Insight from our research in Libya, Mali and Niger on the role of traditional authorities in stabilising the complex context in the Sahel can be made practical in a policy-arena via ‘dedication to the profession’ – the impact achieved via the individual actions and decisions of the policy-makers involved. We do not call for a ‘system innovation’ or a ‘180’, but for incremental adjustment fuelled by the reflections and follow-up actions of the involved professionals. What does it mean to be a policy-maker and what does this mean for individual actions? This policy-brief is an open invitation to join us in looking for informed divergence of existing routes in policy-making through a combination of five perspectives: breaking complexity down – stacking communication – gathering creativity – seeking consensus – commitment to action.
“We don’t need a revolution or power struggle. Nothing has to be destroyed or demolished. Yet, we have to believe in our own capacities and skills.”
Personal contacts are the foundation. Here we find opportunities. Not just service delivery. No endless tenders. We stand united. We stand for what we want to achieve. In a crucial coalition. And ensure it will flourish.
“Everything starts when people meet each other. People who actually see each other, recognize something, have a bond. It's about a real connection. The quality of the encounter and the bonding thereafter as the foundation for performance."
Getting aboard in regard to what needs to be done - without hesitation. And starting with a shared point of view. As it is essential to have a mutual fascination for what lies ahead and to experience similar challenges. With the aim to ensure it remains this way, all the way.
"A target is not a full stop, but an areato be explored."
Adjusting as a core task. Carefully looking at the effects and determining the next step, again and again. Lessons learned are integrated whenever possible in what lies ahead. Both flexible and driven.
“The freedom to function is not found in word games or in any theory. It only exists in practice, this freedom. Thus, you do engage as needed with the headquarter, a steering committee or a controller. You stand up for what you believe in. Always and consistently."
A good sense for what is happening. Energetically starts to work. With attention to working together on results and impact. Opening up opportunities for the growth of people and organisation. Involved from start to finish. Continues to explore how everyone and everything is appreciated. Clearly pointing out which decisions lie ahead. And wich consequences we will have to face.
A good sense for what is happening. Responds to the situation at hand. Posing questions to create insight. In an inspired way practical. Sharp and direct. Shaping a process so that progress, connection and excellence are central. Involved in the demands on people to realize what is needed. Working together to achieve results is his motivation and goal.