Segment: Philanthropy World - Episode 20 May 2020
Topic: Working in Collaboration vs Work in Silos
Editor: Hasan Al-Akraa
1- Ms May Wong
Group Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
2- Ms Murshidah Said
3- Mr Syahrir Azfar,
Chief Operating Officer
Research has proved that collaborative work is more effective than silos work. In the world where resources are limited, especially for non-profit organizations, collaborations are considered a great benefit to run the projects. Collaboration can be in terms of exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, sharing resources, partnerships and many others. However, there are also several challenges faced by organizations when it comes to collaborations. Some people prefer to work in silos and some find it hard to do so. This webinar has discussed various points highlighted by our speakers in relation to working in collaboration vs working in silos.
Focus of the Discussion: To understand the advantages and disadvantages of working in collaborations and working in silos:
What is collaborative work?
What is silos work?
What are the challenges of collaborative work?
What are the challenges of silos work?
What are the benefits of collaborations vs silos?
What are some strategies on collaborations?
A. Develop a Community Model
Training community leaders & representatives
Create a set of guidelines and SOPs to follow when doing collaborations
Involve people from other sectors (economics, law, health, etc…)
B. Impact Measurements through collaborations
Clear goals, visions and missions between all parties
Involvement of government agencies for bigger impact
Usage of effective impact measurement tools such as the methodology of “Hour Glass”
C. Involvement of Volunteers
Provide a platform for volunteers to join the projects
Create collaborative work schemes for the volunteers
Exchange volunteers with other organizations
Train the volunteers on the benefits of collaborative work
D. Exchange of Resources (win-win situations)
Exchange ideas, resources and other materials that the other organization may not have, and receive something in return
Usage of a joint resources has a bigger impact rather than fewer and limited resources
Increases the awareness, words and followers of all organizations involved
Leads to increase of donations and public trust
E. Beneficiaries First
Always remember the objective of the project
Different missions in the collaboration may lead to failure of the project
Ensure the meets of the beneficiary is met at every collaboration
Professionalism must be practices even when doing charity work
Avoid crisis with other parties for a greater results
F. Benefits of working in Silos
Making own decisions within the organization
Avoiding collaboration politics
Better management and project overall coordinations
G. Make collaborations a serious matter
Get things signed on papers rather than vocal
Create an agreement to be signed by all parties involved to avoid future misunderstanding
Divide tasks accordingly and be clear on each party’s job scope
Implement related policies when doing collaboration
Philandure Edge considers collaborations as a very effective tool to a greater impact. No matter how small or big the collaboration is, it always has a wider reach compared to silos. However, while taking on collaborations as a serious tool, organizations must always be prepared for common challenges that could happen and may lead to the failure of the whole project. Therefore, a proper collaborative model that includes policies, guidelines, tasks, missions and visions are highly important in order to achieve the goal and manage the expectations between parties involved.