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Collaboration between 7 INGOs – how hard can it be? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
September 7, 2007, 9:12 pm
Filed under: accountability, If you only have 15 mins, organizational learning

The Emergency Capacity Building project is a Gates-funded project that allows seven international NGOs to collaborate to find better solutions to responding to humanitarian emergencies. Over a two-year period, these agencies and their strategic partners have addressed issues pertaining to staff capacity, accountability (primarily to affected populations), impact measurement, risk reduction, and the use of information and technology in emergencies.

Collaborating across seven different agencies on such a broad spectrum of issues has been interesting, challenging and with moments of humor (sometimes all at the same time!). The ECB evaluation spells out the lessons learned and recommendations for the future. The evaluation itself is a hefty 57 pages so before diving in you might want to skim through the eight page summary attached to this entry. The recommendations which are targeted towards a follow on phase have relevance to all of us involved in coordination, ECB Evaluation – key points wherever that might be.

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