Thinking Stategically and Working Collaboratively for Effective Local Economic and Community Development is a one-day workshop.
Within the framework of Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), this workshop aims to enable participants to gain:
- A good understanding of the principles of good governance for effective partnership working;
- An appreciation of how to develop strategic thinking skills to enable shared solutions to key challenges;
- An awareness of how to develop oneself to become a more effective collaborative leader.
Local Community Development Committees bring together a wide range of partners with different experiences, expertise and perspectives who have the challenging task of working together to prepare the local development and community parts of the Local Economic and Community Plans (LECP) for their area. Firstly, this requires an understanding of the principles of good governance - the process by which partners are required to work together, their roles, responsibilities and how they are held accountable. Secondly, as the challenges faced by localities are complex, achieving effective and sustainable solutions requires partners to develop the ability to think strategically, going beyond traditional functional, organisational or even sectoral allegiances, to agree what they need to achieve together. Thirdly, achieving this common purpose requires the development of a collaborative mindset, engaging in constructive dialogue, a willingness to embrace difference and diversity in thinking and approaches, and developing new skills in managing tensions and conflict to build trust and positive working relationships.