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1 Moshi Dialogue Issues to be explored Conference MS 3 June 09

2 The typical Danish-Tanzanian CSO-partnership 1. Outset: Friendship between a Danish and a Tanzanian organisation, could be professional organisations, specialised in e.g. hunting, water and sanitation 2. The partners work together on joint projects that are limited in time, supported by Danida 3. Through the joint work the friendship and partnership is built up, modified and changed. 4. What is really the heart of the partnership, apart from the funding mechanism?

3 Typical faith-based Danish- Tanzanian CSO-partnership 1. Outset: Friendship between a Danish and a Tanzanian organisation, based on joint values 2. Personnel and ideas are exchanged, presence is valued 3. Institutions are built to serve the poor, often with heavy North-input 4. To some extent the partners work together on joint projects that are limited in time, supported by Danida 5. Through the joint project work the friendship and partnership is built up, modified and changed. 6. What is really the heart of the partnership, apart from the funding mechanism?

4 Fowler-’pathologies’ ? – glimpses from EASUN process ”Northern CSOs build up a branch in Tanzania, their ’Tanzania office’. They build up capacity of the Tanzanian partners, and afterwards employing the partners’ best staff, leaving the partner in a difficult situation…” ”Northern CSOs build up a branch in Tanzania, their ’Tanzania office’. They build up capacity of the Tanzanian partners, and afterwards employing the partners’ best staff, leaving the partner in a difficult situation…” How to secure the Southern organisations’ integrity How to secure the Southern organisations’ integrity

5 Fowler-’pathologies’ ? – glimpses from EASUN process Capacity development of Southern CSOs aims primarily to secure smooth management, not to build up strategic thinking skills Capacity development of Southern CSOs aims primarily to secure smooth management, not to build up strategic thinking skills Strategizing might be experienced as a thing Northern NGO’s do to suit the back donor, not at something which is owned by both partners, not to talk about the beneficiaries… Strategizing might be experienced as a thing Northern NGO’s do to suit the back donor, not at something which is owned by both partners, not to talk about the beneficiaries…

6 Other observations from EASUN: on Dutch (or could it be Danish?) NGOs emphasizing equality: ”They don’t want to be seen as imposing even when they are imposing…” on Dutch (or could it be Danish?) NGOs emphasizing equality: ”They don’t want to be seen as imposing even when they are imposing…” ””Do not bite the hand that feeds you” is an old African proverb – and this is very well managed from this side” ””Do not bite the hand that feeds you” is an old African proverb – and this is very well managed from this side”

7 Mandate of Civil Society Organisations Is it enough to have a good idea and be able to formulate and run a programme? Is it enough to have a good idea and be able to formulate and run a programme? How can CSOs claim a mandate? How can CSOs claim a mandate? Who do they represent – measurement:Membership figures, geographical rooting, or? Who do they represent – measurement:Membership figures, geographical rooting, or?

8 The added value of civil society Civil society – what are our particular characteristics, what can we particularly offer compared to state and market? Civil society – what are our particular characteristics, what can we particularly offer compared to state and market? How to develop our characteristics and capacity so that we are not just a sub- department of the back donor? How to develop our characteristics and capacity so that we are not just a sub- department of the back donor? Values, e.g. to serve and/or to democratize/politicize/mobilise? Values, e.g. to serve and/or to democratize/politicize/mobilise?

9 Questions to partnerships At what level is the commonality? At what level is the commonality? On which basis is my intervention appropriate? Procedural/values On which basis is my intervention appropriate? Procedural/values Do I intervene on basis of what we share? Or on basis of my own values? Do I intervene on basis of what we share? Or on basis of my own values?


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