Empowered Partnership .. a tool for ascertaining SDGs – Empowerment.
Surmounting the setback of poverty, social exclusion, discrimination and inequality in a sustainable manner RAHAMA had to invent few strategic moves. Ascertaining effectual partnership with civil organizations and the coordination with relevant Govt. Depts., was one of the pursuance launched by RAHAMA. It was revealed recently that such intervention needs to design in a pragmatic way partly to enter into partnership with boundary partners while capacitating Community services organizations to reach proficient partnership levels. In this regard the first endeavor must be that
empowered people’s alliances, capacitated civil society organizations, government depts.. and the private sector institutions need to maintain a collaborative climate. Secondly, to work together with shared resources and also the solidarity and goodwill of our partner countries too are vital. In this context we understand that Development is about power and its progressive redistribution from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have-nots’ must be there in all spheres of political, social and economic life.
An area based partnership was in touch with RAHAMA since 2016 onward. When the total outcomes are concerned it was to some degree a difficult task mainly to bring all relevant partnering agencies together for the simple reason that needed coherence within entrepreneurial, NGO based, Governmental or the civil societal partners were somewhat at different levels. Nevertheless, the series of capacity building sessions were conducted on effective planning and implementation of activities were helpful to an extent.
Strengthening empowered partnership in the forthcoming period is vital on several reasons. When the term ‘partnership’ became frequently used by NGOs in 1980’s it was exhibited positive solidarity amongst development practitioners and all attempted to surmount the common problem of poverty. But since recent years, partnership has come to describe any sort of development relationship. In this scenario, RAHAMA has determined certain characteristics of effective partnership. One important mainstream was the efficient use of resources. Secondly, empowered partnership needs higher emphasis to link with Government sponsored development actions while practicing zero tolerance in all aspects.
To achieve sustainable development goals through empowered partnership, it is essential that limitations be adopted and agreed upon; equally essentials are political will, resourcing, and the appropriation of funds. Since RAHAMA is focusing on Empowerment of partner agencies it is also necessary to diagnose that to which degree the partners truthfully represent the interests of the local communities.
Therefore, the action under purview of RAHAMA for empowering partners are consisted of ; how to assure that partners are truly represent the interests or ambitions of local communities and to create sense of ownership of all. It is also vital that how best the partners can link their initiatives with state driven development projects / funds and technologies. Similarly, under the action of empowering partners RAHAMA has developed a five year strategic plan based on the lessons learnt so far and also in concern with the changed socio-economic settings in the country.