Effective training in everything from power dynamics to relationship building is one aspect fundamental in achieving that collaboration, Chris Roche, associate professor and chair in international development at La Trobe University in Melbourne, told Devex.
Development happens in a “chaotic and nonlinear, power-riddled way,” Roche said, and timely knowledge of the power and politics behind it are crucial in order to navigate it successfully.
This understanding, in fact, is the first step to managing processes and projects, although organizations also need to be able to create a culture comfortable with uncertainty and the rapid changes inherent in the sector.
Lisa Cornish is a freelance data journalist based in Canberra, Australia. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane and online through news.com.au. Lisa has recently been awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.
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