Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Case studies of the Gauteng Department of Education
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Partnerships are key to development in most situations or contexts. They are based on two-way communication. The underlying purpose for them is for mutual benefit between or among parties involved. Mutual trust, openness, commitment and honesty are key principles that underpin partnerships. In a partnership situation, issues agreed upon are not taken for granted, or based on friendship, but are concretised by means of a contract. There are possibilities for exploitation and abuse in a partnership. The story of African countries indicate hidden motives for partnerships which brought in misery and suffering due to exploitation. The role of the Gauteng Department of Education as a case study in the establishment of partnership provides useful hints on the structuring of partnerships. Further, it provides lessons on undertaking partnerships for sustainable development.
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