Become a Partner
M-POWER is a distributed network of collaborating organizations and individuals. These partners are involved in action research, dialogue facilitation and/or knowledge brokering in the arena of water governance in the Mekong Region.
Being a partner in the M-POWER network has both rights and responsibilities.
Partners have a lot of flexibility about how and the extent to which they actively engage with and shape the network. In practice, it is the interest, initiative and drive of individuals within the partner organizations that makes the network effective.
M-POWER provides an umbrella for bringing actors together to share and refine ideas, to apply for and conduct cross-partner research, to build regional relationships and skills, to influence institutional arrangements, and much, much more.
Some partners hold a position on the Steering Committee, which has responsibility for the network’s strategic decision-making. The Steering Committee provides a unique platform for working collaboratively and exchanging information and knowledge with a cohort of highly experienced and influential multi-disciplinary actors.
We anticipate that partners will provide input to shaping and delivering the network’s strategic directions, which are embodied in, most recently, the M-POWER Strategic Guide 2011.
The M-POWER annual meeting is a key event that we expect partners to support in terms of agenda setting, as well as attendance by and active participation of one or more organizational representatives. While we will seek to secure resources to support the meeting costs, it is assumed that partners will have organizational and project resources from which to draw.
Partners may be asked to take on functions and responsibilities from time to time. The sharing of functions across the network has and will continue to change over time, both in response to existing capacities and to develop new capacities.
We recognize that the degree to which partners are able to actively conduct or participate in activities identified in or aligned with our strategic guide will vary. Some partners that were instrumental in building the network and its current knowledge base and social capital will step back and facilitate others in leading the network into its next phase of work.
We welcome requests to join the M-POWER network from organizations actively working on water governance issues in the Mekong Region. All requests will be considered and determined by M-POWER’s Steering Committee.
To discuss partnership opportunities, contact the M-POWER Coordinator.