Making Your Partnerships Work & Building Team Dynamics

MDF Training and Consultancy

  • 1. Making your partnerships work!
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In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is necessary to work in partnership with organisations from governments, the private sector & civil society. An effective collaboration should be based on shared principles, values, visions, goals and attention of 3 levels: society, organization & people. However, the difficulties arise in all these 3 levels for many mismatches in a variety of aspects.

MDF would like to introduce the outstanding course Making Partnerships Work, which looks into the systems and dynamics of partnerships and offers an opportunity to understand and address challenges in the partnerships at any of 3 above-mentioned levels.

Who should join?
Anyone involved in setting up or managing partnerships, from a partnership manager to a desk officer overseeing partnerships in any types of organizations – a network organisation, private company, larger NGOs or a governmental development organisation.
Course facts
– Course language: English
– Course dates: 20 -23 March 2018MPW Hanoi 2018
– Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
– Course fee: € 830 (lunches and materials included)
– Registration deadline: 12 March 2018
Special offers
– 10% discount for MDF Alumni
– 01 FREE place for a group of 06 registrations from 01 organization

Why MDF?
– Over 30 years of experience in international cooperation and development
– Highly interactive and participative approach
– Qualified and experienced trainers
What you gain?
– Have a better understanding of critical issues in managing partnerships to identify intervention options
– Receive ideas & tools to help partnership decision-making & create positive dynamics between partners
– Practice skills related to the facilitation of partnership dynamics

Your trainer

Koen toonenMr. Toonen is a senior trainer & director of MDF Vietnam office. He has over 20 years of experience in development field, particularly in Results-Based Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy and Policy influencing, Network Management, Multi-stakeholder Partnerships, Sustainability Planning, Institutional Development, Organisational Strengthening, Poverty Alleviation & Environmental Management. See more of Mr. Toonen’s profile here.

How to register
Visit the course page here or contact through:
MDF Asia – Vietnam office, 249A Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
T: +84 (0)24 6258 4438; E:; W:

  • 2. Building team dynamics: is there a secret?
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Photo for Susanne's newsAs facilitators at MDF Asia we are often asked to facilitate team building sessions. I have personally done many, in different countries. From China to South Africa. Reflecting back I ask myself: is there a secret to turning a group of colleagues or staff members into a real team? Can one actually ‘build a team’ in a few days? What makes a team a team?

Team spirit?
‘Good team spirit!’ is often the first thing people say when asked what makes a team a team. Yes. But what does that mean? It’s not tangible, can not been seen or heard. So how can we build on it? Team spirit is like a genie in a bottle.

Team values
At MDF we know the characteristics of well performing teams. One of them is to create joint team values. Respect! Unity! Transparency! People have no problem coming up with these kinds of desired team values when we ask them. But we always throw back the ball: What do these values actually mean?

Dos and don’ts
Let’s dissect a value like ‘respect’. Of course everyone in a team likes to be respected. The question is how we can achieve mutual respect. I suggest a brain storming. The group remains quiet for a few minutes. Then one staff member says: ‘We can agree to be kind to each other’. ‘And polite’, says another. ‘Yes, and encourage and help each other. Give each other a compliment’. ‘And when we make a mistake, we admit it, and move on. And we share information’. ‘If we’re unable to do a certain task, we should be open about it, and ask for help. And we should never scold or scream, or bully. The list of dos and don’ts gets longer and longer…

From values to behaviours
It is important that everyone in the team gives their suggestions. Even the more quiet or shy team members. The next step is to process these values. We have several options. We can ask for prioritization. We can develop a Code of Conduct. We can write key values on visuals, like posters or stickers. The team in South Africa decided to organize a ‘give each other a compliment’ session. In China the team started a mobile phone text group to share good news. Anything can work, as long as values have been 1) pronounced out lout, 2) agreed on by everyone and 3) processed into actions by everyone. Results can be amazing, if you think out of the box. Or in team spirit terms: out of the bottle.