Collaboration and Partnerships – A flexible approach

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Over the years, organizations have realized the importance of collaboration to actualize projects and meet objectives. With collaboration, different skills are brought on board, ensuring that there is an expert in each field, meaning that each deliverable is achieved at its best.

In the development sector, collaboration brings out the best of projects, thus having the best of impact on the target societies. Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals is ‘strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development’. Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda requires a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that brings together Governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors and mobilizes all available resources. Enhancing support to developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and the small island developing States, is fundamental to equitable progress for all. This goes to show that partnerships are being embraced across the globe for the progression of the human race through all sectors.

Where there are local projects, collaboration of different stakeholders is necessary. The stakeholders here being the target local communities, the local administration, different expert organizations and individuals in the fields. As Considr, we support collaboration and engagement of different experts for achievement of a project. We partner with different organisations to lead the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes, as well as carry out research work.

As much as organizations that work together in a particular project have an overall objective, they also individually have roles, learning goals, action points and key issues they would like to evaluate as an organization. In such situations, there needs to be an independent evaluator that is able to evaluate the overall collaborative efforts of all organizations in a project, and also evaluate key issues relevant to each organization, for learning purposes. This will encourage learning and improvement within partner organizations.

Our work mainly revolves around flexible approaches in working with different organizations to ensure that set objectives are achieved and also advise on better practices that can be used to better programs. Working in environments that require constant reevaluation and change of strategies and activities, we have realized the importance of flexibility in our M&E and research approaches, to ensure we capture all required information and more importantly, lessons learned in situations of change.

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