- Country Consortium Learning
- Visual Summary
- Part I: Benefits of Collaboration
- Part II: A Summary of the 10 Key Factors for Success
- Factor 1: Defining Common Aims and Objectives
- Factor 2: Ensuring Effective Leadership
- Factor 3: Ensuring Alignment
- Factor 4: Demonstrating Visible Support and Reliable Commitment
- Factor 5: Prioritizing Staff Time to Support the Process
- Factor 6: Ensuring Transparent, Effective Communication
- Factor 7: Clarifying Roles and Responsibilities
- Factor 8: Funding the Process
- Factor 9: Finding Common Approaches
- Factor 10: Managing Crisis Within the Consortium
- Appendix 1: Toolboxes
- Appendix 2: ECB Themes and Tools for Country Consortium-Building - A Quick Review
- Resource Library
- Video library
What we know about collaboration: the ECB Country Consortium Experience
The ECB Project released a new guide that outlines how organizations can work better together. The resource is designed for staff involved in humanitarian and emergency work, and other stakeholders including UN and government representatives, local partners, communities and academia. The resource was developed in collaboration with the ECB Project community and other organizations.
It defines ten key facts for successful collaboration including for example:
- Defining common aims and objectives
- Clarifying roles and responsibilities
- Funding the process
- Managing crisis within the consortium
How was it produced?
The guide draws on the practical experience of national and international NGO staff and is based on more than three years of country-level consortium work. Experiences are illustrated by a series of brief examples of collaboration initiatives from Bangladesh, Bolivia, the Horn of Africa, Indonesia and Niger.
Here are some suggestions from the guide on how to work better collaboratively:
- Identify activities that cannot be done better alone
- Keep activities small and simple at the beginning
- Decide on a leadership model
- Go where the energy and interest is: encourage members interested in particular activities to take them on and move them forward
- Consider hiring a dedicated ‘consortium facilitator’ and involve a number of agencies in the recruitment process
- Agree reporting templates and a monitoring and evaluation framework so that each partner gathers data in a similar way and results can be collated and analyzed quickly
- Use simulation exercises to develop understanding of how each agency functions
- Expect crisis and do not be discouraged by disagreements.
Support for the release of the resource:
Robert Francis Garcia, Advisor to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response, Oxfam GB, Philippines supports the release: "What we know about collaboration presents key lessons in consortium-building in a succinct and well-organised fashion. It is focused on general principles, but also offers clear direction on further reading and additional references. It is a useful basic resource for development workers embarking on cooperation projects".
Sveinn Benediktsson, Nethope, comments: “At Nethope we are looking into formalizing our chapter work in the field and I think this reference tool is very useful for all stakeholders in that work. Even though Nethope is focused on collaboration on information and communication technology I think most of the text is relevant and useful for our work.”
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