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Working effectively through partnerships - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania

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Working effectively through partnerships - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania
Abstract
This short paper draws out lessons for working effectively with and through partners, based on the experience of the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) programme – an adaptive, politically smart governance programme in Tanzania. • Cultivating effective partnerships can be a key part of delivering locally legitimate projects that have the potential to create sustainable change. Adaptive and politically informed ways of working create specific opportunities and challenges for doing this well. • Flexible and adaptive programmes are deliberately designed to experiment and to make small investments in different areas, to see what will work. While this is often important for making headway on complex challenges, it can also leave partners exposed and can undermine trust. • It can also be challenging to balance the need to meet accountability commitments to donors while allowing local partners to take the lead in pursuing their own objectives. • Co-creating plans, priorities and activities with partners has the potential to resolve some of these tensions. But the time and patience required to do this successfully should not be underestimated, and can be difficult to maintain in the face of pressure from donors to see results within a confined timeframe.
Place
London
Institution
ODI
Date
2020.03
Accessed
2021-02-18T13:28:43Z
Citation
Laws, E. (2020). Working effectively through partnerships - Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania. ODI. https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/202002_odi_i4id_briefing_note_gender_web.pdf