Collaboration to work towards better impact

“Collaboration to work towards better impact”, this was said during the workshop organized in Mekele from December 5- 6, 2017 by BENEFIT partnership coordination unit in collaboration with CASCAPE Tigray Cluster. The workshop was organized with the purpose to review the progress of 2017 BENEFIT Partnership programs joint plan and for 2018 planning. In the workshop, it was emphasized on the need of collaboration for BENEFIT Partnership programs and it was said that the collaboration helps to complement and supplement each other, among others things knowledge, experience, resources (finance and human), expertise, time, technology, approaches and to work towards bigger impact.

Dr. Dawit Alemu, BENEFIT Manager, said on his opening remark that this workshop is conducted annually in order to review the progress of the BENEFIT Programs who jointly work in Tigray and Amhara areas, celebrate the successes, discuss on the challenges, share learning and agree on the way forwards.

Consequently, the Tigray and Amhara BENEFIT joint plan intervention leaders presented the progress reports of Tigray and Amhara regions 2017 joint implementation status respectively and participants gave their appreciation on the progress. In addition, learning points during 2017 implementation were identified in order to inform the 2018 plan. A need for exercising bottom up planning, strengthening the integration of cross cutting issues, such as monitoring, communication, gender and nutrition in joint intervention, assignment of responsible staff and allocation of associated budget were some of points agreed as way forwards.

During the workshop, 30 participants that composed of all BENEFIT Program national and regional managers, regional/cluster coordinators and experts were participated. Currently ISSD, CASCAPE, SBN and ENTAG are working in collaboration in Northern part of Ethiopia under BENEFIT umbrella in order to improve food, income and nutrition security of rural households.