Introducing international development management
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Introducing international development management

1.4.2 Building relationships

Getting a good institutional framework for development depends on getting a good set of relationships between all those people – more particularly the organisations – involved in development. Within the Development Management Programme, to help both with understanding the relationships that are in place at the start of any intervention and with identifying the (good) relationships that need to be in place if the intervention is to be successful, we suggest making use of the idea that all inter-organisational relationships can be seen in terms of competition, coordination and cooperation: the 3 Cs.

This is not the place to ‘defend’ that suggestion! And we are sure that there are other good ways of looking at inter-organisational relationships. What we would assert, though, is that some relatively disciplined way of looking at relationships is necessary. We would also assert, more practically, that development managers, as they set about building relationships that will help in steering development in the right direction, need to recognise that those relationships will not be of a single type, but rather a mix of the 3 Cs, and almost certainly a mix that changes over time.

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