NAIROBI/CAMBRIDGE – A recently published United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the development of a new inclusive and participatory approach to environmental governance in Darfur, uses the five main dimensions of a relationship as introduced by Michael Schluter a.o. in his book the R-factor (1993).
The five relationship dimensions include Directness (good communication); Commonality (shared purpose); Continuity (time together and a shared history); Multiplexity (mutual understanding and breadth; and Parity (fairness). They form part of the Relational Proximity Model which is currently being used by differerent organisational members of the Relational Thinking Network to assist private and public sector organisations in the assessment of the health of their relationships.
That the model is not just very adaptable but also extremely useful is underlined in the report itself: “The application of relationships thinking is useful to a variety of different disciplines covering governance, community resili8ence, climate change adaptation, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, precisely because these agendas all relay on improved relationships. The relationships perspective also enables analysis of development interventions intended to have an impact on improving collaboration over natural resource use and management.”
The report can be found here: UNEP Sudan Report