Work with the consortium to assess the level of fit and synergy between the potential partners and their level of commitment to the process. A key factor that needs to be considered is the culture of each organisation as this can have an impact on the success of collaborations.

Once the partners are identified, assist the consortium to:

  • Develop an initial vision and mission and document this.
  • Develop an initial partnership agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the partner agencies.

Several resources for undertaking these activities can be found in the Guidelines and Resources for NGOs.

Box B2: Strategies to reduce the complexity of collaborative arrangements

  • Develop formal contracts, memorandums of agreement and other mechanisms that clearly define roles and responsibilities and governance and service delivery processes, and ensure accountability. 
  • Using statements of principles to collaborate can also be helpful.

Begin a process of building and maintaining strong relationships with all of the agencies involved and between the agencies based on trust, understanding and open communication. Allow sufficient time to cement and strengthen consortia relationships. Stable and sustainable working relationships need to be established and maintained at an early stage in the process, before initiatives are implemented. Visioning and other workshop activities can assist in building effective relationships.

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