CIVIL SOCIETY: How ineffective collaboration undermines philanthropic results for society, and what can be done about it?
How can donors and grantees learn to work well together? Reduced to the essentials, there are three imperatives of effective collaboration – for which both parties must share responsibility. They are resource it right, make sure that the grantee has what it takes to get the job done. Pursue partnership, develop shared goals and a productive working relationship (which demands a certain level of strategic clarity and a reasonable “cost-of-capital” burden on the grantee). Get better together, create the necessary conditions for learning and continuous improvement. These imperatives appear simple; experience has shown, however, that following them almost always requires confronting – and overcoming – some deeply ingrained dynamics, assumptions and behaviors.
Birungi K. Desiderius
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Better World Uganda
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