Who are USAID: RESILIM O’s stakeholders?
AWARD defines stakeholders as everyone who lives in, or has an interest in the functioning of the catchment. The AWARD team has split them up for pragmatic reasons but is aware of the dangers of doing this as people have multiple identities.
The work we’re doing to build stakeholder profiles is about putting people at the center of RESILIM O. Our stakeholder profiles of small groups or individuals help make people real, reminding us that real people live in the catchment, not statistics in a report.
Importantly, AWARD recognizes that not everyone who has an impact on the catchment lives in the catchment. We know that for transformation to happen, we need to engage with people who have a stake in the catchment, so we also work with the idea of stake-holding. This often relates to economic and environmental interests at play in the catchment and can operate at a local, regional, provincial or national level.
Stakeholders & partners as pathways to institutionalization
One of the core aspects of the USAID: RESILIM O project is the institutionalisation of integrated resilience-focused practices in the ORB. Central to this is collaboration with, and co-ordination of, stakeholder and partner efforts around collective action. This co-ordination is to be carried out by a specifically designed feature called the RESILIM Learning Network (RLN). The stakeholder and partner co-ordination processes will be structured around a social learning process that will strive for transformation of the ORB.
The RESILIM O learning network is made up of:
- Reference group: to provide conceptual support and strategic focus
- Team leaders: in charge of work packages, empirical research and evidence as basis for project direction
- Steering committees: for consultation and engagement grounded in institutional actions and functions
- Technical groups: to provide the basis for the development of resilience practices
- Strategic partners/projects: to be involved in social learning, dialogue/discourse development, data collection, practices , implementation, monitoring
- General partners & projects: for participation, attendance of meetings, conceptual input , review and critique
- Civil society: through media and communication and events
- Professional community: for professional growth and sharing work