The review was a joint project between the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was implemented by the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development, the USAID Mission to Croatia and USAID’s partner institution World Learning.
Capacity building for effective partnerships
Local partnerships find themselves with a steadily growing number of tasks. To accomplish these tasks effectively, a number of different contextual factors are important: a supportive local community and enabling institutional framework, dedicated partners aware of the costs and benefits of partnerships; and an effective core partnership structure. Therefore, building capacities for local partnerships requires a threefold approach:
The project included two phases: (i) a one week visit to selected areas in Croatia, including interviews and round table meetings with local stakeholders, and (ii) a workshop to summarise the findings of the visit and include participants in interactive work. The workshop was important for presenting and exchanging international experiences.
Dates for the one week study visit and the workshop :
The final report
The report “Building Effective Local Partnerships in Croatia: Organisational Challenges and Strategic Orientations” (available in English and Croatian languages) brings together investigations of local needs, analysis of broader local challenges and practical capacity-building exchanges on international good practices in improving local governance through local partnerships. Key policy recommendations addressed the need for an increased co-ordination and integration between different policy areas at national level concerning local development issues and greater communication and exchange between local partnerships and central government institutions. Clear guidance for the work of partnerships, while maintaining the necessary flexibility, will be a pre-requisite for more effective local action. There should be greater support to joining up of efforts at local level within the framework of a local development strategy and regular opportunities for organisational development and specialised training for the partnership and its partners should be considered. Government counterparts of local partnerships will need to assist them in the establishment of strong performance management, monitoring and evaluation systems.
Varazdin and Vukovar were selected as locations for the one week study visit. The active review included a study conducted through peer review by an international panel comprised of OECD, USAID Croatia, World Learning, local development professionals and academics from OECD countries with strong expertise in local partnerships. The purpose of this review was to help identify the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches, to make recommendations for policy development and to provide learning models to guide the development of locally-tailored approaches. The review process included an assessment of the current contribution of partnerships to the delivery of policies and their role in designing and implementing local strategies. Strengths and weaknesses in the role of the partnerships against the socio-economic and institutional background, and the functions performed by the partnerships were examined. The survey included an assessment of the current contribution of partnerships in the delivery of policies, and their role in designing and implementing local strategies. A set of recommendations was development for further discussion.
Ms. Andrea-Rosalinde HOFER
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Trento Centre for Local Development, Italy
Mr. Arsen JURIC
Rule of Law and Local Government Affairs Specialist
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia