Partos is the national platform for Dutch civil society organisations in the international development cooperation sector. This field includes poverty alleviation, humanitarian intervention, human rights and sustainable development. Many member organisations work directly in developing countries, often in cooperation with partner organisations. Other members focus instead, or additionally, on the Netherlands. In this case, the objectives include influencing policy, gaining and distributing information and knowledge, and consolidating a broad range of support among the Dutch public arena.
Partos supports these organisations in reaching their goals by working to increase professionalism throughout the sector and helping it to position itself clearly in the public eye.
Dorcas is a member of Prisma, an association of Christian organizations in the Netherlands who work in developmental assistance. Through Prisma, Dorcas is also a member of the ICCO Alliance. Dorcas receives funding from the Dutch government for its Health and HIV/AIDS program and its Food Security program through this alliance.