Building your partnering muscles: Seven core competencies

Partnership brings together complementary skills and institutional synergy in addressing the complex challenges in agricultural research for development. Therefore, no institution can afford to ignore it and at the same time expect to deliver impact. Seven core competencies for the success of partnerships have been identified: leadership, ability to negotiate, conflict management skills, effective communication, effective facilitation in identification of core issues, effective inter-personal relations and organizational ability. Seeking out training, coaches and mentors who can help inculcate the principles of these seven competencies can help program and project managers chart a course for learning to consistently make partnering work for them and their teams. This practice of ‘’building partnering muscles’’ should be adopted to improve delivery of impacts in agricultural research and development.
Le partenariat réunit ensemble des compétences complémentaires et une synergie institutionnelle pour relever les défis complexes en matière de recherche agricole pour le développement. Par conséquent, aucune institution ne peut se permettre de l’ignorer et réaliser l’impact. Sept compétences de base pour le succès des partenariats ont été identifiées: le leadership, la capacité à négocier, les compétences de gestion des conflits, la communication efficace, une animation efficace dans l’identification des questions de base, de bonnes relations interpersonnelles et la capacité organisationnelle. Chercher une formation, des formateurs et des mentors qui peuvent aider à inculquer les principes de ces sept compétences peut aider les gestionnaires de programme de projet à tracer la voie pour apprendre à faire constamment des partenariats de travail pour eux et leurs équipes. Cette pratique de la « formation du partenariat musclé » devrait être adoptée pour améliorer la prestation des impacts dans la recherche agricole et le développement.
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East Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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