The ‘art’ in partnerships
If local governments drive local systems as is laid out in the USAID local systems framework, what guidance is there for appropriately involving them in a backbone structure?
But other sectors have studied collaborative partnerships for action, documenting the key conditions that have enabled or hindered their initiatives from taking collective action.
Strengthening a WASH system needs a whole partnership of actors working collectively, but what do partnerships need to work well?
Learning is both an art and a science and always benefits from the unique perspectives that each new contributor adds.
In our diverse, complex, controversial WASH systems, how do we balance those ‘requirements’ with the reality of what happens on the ground?