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Community Contribution

Gaining Stakeholder Buy-in through Building Trust and Sustaining Change in Municipalities

Natasha Stankovic,Ginka Kapitanova, Anelia Atanassova

Sustainable and locally led development is not just about providing technical assistance. That’s the easy part of any project. Our team specializes in how we inspire and sustain change for development through our CLA approach. This project employed several key advantages. A carefully chosen local team and a Chief of Party with experience as a successful elected mayor from the region, brought an advantage in understanding and addressing the motivations of the project beneficiaries enabling our team not just to develop a genuine rapport but gain vital buy-in especially in the initial self-assessment phase of the project. We took advantage of our deep understanding of the local context and a rapid well designed Applied Political Economy Analysis to play a role in how we sought to first transform perspectives before we could change management practices. Our approach is proactive, result-oriented, and respectful of our partners. The scope of the program was created with a learning approach from each successful cohort collaborating and inspiring the new cohort, and built-in plans for updating and adapting our assistance.

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