Lessons learned: Models for convergence, linkages and collaborations among institutions (for sustainability and upscaling)
At local village level:
- Enhanced organizational capacities of the community in Village Development Society (VDS) can be transferred to the larger Panchayat system
- Integration of institutions for mainstreaming of development activities within CBOs for sustainability of activities undertaken as part of various programs
- Common platform created in the form of gram sabha for involving all the members of the community in decision-making processes especially during the selection of beneficiaries for development programs
- Discussions in the Gram Sabhas on the plan, progress and other project related issues openly ensured that information and decision making on all aspects including finances was in the public domain
- Participation can be understood in many ways. Despite cultural limitations, women can participate and exert their choices through various means (through husbands, sons). Type or extent of participation (of women) may differ among the villages depending on socio-cultural factors but as long as transparency and accountability are maintained in the decision-making processes (through grama sabhas), it is possible to achieve positive results.
- Preparedness of the community to own up the responsibility to manage and maintain
The key elements for successful collaborations among institutions (Government - NGO) are trust, agreements that are respected, sharing of information, roles and responsibilities and flexibility shown by the institutions to accommodate.
Requirements for successful collaborations:
- Transparency is a necessary condition
- Role and responsibility should be defined clearly
- Written and documented communication and agreements ensures accountability
- A clear understanding of strategy and goals amongst stakeholders is necessary