Q&A: Confidence and Partnership Building

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The aim of this FAQ is to share experiences with approaches, methodologies, techniques and skill-sets required for trust-building among parties involved in different stages of an IW activity i.e. in particular in the early stages the essence of confidence building, and in later stages of collaboration how to sustain the trust-level between partners.


How do you build confidence and partnerships?

  • Use integrative bottom up approach.
  • Involve all relevant stakeholders in project planning and implementation.
  • Identify benefits for different stakeholders.

What consitites an "effective" partnership?

Are these concepts measurable?

Are there different levels of confidence/ partnerships?

  • Personal
  • Institutional

How do you ensure sustainability of relationships over the long term?

What are some of the issues that may factor in this process?

  • Country specific context/ history
  • Resource availability/ scarcity
  • Ethnic tensions
  • Perception of other / foreign presence

Are there any concrete examples of effective confidence and partnership building measures implemented?

Further Readings

Links to Other Organizations and Other Resources

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