A proposed framework for sustainable international partnerships: lessons learned in rural Uganda
Journal of global health reports
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have widespread experience building health-related programs; however, few studies have examined local stakeholder perceptions of their collaboration and sustainability. To describe attitudes and beliefs of five stakeholder groups concerning the building of a healthcare facility in rural Uganda by an international NGO, with the goal of developing a potential framework. A qualitative study was conducted using focus groups, semi-structured
... i-structured interviews, and open-ended questionnaires. The five participating stakeholder groups included: community members, community leaders, healthcare workers, NGO leaders, and representatives from the Ugandan Ministry of Health. All 40 participants reported interest in working together and four principal themes were identified: crucial building blocks of a healthcare facility; expectations regarding collaborative relationships; key deliverables desired by the community; and specific obstacles to sustainability.