Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 5 of 10: Lesson Two - Working with Local Actors
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Local Ownership

Local ownership can be thought of as a building with several pillars. If you (the advisor) make yourself one of the pillars and have to be removed later, the house will crumble. Advisors should view their role as part of a "scaffolding" arrangement that has been put in place to support capacity development.

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At some point, when the "building" is well on its way to standing on its own foundations, the scaffolding can be dismantled and taken away. As an advisor, you need to make sure you are part of the process, not the solution and that the building will stand once you have left. 

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