CAPE TOWN – When corporates and non-profit organisations (NPOs) interact with government, there are often misaligned expectations and incentives, and misalignment of each other’s processes, abilities and requirements.
To move forward, there should rather be greater emphasis on the positive outcomes and impacts that are intended, says Jak Koseff, chief director leading the Programme Management Office for Tshepo 1 Million – the Gauteng Provincial Government’s youth empowerment programme.
Speaking at the recent Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019, in a session on Building Healthy Relationships in Development, Koseff said many NPOs had a “grotesque” view of government, focusing largely on obstacles such as multiple administrative forms.
Government, in turn, can view a corporate partner or NPO as seeking favours and concessions, insufficiently concerned with transformation, and not developed enough to address the task at hand.
“They miss one another in awareness of the internal mechanics of each.”