Three things I’ve learned by working for international cooperation agencies II

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Last week I posted the first challenge to collaboration: Multisector collaboration isn't easy. In this second installment I discuss the difficulties of leveling the playing field at the local level.

2. It’s possible to level the playing field but…: Knowledge to develop sound public policies is scarce at the local level so offering technical assistance is always welcomed. However, the process of providing it is not always straightforward. I’ve learned from working with stakeholders with different capabilities that international organizations need to adapt as best as possible and within the limits of the work plan to their needs in order to achieve the goals of the project, not the other way around. Conflicting agendas or backgrounds among policy makers or even finding an adequate facility to provide a training session, are potential problems waiting to be solved. These issues might seem minor, but they make all the difference between providing a training or consulting session which actually achieves the goal of strengthening stakeholders’ capabilities. Once more, dialogue not only with counterparts, but also with the administrative team and lots of planning are essential elements to provide technical staff (consultants, managers and local operators) with enough resources to increase the chances of delivering an effective activity.

Next Wednesday the final challenge: Quality data is hard to come by.

Last week I posted the first challenge to collaboration: Multisector collaboration isn't easy. In this second installment I discuss the difficulties of leveling the playing field at the local level.

2. It’s possible to level the playing field but…: Knowledge to develop sound public policies is scarce at the local level so offering technical assistance is always welcomed. However, the process of providing it is not always straightforward. I’ve learned from working with stakeholders with different capabilities that international organizations need to adapt as best as possible and within the limits of the work plan to their needs in order to achieve the goals of the project, not the other way around. Conflicting agendas or backgrounds among policy makers or even finding an adequate facility to provide a training session, are potential problems waiting to be solved. These issues might seem minor, but they make all the difference between providing a training or consulting session which actually achieves the goal of strengthening stakeholders’ capabilities. Once more, dialogue not only with counterparts, but also with the administrative team and lots of planning are essential elements to provide technical staff (consultants, managers and local operators) with enough resources to increase the chances of delivering an effective activity.

Next Wednesday the final challenge: Quality data is hard to come by.

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