Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 7 of 10: Lesson Four - Functioning in a Complex Environment
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• As an advisor in a complex environment, you come across various dilemmas and tradeoffs, including: multiple bosses, dependence on international support, the decision to do or to support, to blow the whistle or not, counterpart being open to change versus resistant to change, and the inclusion of the local dimension.

• A useful technique of coordination that helps avoiding duplication includes the mapping of actors/stakeholders. Mapping the function of diverse actors and their interdependencies will help identify benefits and challenges of coordination.

• In addition, you need to be aware of the various challenges such as environmental, organisational, structural as well as management. It is good to approach coordination strategically and to pay attention to possible pitfalls.

• Several key coordination strategies can be identified, that focus on sharing information, understanding each other, networking, identifying contributions, and discussion of priorities/objectives in order to create a space for coordination.

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