Do you agree with the theory that organisations involved in the HIV scenario will have a greater impact when they cooperate? Doing “our own thing” is often exhausting and limits our impact.
Sometimes we might dream about ways to unite. However, moving from the theory of cooperation towards the practice immediately opens many questions and opinions. Should there be a structure? Who should take the lead? What should bring organisations together? What aims should be pursued?
Networking takes time and energy that escalates when interaction grows. Many organisations spend all their energy and available funds to do its best for their beneficiaries and their communities. “Where are the reserves to participate in building networks?”
Furthermore. we have all had experiences of participating in network activities that disappointed us.
While we at CHABAHIVA Trust are aware of these and many other opinions and experiences, we took the first step to work towards growing an existing “unstructured network” between the Trust and a few organisations towards a more defined network.
We do this, believing that this will create a space for mutual support with benefits for all participants. Possible benefits may include sharing of information, opportunities to grow through peer sharing of lessons learnt, possible cooperative approach to funding, possible scaling of services, to mention a few.
We hope that participation in the network will strengthen organisations and that this will benefit their beneficiaries and communities.
As initiator of this collaborative network, CHABAHIVA Trust will endeavour to facilitate improved networking. However, positive synergy is the result of participants contributing from their respective strengths.
Taking this first step does not mean that we know where the journey together will take us. We do not think it will be simple and easy. We do believe it will be worth the effort.
We look forward to journey and grow with all partners of the CHABAHIVA Collaborative Network and we hope that this network will grow.
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