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Definition of the Triadic Partnership Model: The Triadic partnership model captures the interactions between and among Heifer CPs, local project partners and project groups in the implementation of Heifer projects. The diagram below illustrates the triadic partnership.


1. Capacity building, joint planning, technology transfer, resources flow, education, continuous co-learning and monitoring and evaluation (M&E)

2. Capacity building, joint planning, technology transfer, resouces flow, education, continuous co-learning and M&E.

3. Service quality assurance and a strong backstopping, education, continuous co-learning and M&E.






Goal of Triadic Partnership Model: The goal of the triadic model is successful implementation of projects through local project partners with a focus on high quality impact and transformation at the project group level.

How the Triadic Partnership Model works: In the diagram above, the arrows represent the amount of resource flow, not its importance.

Arrow 1 demonstrates that the Country Program (CP) begins by building the capacity of local project partners through a continuous relationship of education, resource flow, co-learning, etc., in order to prepare them for project implementation.

Arrow 2 illustrates how the project partner then transfers their knowledge, capacity and resources to the project groups during implementation of the project.

Arrow 3 represents the important connection and relationship between the CP and project groups, focused on continuous support, backstopping, education and quality assurance. It is important to note that even though the local project partner is charged with implementation, the CP staff is also active with the project groups and ultimately responsible for impact and realization of the project goals. In comparison to direct implementation, the triadic model allows Heifer to build the capacity of local partners to do development. It also allows Heifer to achieve greater impact with a lean, focused and talented staff.

Benefits of the Triadic Partnership Model: The model is designed so that all parties learn from one another and benefit from one another's strengths. In this manner, the transformation of the project group will be done in as efficient, effective and consistent project management, building capacities of local organizations and creating strong project communities. CP staff are able to readily transfer lessons learned from one project area or one project partner to others in the CP due to their intimate involvement with the project groups at the ground level. It also allows for the CP staff to address implementation issues promptly before they endanger the sucess of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Key Triadic Model Participants

The three key participants in teh triadic model - the CP, local project partners and SHG - are represented by many players. This section describes those players and how they work together to make the triadic model successful.

Country Program Team

Main player: Program officer (PO)

The PO is the main connection between the project partner and the SHG.

The PO's roles and responsibilities are to:

  •  Build the capacity of the project partner staff and train them in Heifer's implementation strategy;
  • Mentor, coach and guide the community facilitator (CF), especially with new SHG;
  • Backstop the project partners and CF in trainings to SHG;
  • Keep track of the project's progress and encourage them toward success; and
  • Serve as a bridge between the SHG and project partners to the CPO.

Project Partner

Main player: CF and project coordinator (PC)

The CF is responsible for facilitating the transformation of SHG members by providing social mobilization trainings such as Personal Leadership Development (PLD), Cornerstones and PSRP, as well as general social support to SHGs. The SHG receives the most backstopping and coaching from the CF. The project partner and PO also provide assistance, but the CF is the person who is constantly supporting the SHG. The CF's roles and responsibilities are many:

  • Form and strengthen groups;
  • Assist in group saving and fund mobilization;
  • Provide/ facilitate trainings to SHGs, exchange visits and follow-ups;
  • Facilitate SHG meetings;
  • Conduct home visits and provide coaching;
  • Facilitate PSRP and document, follow-up;
  • Conduct reporting and documentation at SHG level, including group records;
  • Introduce and encourage initiatives in the SHG;
  • Ensure the quality of project implementation at SHG level;
  • Reinforce local values and Heifer values; and
  • Report on project performance at SHG level to responsible PO.

The PC's main responsibility is managing the project's administrative duties and timely reporting to the CPO. This person should ensure timely communication to the PO and Financial Officer in the Heifer office. The PC's roles and responsibilities are:

  • Manage progress and financial reports;
  • Timely and accurately communicate and report to Heifer office;
  • Receive reports of CF's administrative affairs; and
  • Coordinate with project partners, Heifer International headquarters and other stakeholders.

SHG (project groups)

 The project groups are inclusive SHGs of 20-25 family representatives who are dedicated to ending their hunger adn poverty and transforming their lives, the lives of their family members and their community. The roles of the project group members are to:

  • Enthusiastically participate in group meetings and savings and credit;
  • Be dedicated to transforming and improving their lives and have a commitment to doing even better;
  • Be open to sharing their strengths and challenges during team meetings and PSRP;
  • Be dedicated to helping others overcome their challenges;
  • Encourage and motivate others in the group to be the best they can be;
  • Be dedicated to helping others by fulfilling POG commitment;
  • Report to CF and PO on progress;
  • Be open to new ideas and approaches and be committed to following new trainings;
  • Provide leadership to group and community; and
  • Introduce and encourage initiatives in the SHG.


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