ICASO’s working definition of “networking” is: a process by which two or more organizations and/or individuals collaborate to achieve common goals. The term “network” is used to refer to the set of organizations and/or individuals that join in collaboration.
Networks have many characteristics, these may include:
Networking has benefits since it provides a basis for collaboration between organizations and therefore creates a “synergy effect”. “Synergy” means that the total effect of activities done together is greater than the sum of individual activities. Thus, HIV/AIDS organizations can reach higher achievements when they come together and jointly work towards their goals and objectives.
Read more about networks and networking :
ICASO (2002). HIV/AIDS Networking Guide. A comprehensive resource for individuals and organizations who wish to build, strengthen or sustain a network.