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The IMARK module

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This learning module provides those working in development organizations with the tools and methodologies needed to work more effectively on the basis of their own experience. The different lessons that make the module are designed for the staff of international organizations, donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, farmers’ organizations, research institutes, national governments, regional organizations, and civil society organizations.

Their main objective is to describe the steps of an experience capitalization process and to enhance the skills needed to implement it effectively within their organizations or projects.

This learning module builds on the different experience capitalization efforts being tested and implemented by different organizations throughout the world. These examples are meant to help plan and implement a process as a key component of a development programme or project, and with it ensure its efficiency and effectiveness. The different lessons present the conditions and requirements for such a process and the necessary steps to follow. In particular, through this learning programme, learners are expected to:

  • recognise the value of an experience capitalization process as part of their work;
  • develop the necessary skills to put an experience capitalization process into practice; and
  • encourage others and support those trying a similar process in the field.

Target audience

A course on experience capitalization is meant to support the work of all those professionals involved in reflecting upon, learning from and sharing the lessons of their work, whether as part of a broad knowledge management effort or as a stand-alone activity. These professionals work in a wide range of organizations, with many different roles and responsibilities. While others may also be involved, these professionals can be separately grouped as:

  • Team leaders/managers
  • Project/programme technical staff
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers
  • Communication and information professionals
  • Knowledge Management (KM) / Knowledge Sharing (KS) professionals

As a whole, this course is targeted at those who wish to follow and promote an experience capitalization process as a path towards better projects and programmes and to develop their skills to implement it in an effective and efficient way. They do not need specific computer skills, except the capability to use an Internet browser. While some of the lessons may require users to be reasonably computer-literate, no specific programming skills are needed. The course is also targeted at users whose online access is limited via the use of CD-ROMs.

Facilitating experience capitalization: A guidebook

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Since April 2016, CTA implemented the “Capitalising on Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project – working together with FAO and IICA, and with the financial support of IFAD.

Experience capitalization from theory to practice: Trying out a new approach

One of the project’s last activities was to organise a meeting with those who took an active role as facilitators, and who helped guide the series of capitalization processes which the project supported in different parts of the world.

Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

The cases captured in this booklet show the steps taken in many of these projects and organisations to support and ensure the adoption of an experience capitalization approach. Working together with their colleagues, those who joined the CTA workshops have become active “champions”: organising their own training sessions, they shared information in different ways, and have shown how others can benefit from the capitalization process.

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