Posted on August 13, 2019 by Lillian Holmes
|Authoring Organizations:||Pacific Institute|
|Consulting Organizations:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH|
|Last Updated||Aug 13, 2019|
Different types of partners and stakeholders need different forms of engagement. Partners differ in their level of involvement – are they a core partner, a secondary partner, or a benefactor? Partner type also affects engagement strategies, whether the partner belongs to the public sector, private sector, or a local community. Since different stakeholders have different needs, norms, and expectations, they will each resonate more strongly with different approaches, framings, and language. The most effective engagement strategies adapt their approach to meet the audience’s needs.
Specific engagement according to the stakeholder needs will result in:
In Tanzania, the Partnership for Sustainable Water Management in Usa River (SUWAMA) discovered that when partners called a meeting for farmer training, only men attended. This gender imbalance occurred despite the heavy involvement of women in small-scale farming in the area. Women’s knowledge and input could have been invaluable when designing successful interventions. Inclusive engagement requires specific gender-sensitive design to overcome this type of response and ensure diverse opinions are being captured. In hindsight, project partners would have been well-served by designing specific processes for engaging and inspiring female participants.
Water Action Hub Staff
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