Networks come in many forms, representing a broad spectrum of collaborative agreements. Usually, a network consists of a group of organisations or associations whose aim is to enhance their individual activities. Networks link organisations that are willing to share experiences, results, skills and information in order to gain knowledge and improve their work. A network has to be efficient to compete successfully against other organisational forms. It also has to be attractive if participants are to stay and invest in it. Gains have to be equitably shared to promote trust and to foster loyalty. One of the main characteristics of a network is that it does not require geographical proximity of the parties involved.
The main difference between networks and partnerships can be viewed based on the number of organisational members; networks include multiple organisations, while partnerships include only a few. In addition, the difference between the two is that organisations create networks to share information and resources so that each of them can do their individual work better, while partnerships represent collaborative efforts around a common vision where organisation try to achieve something together.
Report on Regional CSO Networks in Western Balkans, Turkey
June 2016 | Prepared by Morana Smodlaka Krajnovic
This report has been commissioned by the Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO) Project, with the objective to update the initial Report on Regional CSO Networks in the IPA countries (2011; 2012). This update is expanding on those initial findings and examining the current capacities of regional CSO networks, their formation process, accountability, added value for their members, networks’ contributions to new social values and their sustainability prospects.