The Difficult Art of Partnership and Institutional Commitment

This paper looks at two aspects of institutional development in a university setting. It looks at how the design of South – North collaboration may have a bearing on the type of partnership that evolves. And it addresses the issue of how institutional commitment influences the depth and intensity of change processes. The paper will firstly examine the underlying assumptions that guide designs of South – North collaboration and how both deliberate and unintended consequences may influence the nature of the partnership between the involved institutions, especially while evolving and expanding such partnerships. The paper will also address the issue of institutional commitment as the impact of partnerships to a large degree depends on the breadth and depth of the institutional commitment. The aim is to identify the essential elements of institutional commitment in successful partnerships for institutional change. Finally, it will provide recommendations for best practise in establishing partnerships with institutional commitment within the university sector.
Cet article se penche sur deux aspects du développement institutionnel dans un cadre universitaire. Il examine comment la conception de la collaboration Sud - Nord peut avoir une incidence sur le type de partenariat qui évolue. Et elle aborde la question de la façon dont l’engagement institutionnel influe sur la profondeur et l’intensité des processus de changement. L’article examinera d’abord les hypothèses sous-jacentes qui guident les modèles de collaboration Sud - Nord et comment les conséquences à la fois délibérées et inattendues peuvent influer sur la nature du partenariat entre les institutions concernées, en particulier, tout en élaborant et en élargissant de tels partenariats. L’article abordera également la question de l’engagement institutionnel puisque l’impact des partenariats dans une large mesure dépend de la largeur et la profondeur de l’engagement institutionnel. L’objectif est d’identifier les éléments essentiels de l’engagement institutionnel dans des partenariats réussis pour le changement institutionnel. Enfin, il fournira des recommandations pour une meilleure pratique dans l’instauration des partenariats avec engagement institutionnel dans le secteur universitaire.
Extended Abstract for Coordinated Action for Agricultural Innovation
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.  This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Coordinated Action for Agricultural Innovation.