Five Critical Factors for Working Well in Partnerships

June 06, 2016

What are the critical factors in managing a good partnership? My experience coordinating the REE-CALL (Resilience through Economic Empowerment, Climate Change Adaptation, Leadership and Learning) programme in Bangladesh over the past five years has taught me that no matter how big the programme, or how complex, success depends on five critical factors:

  • Trust, respect and mutual learning;
  • Shared values and commitment;
  • Joint participation, responsibilities and ownership;
  • Joint accountability;

Risk sharing. 

The REE-CALL programme is ambitious, aiming to ensure that women and men most at risk from disasters and climate change in Bangladesh are able to thrive, in spite of shocks and change. The aim of the project is to achieve resilience through an inclusive community-based approach. So far, Oxfam and 15 partner NGOs have reached 225,000 households in 14 of the most disaster-prone districts in Bangladesh, and organized around 800 community-based organizations (CBOs), amplifying their voice, securing rights and entitlements, and increasing their income through diversified livelihood options

Tags : Climate change adaptation , community building , Programme management , Partnerships , Bangladesh

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