Posted on August 31, 2021 by Lillian Holmes
|Authoring Organizations:||CEO Water Mandate|
California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
|Last Updated||Jul 6, 2022|
Whether your partnership engages multinational corporations, large NGOs, development agencies, or other global entities, engaging local partners and framing local knowledge is a key value add of project participation. Multinational entities may be highly motivated to engage on natural resources in a region that is a priority among their international operations, but they may still rely on local project partners such as local NGOs or other technical actors to help them understand key natural resources challenges in the region. Consider establishing learning sessions with local experts and organizations as guest speakers.
The California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) is a coalition of more than 20 organizations ranging from multinational corporations to local NGOs, among other partners. The coalition found that the multinational corporations were eager to benefit from local NGOs’ understanding of the ins and outs of California water issues. CWAC engages a nonprofit dedicated to facilitation NGO to lead meetings, and the professional facilitators regularly host sessions with guest speakers from community organizations to share information on a variety of local water topics, such as drinking water access, water policy at the state level, and forest restoration in California. Companies have identified this education component as a key value add of CWAC membership because they are able to benefit from this on-the-ground knowledge to create relevant and durable projects.
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This lesson learned reflects the beliefs and experiences of the author, not necessarily the Pacific Institute, CEO Water Mandate, or UN Global Compact.