Hi, Ms. K. wright,
Four key perceived hindrances to programme collaboration:
1. While mandates across agencies are usually interrelated, focus and loci may be varied and priorities really seemed to clash.
2. Collaboration is a sound mechanism towards resource sharing which all may say "limited" --- hence, could be an opportunity than a threat. The barrier would be the difficulty building consensus or the process of buy-in among stakeholders
3. Unique internal organizational procedures which collaboration tends to weaken even consensus was already achieved.
4. Quality or leadership requirement. All factors being equal, if leadership becomes the major barrier, then expect poor results.
How to address:
1. There should be an interesting platform for the different sectors to play their specific mandate, e.g., a National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Development where each stakeholder will have an appreciation of the outright contribution of one's mandate/sector to the common line of sight.
2. Clear communication strategy helps in making the agenda clear and each players see the Vision and the categorical imperative of bringing in the sector or development theme.
3. At the onset, risk assessment must be done among stakeholders, see how perceived barriers could be resolved and how other stakeholders could help.
4. I wonder how we can put the right person to the right position, how we could apply or put into practice the different theories in public-business management/administration. Politics is always both good and evil. It penetrates all the different tiers in governance.
Abstract? Yes but can be discussed to be workable by defining our terms of reference.
Thank you Eva Benita A. Tuzon for your thoughtful reply. Very insightful guidance and certainly provides an encouragement to start thinking differently about how we do things in the world of social intervention. The idea of doing risk assessments to identify barriers and potential hindrances is very useful and should become common place so that programme managers and administrators confront these from the outset and mitigate as far as possible.
I'm afraid the issue of leadership and governance is quite a thorny issue and unfortunately impacts so negatively on how we collaborate around similar objectives. However, you are right, having clear terms of references and objectives should support the process.
Thanks again Eva...hope to speak lots more.