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Dear Amplify Team & experts,
Thank you for the observation, some of the concerns is captured in our user experience map that will be uploaded shortly.
Our partnership and collaboration is on –going with many (Disable people organizations) DPOs, self help groups,public & private sectors in Uganda. However during our stakeholders mapping and engagement in 2015 conducted in 15 districts of Uganda, it was observed that among the key challenges (extract from CBRN stakeholders mapping report, 2015) –stakeholder Risk analysis. The disadvantage of working in partnership outlined the advantages ones, which included;
-Individual DPOs continue to be constrained by lack of financial resources tend to shy away from partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders because of the scramble for control of their limited funded budgets.
-Lack of DPOs clear objectives, or difficult to agree on common objectives with intending partners & key stakeholders.
-Forming and managing a partnership can be a very timely process that can take away time from working directly on campaign issues and organizational tasks.
-Domination by one powerful organization. Power may not always be distributed equally among members; larger or richer organizations can have more say in decisions.
-May require to compromise position on issues or tactics
-Can be bureaucratic – shared decision-making can be slow and May paralyses program progress.
-Can often be constrained by a lack of resources.
-Potential for donor interference (e.g. a donor is interested in funding certain activities but there is a danger of planning activities only because you know you can get the funds).
All the DPOs you mentioned here have their own autonomous status and usually we partner if need arise to implement a certain programs or projects.
The CBR program when it started in Uganda way back in 80s/90s our organization community based rehabilitation national(CBRN) was a key to CBR programs in Uganda.The ministry of gender, labour & social development also was instrumental in CBR programs in 2002 in Uganda though with limited resources for CBR program sustainability and scaling up approaches. Our organization (CBRN) preferred and supported the approach of using local materials and local raised funds to sustain CBR Program, rather than the ministry of gender & labour approach of relying on donor dependence.
As an independent NGO we had to device way and different strategies by applying comprehensive CBR models for social inclusion of people with disabilities in Uganda. (Ref to our user experience map).
Dr.Fiona Kalinda and CBRN team