Two times a year, Reall hosts a gathering of all its implementing partners, its funding partners, and other supporters for three to five days. In addition to the formal business meeting and partner review sessions, this gathering is also used as a platform for learning, where discussions and training around strategic themes are held. The partners also make use of this opportunity to mutually share and learn from each others’ experiences, as well as to hold bilateral discussions with Reall for specific organisational and programme concerns.
To date, Reall has fourteen (14) implementing partners from fourteen countries in Asia and Africa; and LinkBuild - on behalf of the Philippine Alliance - is the main implementing partner for the Philippines.
The first Stakeholders’ Group Meeting for 2016 was held from the 11th to the 15th of April in Malawi, and was attended by May Domingo Price and Vhal Libutaque, representing LinkBuild; and by Rolly Villanueva representing CORE-ACS.
The first three days were dedicated to several breakout sessions, with topics designed around enhancing and interfacing of Reall’s and the Implementing Partners’ program and institutional capacities and systems, with sustainability and investor-readiness as overarching themes.
Discussion topics for sessions held with CEOs and finance persons included strategic alignment, operational franchise structures, urban planning, financial sustainablility, integrity of investment, stategic planning, accounting challenges, treasury management and systems, and global network formation. For the technically- or project-oriented participants, discussion topics included project strategies and project planning; housing for sale or rent; land, water and sanitation, energy and infrastructure; and client profiling and marketing.
During the Client Profiling and Marketing session, Vhal was requested to share the Philippine Alliance’s experience and process in client identification, which was highly appreciated by fellow implementing partners.
During the fourth day, the formal RSG (Reall Stakeholders Group) meeting was held, followed by the Partner Reviews where each implementing partner presented a brief update of their organisation’s current activities as well as future plans.
On the last day, all participants also had the opportunity of visiting the Ecobricks Project and the Likuni Meadows Rental Project of EDH (Enterprise Development Holdings), which is Reall’s implementing partner in Malawi. [May 2016]