Strategic partnerships aim at bringing about systemic improvements in developing countries and emerging nations and make a measurable contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They exceed the direct confines of an individual enterprise and support socio-economic development in several countries at the same time through close cooperation among ADA, European business partners and local actors.

They often stem from previous collaborations with ADA, but can also be proposed by businesses or initiated by ADA itself (via calls for proposals, for example). Together with the partners, ADA draws up a strategy, while contributing its expertise and mobilising resources, networks and contacts.