Cooperation Offices and Networks – SCO Gaza and Westbank has all its senses in alert when it comes to Networks!

June 12, 2013 | bit-wartung | SDC Experiences, SDC Networks |


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The Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) Gaza and West Bank welcomes the SDC networks as back-up place to air ideas and think afresh. At the same time it asks for a win-win formula between the members’ concerns and demands and the networks’ predefined agendas. In the end, sharing and learning in networks is meant to increase the relevance of its work for the benefit of others.

By Giancarlo de Picciotto and the SCO Team Jerusalem

Like real Mediterranean, our involvement is important and fruitful when it comes to (e-)discussions and particularly face-to-face meetings. The array of topics and, even more, the linkages between subject matters discussed (rural advisory services and gender) encourage us to actively engage in furthering the concepts with our experiences.

In the case of the E+I thinking factory we do appreciate the hugeness of its outreach. It offers an exchange platform between SCOs, private sector representatives, implementers, NPOs, ex partners, officials, and the list is still long. Success factors from this particular Network could enrich other.

Maintaining topics high on the agenda, persuading, adapting, innovating are all knowledge functions important to our office. Networks give us most of the time a welcomed back-up, a place where to air ideas and think from the top of our heads. But when we feel the agenda leaves little space for the members’ concerns and demands, we ask ourselves how and how much we should continue our involvement. More predictability, a trifle more rules and a slightly more stringent planning could be of use. In this not-that-tangible knowledge business the win-win formula is of particular importance.

But all this is not art for the sake of art; what we exchange, what we share, what we contextualize or use directly is meant to be for the benefit of others. We learn and progress conceptually in Networks in order to increase the relevance of our work, put human faces on reference points, and probably grow individually, too.

Some networks disappear but their spirit remains alive because they’re outlived by the Grail’s keepers (political economy), some are coveted by more than one (health), some are barely visible because they are considered as an exclusive hunting ground of the fin/admin corporation (F+S), and some try hard to find their way into this world of knowledge brokering (culture matters). Networks are functional and therefore bound to change in the essence of their composition if the function evolves. And as SDC is evolving…


This post is the third in our series Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) and SDC networks.

Read the previous posts:

Networking in the far reaches of Mongolia (by Elmer Diepak)
The Pretoria Story (by Reto Wieser)


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