Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

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Knowledge management
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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.

They have helped to create the conditions for experience capitalization to be more widely adopted by their organisations. As a result, there are many new capitalization processes going on, and many more will be taking place in the future – effectively underpinning more accountable and efficient projects in the future and greater progress in rural development.

The Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development project aimed to improve the quality of rural development initiatives, ensuring better results in the fight against poverty and food insecurity. Its key objective was to facilitate the adoption of tried and tested approaches to improve the analysis, sharing and the use of lessons and good practices.

Participants from many projects and organisations, working in different parts of the world, joined training workshops organised by the project, leading to many starting their own capitalization processes, sharing lessons and recommendations through booklets, articles, blog posts and other outputs. The project also produced its own training materials, including a facilitators’ guidebook, and supported an online community of practice, where all those involved have been sharing ideas and information. The biggest mark of success though, for the project, is the extent to which experience capitalization has been adopted by the workshop participants and others.

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.

They have helped to create the conditions for experience capitalization to be more widely adopted by their organisations. As a result, there are many new capitalization processes going on, and many more will be taking place in the future – effectively underpinning more accountable and efficient projects in the future and greater progress in rural development.