From the previous two series, we have established that:
“Clustering is about the interaction of organizations of a similar type, healthy competition, networking and collaboration between them.”
Clustering is a ‘philosophy’ based on the core principles of integration (of activities) and collaboration (of members) for mutual benefit.
“The most successful clusters build mechanisms that can speed the movement of ideas, innovations, and information from firm to firm throughout the economy.”
Thus, to harness Cluster Formation for a sustainable and efficient partnership, we must as SCOYAN consider these critical success factors – the 4Ps Cluster formation theory which states that one must start with the right PLAN, PEOPLE, PROCESSES and PROJECTSs.
In 2018/2019, SCOYAN’s plan is solid to consolidate on the small successes and formalize all relationship with stakeholders such as affiliating/member organizations. Henceforth, we want to respect our relationship with others and support the aspirations of our partners. *How about you?*
The success of a high performance cluster is in large part, due to people forming quality relationships and networking to achieve results. SCOYAN has been reaching out to all our partners publicly and privately to severe our cordial relationship. We have adopted a trickle down leadership structure where an organization leads in every of our state cluster. *Please if you have not keyed in, kindly do so. 2018 onwards is serious business with many purposeful people leading their organizations…join us NOW*
The cluster partnership work best at a community level (State/Local) where participants in the local area already have formed a wide variety of relationships, and there is already some degree of dialogue and trust.
Clustering builds on the teamwork that is already in place and formalises it into a framework.
Rules of conduct, an operations’ manual which sets out ’the way we will work together’. Continuum in communication within cluster and between cluster members. SCOYAN has started signing an MOU with leading organizations in each state detailing a modus operandi henceforth.
Development and implementation of joint projects: quick wins and strategic projects.
The first task therefore was to create an overarching map of the strategic action process we were going to pursue. Please see the summary under implementation.
The Youth Cluster is to collectively implement National programs and projects with a close relationship/partnership with available member organization upon a formal invitation.
This takes into account several other commitments and our regional and geographical uniqueness or realities that either cuts across or ‘severe’ our ties.
However, there are five thematic areas we are focussing on which will come in a few packages of projects and many partnering projects. These thematic areas may have a subset or complete union with areas of partnering member organizations which are:
1. Social Inclusion;
2. Economic Empowerment;
3. Peace Building & National Integration;
4. Health and Environment; and
5. Good Governance
These areas has been compressed into a few projects for the next 2 years.SCOYAN is to champion Demographic Dividend which major theme is *Harnessing Demographic Dividend in Nigeria by investing in Youth*. This has four pillars that if you look at, encompasses about all our five thematic areas. These five pillars of DD in Nigeria was adopted by the FG in a roadmap SCOYAN was a member of its steering committee which are:
1. Health and well being;
2. Education and Skills Development;
3. Employment and Entrepreneurship;
4. Governance and Youth participation;
5. Practical Evidence Building on Demographic Dividend.
Second cardinal National project is advocacy on National Youth Policy. National development cannot be attained if CSO/NGO activities does not run in tandem with this document. So SCOYAN would be advocating and monitoring.
2018 Early Rise Activities
1. Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation of Demographic Dividends through (NYSC)
Project lead: Aisha Abu, SCOYAN Youth Cluster President
2. Strategic Online Advocacy on Harnessing Demographic Dividends/ Proactive Implementation National Youth Policy
Project Lead: Mujidah Ajibola, Liaison and Special Duty Executive
3. Strategic Advocacy and partnership on Good Governance/ Civic Education/Human Rights
Project Lead: Ogunbowale Dayo, Public Relations Executive
4. Capacity Building/ Communal Projects/Outreaches on Harnessing Demographic Dividends and Proactive Implementation of National Youth Policy
The Secretariat led by Hafiz Oladejo, The Executive Secretary, SCOYAN
This is a huge catalyst.
We have varying sources. Internal, External and Derivation.
Internal is usually used but insufficient. This is where a state cluster decides to run a project with a budget of N200,000 and have about 10 member organizations in their cluster, they then use contributory and local sourcing. If they share 75% into each organization and raise the 25% locally, they would have achieved the essence of a cluster.
External is reversed. Where they raise 75% outside and contribute 25%. This happens when grants are applied for.
Derivatory is by raising fund from gestures of beneficiaries of an opportunity or privileges particularly facilitated by a member organization or the cluster as a way of ploughing back to the organization. This is usually a pre informed approach which most SCOYAN partners are comfortable with.
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