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Within and Without the State in South Sudan chose deliberately to include a wide range of people and groups in the process of selecting its partners, so that civil society groups would remain engaged with the programme even if they were not selected as implementing partners.
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  OXFAM CASE STUDY JANUARY 2016 www.oxfam.org  One of Within and Without the State’s partner   organizations: a women’s cooperative group from Rumbek , who grow vegetables and meet to discuss community issues. Photot: Richard Chilvers/Oxfam INCLUSIVE PARTNER SELECTION The process of selecting partners in a participatory way in South Sudan Within and Without the State in South Sudan chose deliberately to include a wide range of people and groups in the process of selecting its partners, so that civil society groups would remain engaged with the programme even if they were not selected as implementing partners. Within and Without the State is a five-year global initiative (2011  – 2016) funded by DFIDs Conflict, Humanitarian and Security programme. This has enabled Oxfam to pilot a variety of approaches to working with civil society to promote more accountable governance in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Oxfam is committed to go beyond humanitarian service delivery to work on strengthening governance in order to tackle the underlying causes of fragility. Outside agencies may have technical quick fixes, but active and organized citizens are the ones who must oversee the long-term changes which will transform society. Gathering evidence of how to make this transformation happen so lessons are captured and learned is a key aspect of WWS.  2 1 INTRODUCTION Finding suitable partners to implement a governance programme in South Sudan was a real challenge. Finding people in a new country who had the capacity to take on such a project was something Oxfam grappled with. As well as the usual requirements for partners, Oxfam also wanted to be deliberately inclusive in the way it decided who would receive funding and training from Oxfam as partners. The aim of this was to ensure that the partners with the best fit to Oxfam ’s Within and Without the State (WWS) programme and the community ’s goals would be selected, but also that those who were not selected would still be supportive of the programme ’s  goals and would be actively participating in developing civil society. 2 PREPARING FOR THE PROCESS Round table meetings attended by 13 different civil society organizations (CSOs) were regularly held in Juba. Those CSOs which consistently attended these meetings (held to discuss issues facing CSOs in South Sudan) were deemed eligible to participate in the mapping and selection process to identify CSOs which could potentially partner with Oxfam. 3 TIME-SPAN The whole process took about three months from start to completion. 4 GROUPS INVOLVED Group Mapping and selection team    CSOs nominated by the Juba round table with Oxfam staff    Project steering committee    5 selected partners and Oxfam staff    Programme management team Oxfam staff who report to the project steering committee   3  AREAS OF OPERATION Figure 1: WWS works in Lakes State and Central Equatoria State, South Sudan (areas highlighted in orange)  4 PROCESS DIAGRAM Oxfam chooses to implement WWS in S. Sudan and approaches CSO networks 13 CSOs meet regularly anyway Choices cross checked with other CSOs, DFID, etc. Programme management team verify report and confirm selection Mapping and selection team chosen from this group 8 CSOs interviewed 5 CSOs selected Project steering committee including 5 partners oversee programme delivery with programme management team
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