DWF works in partnership with local artisans and builders, community based organisations, local and national government, and international agencies. As a relatively small organisation, partnership is important, and it enables DWF to scale up the impact of its projects and lessons learned from successful projects. For example, DW collaborates with the Association of Vietnamese Cities to spread the message of the DWF programme in Viet Nam; in the Sahel DWF has encouraged and trained partners such as PAB (Promotion de l’Artisanat Burkinabè) to integrate woodless construction into their activities, and the Woodless Construction Project in Niger. Study visits are another important form of partnership. In 2009 DWF and the Building and Social Housing Foundation organised a study visit to Vietnam for the DW Prevent Typhoon Damage to Housing project which won the 2008 World Habitat Award (See Awards) (see photo above).
In 2009 study visits have been arranged between DWF staff in Vietnam and Save the Children staff in Myanmar.
Other institutional partners include:
Acacia Partnership Trust (UK) / Asian Disaster Reduction Response Network (ADRRN)
/ Asian Disaster Aga Khan Foundation / Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Alternatives, Montreal / Australian Development Aid / Beauchamp International, France & UK / Canadian International Development Agency / Children in Crisis / Danida (Danish International Development Aid) / Danish Red Cross / Department for International Development (DFID) UK / Development Workshop Angola / Development Workshop Burkina Faso / Development Workshop Canada / Euro Action Acord / European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) / European Commission Office for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) / European Development Fund / Familles Maintenant, Burundi, Fama / Focus Humanitarian Aid / Fonds Aide Viet Nam – Canada / Ford Foundation / Global Network for Disaster Reduction GNDR / GTZ / Intermediate Technology Development Group & Practical Action / International Labour Organisation / International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) / Kologh Naba, Burkina faso / Lund University / Lutheran World Relief / One World Action / PAB (Promotion de l’Artisanat Burkinabè) / Raja Foundation / Red Cross in Burkina Faso, Mali, Vietnam & Indonesia/ Save the Children UK / Save the Children in Myanmar / Save the Children US & Haiti / Selseleh Integrated Development Programme (Iran) / SOS Sahel / ti Paalga / UNCHS / UNDP / USAID / US Peace Corps / World Bank / World University Service Canada / Worldwide Fund for Nature.
Since 2003 DWF has had a Framework Partnership Agreement with ECHO, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office.