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|
Clearly define roles for each member of the partnership to ensure stakeholders and partners do not get confused regarding the partnership process. Roles are best defined through both verbal confirmation during stakeholder workshops and the written partnership memorandum of understanding.
Clearly defined roles and responsibilities within the partnership helps to increase efficiency and avoid redundant work. When a partner lacks clarity regarding their role and responsibilities, the longer-term legacy of a project could be undermined. Partners may not commit to maintaining work. If partners do not understand the responsibility for future funding, work may cease. Lack of clarity may also cause misunderstanding and tension among partners.
In the Partnership for Sustainable Water Management (SUWAMA) on the Usa River in Tanzania, the partnership took care to make each partner’s roles and responsibilities explicit from the start. The Water User Association (WUA) chairperson worked with the catchment management authority to coordinate and chair meetings. The WUA and catchment management authority used their local knowledge to suggest how activities should be resourced and how this could help support the local government public mandate. Because these local institutions chaired the partnership process, the partnership was able to clearly show support for the public sector mandate of achieving water security in the local catchment for businesses and communities. By supporting the public mandate, the Water User Association cemented their purpose in the community.
Water Action Hub Staff
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