Institutional & Functional Frame
The institutional and functional
frame of WASSAN was fine tuned in the visioning exercise. It
broadly represents the partnerships and relationships with which
WASSAN works towards achieving its vision.
WASSAN was conceived as a network-based organisation. While WASSAN
the organisation is at the core, there are several organisations
with which WASSAN has varying degrees of partnership. WASSAN has
differential approach in working with each category of
partnerships. This functional frame could be seen in concentric
circles. The outer most ring is the Networking and the innermost
ring is WASSAN the organisation. The rings in between indicate
varying intensity of relationship, which includes coordination,
cooperation and collaboration.
This is the outermost circle. The area of operation is coming
together for advocacy, sharing of information, etc.
Coordination: This is the second circle from the outside.
There would be formal agreements or MoUs between the
organisations. The identity and autonomy of the organisations are
intact, while they perform their respective roles as per the
agreement. There is no joint responsibility for the outcomes.
Cooperation: This is the third circle from the outside.
Here the organisations come together and the identity and autonomy
are still in tact. However, the organisations take joint
responsibility for the outcomes.
Collaboration: This is the ultimate stage in partnership
where the individual identities of the organisations get merged
into a third identity. This is based on intense sharing of core
values, teams and roles. The dynamics of one organisation with the
other would vary with the intensity of the relationship.
In this framework the functional frame of WASSAN as an institution
is visible at two levels: