A second workshop as part of the “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project will be held from June 12th-16th in Accra, Ghana. This workshop, the final workshop for the anglophone West-African region, will focus on the steps required to share lessons from each case and will build on past capitalisation processes.
As with the first workshop, also held in Accra in March 2017, this workshop will also be followed by a new round of online contact and support between the project staff and all participants.
The second workshop continues to follow the approach and methodology outlined by the process and will be attended by the same participants as the first workshop.
- Review the main concepts and ideas regarding an experience capitalization approach.
- Share the last lessons of the FAO/IMARK “learning module” on experience capitalization, and discuss the information included in them.
- Discuss the general methodology and the steps needed to ensure that the lessons are shared and that they are used (by the same team and by others), and discuss the steps needed to ensure a continuous implementation of the approach.
- Prepare a draft document to share with colleagues and with representatives of other like-minded projects and organisations.
- Prepare a plan to ensure the internal institutionalisation of the approach, enabling a regular capitalization of experiences.
- Draw specific lessons regarding the process (guiding future workshops).
The four-day discussions and interactions among participants are expected to lead to:
- Specific skills among participants to start and complete a capitalization process and to draw lessons by applying it.
- Specific skills among participants to facilitate a process and support others.
- A set of documents to share between the participants and with other interested organisations.
- A set of Action Plans that detail the steps towards institutionalisation.
- A set of documented experiences and lessons to be added to the project website.
- Kick-start discussions within the community of practice and the electronic platform.
Outcomes from the first workshop
The March meeting helped participants develop the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalization process and to draw lessons by applying it. They are now members of the emerging community of practice supported by the project and have a draft document which describes and analyses their work. However, their documents are not ready to share, and their plans to continue and complete the capitalization process, and to involve other colleagues in a way that ensures a continuous implementation, need to be developed further.
The “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” is being implemented in different parts of the world by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and with financial support from IFAD. It started in April 2016 and will last for three years. This project aims to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalization process in rural development initiatives, where it can help improve the analysis, documentation, sharing, and the adoption and use of lessons and good practices – as an approach to continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.