Experience capitalisation refers to the process by which a specific practice is described and analysed and from which insights and lessons are identified and shared, and then used to improve the same practice.
This project aims to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalisation approach in rural development initiatives in the ACP countries. The goal is to increase the uptake of the lessons which come out of a process of describing and analysing activities and results. The project complements other CTA initiatives and is an integral part of its interventions on knowledge management for agricultural and rural development.
This project follows a ‘learning-by-doing’, hands-on approach, and the activities that make up the project help participants develop the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalisation process. It is expected that participants will then follow it within their development projects, institutions and thematic networks, and draw lessons that will help them improve the work they do. The project is also supporting an international community of practice on the approach.
The 3-year project was launched in 2016 and will continue until 2019. The total investment by project partners is USD 2,209,000 USD of which USD 1.5 million is provided through a grant from the International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture are project partners, with FAO particularly championing the IMARK platform for e-learning materials, which they have facilitated and hosted for over a decade. The online module on experience capitalisation is available for free through the IMARK platform.
Activities for the experience capitalisation project include capacity-building workshops to train champions of the approach, cross learning and networking, dissemination of the products of capitalisation and the establishment of a global community of practice around experience capitalisation. Knowledge products, in the form of publications are produced as a result of the experience capitalisation process with derived communication products existing in different formats. Having been properly trained, project participants will also be able to lead others and initiate new capitalisation projects, based around their activities, for their peers to participate in. This enables the community of practice to grow and share more experiences on the process itself.
Focusing on the necessary tools and materials, and on development of the skills needed to run and mainstream a capitalisation approach, this project aims at better development initiatives, and therefore at better results in the fight against poverty. Its main objective is that experience capitalisation is recognised as an effective and efficient knowledge management approach, and that projects and organisations benefit directly from it.