specifically those pertaining to the partnering process. We are also concerned to explore whether partnership brokering actually makes a significant difference to collaboration effectiveness, innovation and sustainability – and if so, in what ways.
Some early findings from the range of action research we have undertaken to date suggest the following:
|Collaborative challenges||Partnership Brokering Solutions|
|Limited understanding of what it takes to partner successfully – too few players thinking it through coherently and continuously||A situation brokers themselves are particularly well placed to rectify if their expertise and insights are properly articulated and valued|
|Organisations that are un-fit for partnering – many failing to recognise how their culture and behaviours need to adapt in order to collaborate effectively||An area where brokers can, and increasingly do, make a critical contribution|
|Communication breakdown – working inter- (and even intra-) sectorally can be surprisingly difficult and frequently leads to breakdown||Partnership brokers can help transform breakdown into breakthrough – getting beneath the surface and building creatively on diversity|
|Failure in terms of legislation and policy-making – to create an enabling environment for partnering||Partnership brokers can help to build a collective voice to address this on behalf of partnerships everywhere|
|Donor practices undermining rather than supporting collaboration – by funding them inappropriately||Partnership brokers are taking a lead in working with donors to change this|
|Lack of recognition of the critical role partnership brokers play – meaning that they are unable to use their skills and insights to help those involved to optimise potential||All stakeholders involved in multi-stakeholder collaboration need compelling evidence that demonstrates why, when and how good partnership brokering makes a difference|
In general terms we anticipate that our research and learning work will enable us as an entity and partnership brokers worldwide to:
The research findings and lessons learnt will form the basis of our transforming work.