate the efficiency of performance in these institutions or centers to identify the strengths, weaknesses and possibilities for future improvement, the results of this review can be used to identify the institution's technical and financial support needs, and to prioritize development and improvement of the future plan.

The importance of this tool and the practical measures taken is that it reflects all areas of the actual performance of the institutions at their different levels, of independent institutions or those subject to the law 21 or those of NGOs, as well as the possibility of investing in self-evaluation by those in the institution to identify the strengths and weaknesses. This enhances the capabilities of the leading human competencies to manage, plan and invest the best human and material resources. The more those in charge of the institution are open-minded and their practices are characterized with transparency, the more accurate and straightforward, and the internal and external auditors and consolidate and build upon what is in place for future development.

This guide provides an explanation of the most important axes of the institutional performance that will be reviewed and an adoption of the points for each axis and each indicator of performance in the institution. It also provides a definition of the most important axes and related indicators to be an essential reference for all those who will conduct the review process and the approval of the taken decisions.

The main advantages of the Community Partnership Project with NGOs working in the field of disability:

1. The fruitful contribution to the continuity of providing services and programs in the civil centers working in the field of disability after being financially and technically supported by the Ministry through community partnership projects.
2. Increasing the number of beneficiaries in the community centers working in the field of disability and providing them with services free or almost free after the implementation of community partnership projects.
3. Appreciating the strengths and weaknesses and exploiting the opportunities for improvement through the continuity of the evaluation and the obligation of civil centers to the recommendations of evaluation teams and the results of periodic visits.
4. Enhancing the satisfaction of the beneficiaries of the services provided in the community centers benefiting from partnership programs with the Ministry through the results of periodic questionnaires and technical reports to measure the satisfaction index of beneficiaries.
5. Proving the best practices by the rehabilitation centers through the application of quality standards for programs offered in the rehabilitation centers benefiting from partnership programs.













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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