New age of partnership process
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CTA. 2000. New age of partnership process. Spore 85. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The long-term process of partnership building started by CTA in 1996 is now taking on a definite shape. Many organisations with whom CTA is in contact belong to the public sector. Nonetheless, as a result of the changes taking place in civil society...
The long-term process of partnership building started by CTA in 1996 is now taking on a definite shape. Many organisations with whom CTA is in contact belong to the public sector. Nonetheless, as a result of the changes taking place in civil society in the ACP States, independent sector organisations (ISOs) have emerged and are growing fast. They offer some actual and potential advantages in agricultural information services and thus play an important role in agricultural and rural development. CTA has decided to establish effective partnerships with ISOs and networks meaning a mode of long-term cooperation in which parties share goals, interests, strategies, resources, risks and benefits. In 1997 and 1998 pilot studies were carried out on partnership building with ISOs in West and Central Africa. These led to pilot programmes in Madagascar and Ethiopia (see Spore 82), and now with partners INADES-Formation (the training centre of the Institut africain pour le développement économique et social) in Burkina Faso and the Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) in Uganda. Among the services to be provided by INADES-Formation/Burkina to farmers and farmers organisations, village libraries and other development support groups, will be a series of publications and newsletters, in French, Mooré or Jula languages and a audio-visual show on agroforesty. Training encounters were held for leaders of farmers organisations and other ISOs. In Uganda, DENIVA will work with district resource centres to produce publications, and provide equipment and training. It will also channel agricultural information to national fora, newsletters and radio programmes. The partnership building process is now spreading to other regions. Studies were completed at the end of 1999 on potential partnerships with ISOs in South Africa and Jamaica, and it is expected that they will lead to similar agreements.