Factsheet #38

Strengthening existing institutions which contribute to coordination between actors / sectors

Instrument Type


Governance Level


Governance Mode


Water management topics addressed

Drought & water scarcity
Water abstraction for irrigation and other economic activities
Water quality issues due to nutrient pollution
Water quality issues: Other reasons

Implementation requirements

Financial capacity


Human capacity


Political buy-in


Timeframe for implementation


#38: Strengthening existing institutions which contribute to coordination between actors / sectors


Multi- institutions such as committees or councils, which depending on its particular function can play a role that can range from development of high-level strategies to on-the-ground implementation of actions, are strengthened to provide improved coordination.


The assumption is that in view of weak coordination, an option to improve coordination results is to strengthen existing institutions. This strengthening can address the institutions' power, their influence and/or their effectiveness. Concrete examples of strengthening are: 1) increased competencies, 2) political upgrade, 3) stabilisation of representation to make the institution less dependent on political changes.

Example: The empowerment of grassroot organizations in India through the Tejaswini Project

The Tejaswini Project in India attempts at strengthening grass-root level organization for development purposes and, in particular for watershed community management. To this end, exercises for self-evaluation of collective organization groups and their capacity to manage resource collectively are conducted regularly. This practice is a tool to register the degree of development or maturity of a specific group, or self-help-group (SHG). A set of simple indicators monitor the advancements of the SHGs. The Tejaswini project provides services to support improvements, for example offering training and auditing, with the objective of developing self-sufficient community-managed resource centres (CMRCs). At present moment, CMRCs are still underdeveloped as they fail to achieve institutional . Stronger mentoring efforts are required, especially for those groups where good and the management of operation is pursued.


IFAD (2013). Strengthening institutions and organizations (p. 31). https://www.ifad.org/documents/38714170/39135645/Strengthening+institutions+and+organizations+-+An+analysis+of+lessons+learnt+from+field+application+of+IFAD%27s+sourcebook+on+institutional+and+organizational+analysis+for+pro-poor+change/b0d5e54a-d06a-438e-b241-a335e8f65eea Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

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