If you have a potential match, do you know how to integrate this mutual benefit into your design and approach?
Why is this important?
In order to anticipate challenges and incorporate government’s motivations into your design, the partnership should remain flexible enough, so you can adapt and re-design the partnership in the course of implementation. This is important in case government roles alter throughout the partnering process and to allow for changes in internal and external circumstances. As such, commitments can be adjusted to meet new and unexpected challenges
Tips & tricks
When re-designing your partnership in order for you to have government partners engaged and committed, make sure you focus on:
- shared planning and decision making
- dealing with structural asymmetries or imbalances of power between partners that will affect how they will collaborate
- acceptance of mutual responsibility for sustaining or rolling out the partnership and/or its results
- knowing the risks that might influence the sustainability of the partnership vis-a-vis government follow-through on contractual commitments
- Partners understand and endorse the partnership’s management and decision-making systems
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