2. Building with expertise from the South professional partnerships, thematic networks and strategic alliances
While the States disengaged themselves from several development issues and social services, many sectors were liberalised and democratisation was engaged, diverse and active forms of civil society appeared in the South. These civil societies foster initiatives in many fields of interest, such as social, economic, environmental, union, civic and political issues. Many institutions, diverse in forms and in scales, have emerged, developed and structured themselves.
CIDR intends to build its support policy through three types of partnerships : co-promotion with professional operators, exchange and advocacy networks with autonomous institutions, strategic alliances with actors from the South.
Each of these partnerships will be characterised by the nature of the relation, the profile of the institutions or actors involved and its purpose. In each case, CIDR commits itself to building a quality partnership, based upon reciprocal terms that are clearly and precisely defined, internal and external evaluations and transparent processes of information sharing. It commits itself to activate monitoring tools and mechanisms with relevant and objectively verifiable indicators to be defined jointly with its partners.
2.1. Co-promoting programmes with professional operators
CIDR will build partnerships with interested professional operators for the co-promotion of programmes in the countries or regions where it is active. These partnerships will aim at diversifying actions in favour of specific population groups and at answering new needs. It will be based upon a joint definition of objectives and a pooling of competence and means. According to circumstances, it will be formalised in general agreement with more precise and detailed yearly agreements, in “delegation” contracts or in technical assistance contracts.
2.2. Structuring thematic exchanges and advocacy networks with autonomous institutions
In first instance, CIDR partners are the social and economic institutions it has co-promoted and/or led towards their autonomy. These are services enterprises working with producers’ organisations, village saving and credit networks, solidarity group lending institutions, health insurance institutions, local councils, services users’ associations, neighbourhood organisations, etc. CIDR will follow and support the networking actions to link these autonomous organisations on thematic issues at national or sub-regional level. The objectives of these thematic networks are : organising exchanges on know-how, methodologies, development experiences, bargaining skills; participating in the political dialogue for the elaboration of public sectorial policies.
2.3. Building strategic alliances with actors from the South
Collaborators of CIDR, coming from southern countries, have created the “International Alliance for Development and Research”. This alliance has a political project and a “charter” to guide its orientations. It is a group of persons who share the same principles and action modes and have a common vision on development. CIDR will support these actors in the implementation of their own private development structures. It will initiate a policy of organisational learning. CIDR will also support them by sharing development research activities. It will install a knowledge management centre. It will establish with these structures long term political and strategic alliances.