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Capitalization of experiences in the Pacific

Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development, 5-9 February 2018, Suva, Fiji

February 2, 2018

CTA is hosting a knowledge management workshop as part of the ‘Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development’ project between 5 and 9 February 2018 in the Fijian capital of Suva. The 3-year project started in April 2016 with the aim to facilitate the wider use of experience capitalization processes in rural development initiatives, as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.

The project is being conducted by CTA in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Pacific Community (SPC) has helped with logistics locally. The workshop in Fiji will include Pacific representatives from regional and national private sector and public organisations, who originate from Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The aim of the workshop is to train participants document and share their experiences in rural development interventions, which can lead to scaling up of improved practices among members of the community. This experience capitalization approach has been successfully implemented in previous training workshops by this project in Eastern and Western Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The specific objectives and outcomes of the workshop in Fiji are to expose participants to an online Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) learning module on experience capitalization then to discuss how to successfully achieve the process. Participants will begin by planning the experience capitalization process, selecting a suitable experience to analyse, list the necessary stakeholders to involve in the process, how to gather information, analyse and draw conclusions and prepare to share their findings as a way to engage a community around their rural development initiatives.

The five-day workshop, including a field visit, is based on a 'learning by doing' approach and is expected to provide the participants with new skills and to enable them to document, describe and analyse their experiences. Later on, they will also be able to lead others to carry out experience capitalisation. Lessons will be drawn from these experiences, will be shared with participants and targeted organisations. Following the workshop, participants will put into practice their plans for experience capitalisation in their institutions and draft their documentation which will be finalised in in April 2018.