07 November 2018
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe45th Annual Congress of the International Society for Oncology and Biomarkers, 24-27/11/18, Hamburg +++ 5th Congress of the Nordic Operating Room Nurses Association, 29-30/11/18, Stockholm +++ 4th European Congress on Endometriosis of the European Endometriosis League, 22-24/11/18, Vienna
Asia16th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Fracture Repair, 27-30/11/18, Kyoto +++ 17th World Wind Energy Conference of the World Wind Energy Association, 28-30/11/18, Karachi +++ 16th World Congress of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation, 28/11-01/12/18, Chiba
AmericaAnnual Conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, 28/11-01/12/18, Portland OR +++ 1st Congress of the Latin American Heart Rhythm Society, 29-30/11/18, Cartagena de Indias +++ 14th Latin American Regional Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, 26-29/11/18, Buenos Aires
Africa6th Annual Conference of the International Council on Archives, 26-30/11/18, Yaoundé +++ 9th International Congress of Dipterology of the Council for International Congresses of Dipterology, 25-30/11/18, Windhoek +++ 22nd Annual Conference of the African Securities Exchange Association, 25-27/11/18, Lagos
Pacific28th Annual Conference of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 26-30/11/18, Kosrae +++ Annual Conference of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council, 26-30/11/18, Suva +++ 46th Annual Conference of the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society, 20-22/11/18, Wellington
Philippe Garnier
Identifying and Building up Partnerships for Development Projects: CRAterre Field Experience and Lessons Learnt 
 
By Philippe Garnier, Vice-Chairman of CRAterre, Germany-Belgium-Northern Europe and AE&CC Habitat Programme Coordinator. Speaker at the UIA Associations Round Table, 15-16 November 2018, Lyon, France.
 
CRAterre is an association established in 1979 by students and lecturers of the School of Architecture of Grenoble doing research on earthen architecture. In the 1980s, it also became a research lab. The organization’s mandate since the beginning is to facilitate the sustainable management and production of the built environment by the stakeholders. This is possible through complementary activities of which capacity-building, research-action, communication and dissemination are the main ones. Earth as building material is a good medium for this enabling approach. In its existence of almost 40 years, CRAterre has co-developed projects related to its three programmes (cultural heritage, material science and human settlements) in many countries along with partners. Through these projects, the organization has developed experience and acquired good knowledge of the development of partnerships. The first lesson learnt seems to be obvious but has to be made explicit again: there is no successful project without good partnership. In other words, partnership is a key component of project success.
 
At the project inception phase, when CRAterre expertise and know-how is requested for intervention and/or support, the question of partnership is central and a prerequisite before any decision is taken. The identification of a partner or partners at a local level is always part of the pre-feasibility study when project relevance is to be confirmed.
 
When CRAterre knows the country, territory or context of the project of implementation, this generally means that CRAterre already has a partner and the project will be the occasion to reinforce that partnership and/or broaden or establish a complementary collaboration to reach the goal of the common project. It is a question of building on an existing partnership.
 
When the country, territory or context of the project of implementation is unknown to CRAterre, this implies the necessity to quickly identify potential partners and try to meet them to exchange project ideas, discuss working methods and culture, values and vision. It also helps to identify possible gaps, overlapping or “conflict”.
 
Of course, all the above requires that the needs of the project should be identified and confirmed, and project objectives validated by stakeholders and partners.
 
Then there is nothing better than testing the capacity of both organizations to work together and learn from this process (and learn about each other). It is also of key importance that roles and responsibilities within the project are agreed upon.
 
Success will be met in this process if both organizations have the capacity to be open and develop understanding about each other, regularly communicate, have a common understanding of the project and jointly take ownership of that project.
 
The above requires understanding and a positive attitude from the two partners and to go far beyond the technical aspect of the project.
CRAterre through its joint projects, collaborations or networks always tries to build up or consolidate partnerships. This is not always easy as it asks you to go beyond your comfort zone but it is necessary for project success and long lasting fruitful partnership.
 
In our case, through the UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture or Global Network for Sustainable Housing, but not only these, we try to provide a contribution to the well-being of our planet and its people, developing intercultural and transdisciplinary exchanges and projects aiming at contextualized knowledge development (e.g. on building cultures) and empowerment.
 
As an example, the development of fruitful partnership has recently helped with a post-disaster reconstruction project in Haiti involving local, national and international organizations from civil society, academics, humanitarian and other sectors yielding a major project which contributes to the housing of 7,000 families and the development of a local professional sector for reconstruction.
 
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Identifying and Building up Partnerships for Development Projects: CRAterre Field Experience and Lessons Learnt 
 
Why Kyoto? 
 
'Supporting a Resilient and Sustainable World'