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Using networks to strengthen National
Training Institutions (NTIs)
Potential and challenges
Social network:
Individuals, friends,
family, acquaintances,
colleagues, employees,
etc.
Business network:
suppliers, comp...
• Increased demand for training because of trend
towards decentralization/deconcentration
• Training opportunities existed...
Why?
The advantages of a network
Advan-
tages
Provide
exposure and
interaction
Share
expertise
(from
documents to
staff)
P...
• Identify a common theme and area of work
• Identify members that are sufficiently comparable and
sufficiently complement...
•Existence of comparable/complementary
training providers.
•Trend towards competition rather than
collaboration between po...
How?
Sustaining networksEffectivenetwork
Productive role for each member
Ensuring benefits for all members
Open and regula...
Increased difference
in contexts
Increased disparities
between members
Individual motivation
and engagement
Demonstrating
...
Are networks a cost-effective way of
strengthening national institutes?
The “theoretical” arguments remain strong:
commona...
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Using networks to strengthen National Training Institutions (NTIs)

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A presentation by Anton De Grauwe for CIES 2018 conference on supporting national training providers in educational planning and management.

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Using networks to strengthen National Training Institutions (NTIs)

  1. 1. Using networks to strengthen National Training Institutions (NTIs) Potential and challenges
  2. 2. Social network: Individuals, friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, employees, etc. Business network: suppliers, competitors, customers, B2B customers, shareholders, etc. Institutional network: Government, NGO, business incubators, international development agencies, etc. Network typology Intra- & international socialization Inter-organizational connections (dyadic relationships) Source: Oparaocha, G.O; Ricardo, L. (2011): The Role of Institutional Networks in the Internationalization Process of SMEs What is an institutional network?
  3. 3. • Increased demand for training because of trend towards decentralization/deconcentration • Training opportunities existed, but training was dispersed, disconnected, and decided by the supply- side, including development agencies • Specialized national training providers exist in several places, but they had little contact with each other. • In several countries, their role in providing training for the public administration was limited. In others, they played a key role. Why? The background
  4. 4. Why? The advantages of a network Advan- tages Provide exposure and interaction Share expertise (from documents to staff) Provide strategic thinking to tackle common challenges Strengthens legitimacy of institutions
  5. 5. • Identify a common theme and area of work • Identify members that are sufficiently comparable and sufficiently complementary • Instigator(s) with strong motivation • Mutual appreciation among potential members • Demonstrate potential advantages • Existing personal contacts/networks How? Constructing networks
  6. 6. •Existence of comparable/complementary training providers. •Trend towards competition rather than collaboration between potential members. •Preference for North-South over South-South partnerships. How? Challenges to constructing networks
  7. 7. How? Sustaining networksEffectivenetwork Productive role for each member Ensuring benefits for all members Open and regular communication and exchange Continued commonality of contexts and objectives Sustainable funding Strong secretariat, accepted by all
  8. 8. Increased difference in contexts Increased disparities between members Individual motivation and engagement Demonstrating impact Financial capacity How? Challenges to sustaining networks
  9. 9. Are networks a cost-effective way of strengthening national institutes? The “theoretical” arguments remain strong: commonality of interests; regional associations; value of South-South collaboration. But the practical constraints can weigh heavily. The challenge is to find the appropriate level of investment. Perspectives

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