Coalitions and Partnerships
In the South the projects are set up and implemented in collaboration with local authorities, users’ organisations, farmers’ organisations, and local NGO’s. Thanks to the (in most cases) joint responsibility, there is a growing solidarity between civil organisations and local authorities. Moreover, through their many years of cooperation both the partners and PROTOS strengthen their expertise and position.
European or local NGO’s with a strong expertise in other fields help PROTOS to broaden its dedication to water to an integral approach.
In addition, a number of strategic partners are actively involved in refining the PROTOS policy.
The structural links with Belgium’s (public) drinking-water companies is getting more important thanks to the financial solidarity and shared technical expertise of these companies, as well as to joint communication. A number of private companies, too, voluntarily place their knowledge and financial contribution at our disposal.
Furthermore PROTOS is actively involved in a small number of consultative structures in Belgium and abroad such as 11.11.11 (the platform of Flemish NGO’s), Coprogram, VODO (the Flemish Platform for Sustainable Development), The Flemish Partnership Water for Development, Coalition 2015 - Time is running, the International Secretary of Water, Corporate Funding Programme, Ex-Change, Kauri, 'Water and Development' (CNCD), etc.
These partnerships allow PROTOS:
- To improve the contents of its own activities through exchange of experiences and expertise.
- To increase the impact of actions in the South and in the North through a better cooperation and joint policy influencing at the local, national and international level.