|Title||Creating space for innovation : understanding enablers for multi-sector partnerships in the water and sanitation sector|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Newborne, P., Caplan, K.|
|Pagination||27 p. : boxes, fig., tab.|
|Publisher||Building Partnerships for Development (BPDWS)|
|Place Published||London, UK|
|Keywords||case studies, decision making, government organizations, institutional aspects, low-income communities, non-governmental organizations, partnerships, planning, private sector, sanitation, sdiman, water supply|
A 2002 BPDWS study suggests that multi-sector partnerships (MSPs) are often uninformed about and unprepared for wider contextual factors that could obstruct their progress. In order to avoid stumbling blocks that MSPs may encounter and to prompt partnership practitioners into discussion BPDWSÂ has designed a discussion tool, in order to assist partnersâ€™ preliminary analysis of the context in which they work. The original remit of the project was to determine the macro processes and phenomenaÂ enabling or disabling multi-sector partnerships in the water and sanitation sector, in particular for MSPs designed to improve service delivery to poor households. It appeared, though, that the consulted practitioners encountered many real and potential blockages to MSP progress operating within the institutions and organisations they were representing. A framework of analysis describes the internal and external obstructions.
The discussion tool assists partnersâ€™ preliminary analysis of the context in which they work, as well as the aspects of that context that they are seeking to address. Although overlapping, the research team broke these factors in three themes : 1) ensuring organisational cohesion and backing without which an individual partnerâ€™s participation is likely to falter, 2) forging solid relationships between partners, and 3)Â ensuring that the scope of the partnership is appropriate for the context and the resources available.
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