Factors Influencing Effective Management of NGO Partnerships
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 5, September 2017, Pages: 158-170
Received: Jul. 12, 2017; Accepted: Jul. 25, 2017; Published: Aug. 23, 2017
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Rehema Batti, School of Management, Atlantic International University, Honolulu, USA
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Partnership is an emergent and dynamic process and working in collaboration with others is never easy especially when it involves organizations with diverse and sometimes conflicting mandates, cultures, capabilities and aspirations. However, local NGOs in developing countries experience difficulties in effectively achieving their mandates without collaborating with others. Effective management of partnerships is important because a failed partnership process can be disastrous and ruin an organization’s viability and legitimacy. The purpose of this paper is to highlight obstacles that hinder effective management of partnerships between Local NGOs (LNGOs) and International NGOs (INGOs). The study results indicate that NGO partnerships added value to development efforts at community level however this good work may be affected if obstacles that hinder effective management of partnerships are not consistently addressed during the partnership lifecycle. The following obstacles were highlighted; minimal involvement in decision making, inadequate technical and organizational capacity, inadequate resources to support partnership objectives, minimal participation in project design, inadequate communication and low levels of commitment. In conclusion the study findings suggest that NGO partnerships still operate at a transactional level. It would be ideal if those who initiate, engage and manage these partnerships progressively shift to more transformational forms of engagement in-spite of the funding aspect.
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Partnership, Collaboration, NGOs, INGOs, Alliances
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Rehema Batti, Factors Influencing Effective Management of NGO Partnerships, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 5, 2017, pp. 158-170. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20170505.11
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