Do you know how to align your goals with government?
This might help you find out
- What are the policies and planning relevant to your theme, topic or aim?
- Which institutional structures should you work with (such as a PPP unit)?
- Which decision making powers does government have in partnerships?
- Overall, are policies, laws and regulations conducive for your PPP?
- How does government work in practice, beyond formal structures?
- Is there political appeal and priority for working in partnerships?
- How have other partnerships experienced working with government?
- What are the interests that lie behind the ‘policy’?
- Who takes the decisions and in which part of government?
- What are other factors to check when aligning with government’s policies, regulations and laws?
Tips and tricks
When aligning goals with government, please check:
- what type of agreement document is required to formalise the partnership
- if the partnership agreement is legally binding and valid from the perspective of government
- if the agreement is embedded in public processes (eg. budget planning, procurement law)
- If you understand government timeframes
- whether government understands the type of timeframes you and other partners work to
- whether your government counterpart understands and endorses your motivations for partnering with government
The following should be clear in the agreement and acceptable to partners:
- Roles and responsibilities
- Governance structure
- Timelines and expected milestones
- Performance indicators
- Financial arrangements including total partnership cost and who contributes what
- Monitoring and evaluation procedures
- Intellectual property rights, use of logos, liabilities etc
- Clear standards and commitments
- Clear monitoring and evaluation systems
Suggestions for further reading
Cross Sector Partnership Formation: what to consider before you start?, PrC 2012
Guide for developing an overview on partnership models in a country, PrC