HRC REPORT: This report contains the results of an independent evaluation into Global Health Partnerships as outlined in Lord Crisp’s report, Global Health Partnerships: The UK contribution to health in developing countries (March 2003). The report clearly documents that links can benefit partners both in developing countries and in the UK – but also recognises that there is considerable variation in the effectiveness of links. It provides valuable guidance and recommendations for best practice. This report demonstrates the value that strategic and well structured links can add to strengthening health services in developing countries. We look forward to supporting such partnerships through the activities described above.