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Jorge Chavez-Tafur

Learning from operations is often cited as a major challenge. IFAD’s development effectiveness framework, for example – including impact assessment and streamlined results reporting – is addressing this. However, the process of analysing and documenting experience-based lessons – going behind the numbers, so to speak – is under-valued. The capacity to analyse and document lessons learned, building on available evidence, is often low, and time is short.

Efforts to build capacity in what is known as “experience capitalization”, “capitalisation” or “sistematización”, have long attracted considerable interest among staff in many projects and organizations. The IFAD grant-funded project “Capitalization of experience for greater impact in rural development” focused on the need to develop skills to facilitate capitalization processes, working with teams in different parts of the world. Implemented by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the project was completed in March 2019.

As a follow up, a series of webinars introduced the experience capitalization approach to interested practitioners, and provided initial guidance on how to conduct and facilitate a process.

Session 1 (October 8, 2019), with Federico Sancho (Costa Rica), Anil Maikhuri (India) and Laura Eggens (the Netherlands)
The first session started with a theoretical definition (What is experience capitalization? What are the expected benefits?) and looked at the importance of planning the process – focusing on the best moment to start it, the tools and resources needed, and on the importance of selecting participants. The recordings are available here:

and the presentation used is here:

Session 2 (October 22, 2019), with Anthony Wanyoto (Uganda), Emmanuel Gbakie (Sierra Leone) and Gilbert Tarimo (Tanzania)
The second meeting focused on the different steps involved in a particular process: the selection of a particular experience, the organization of the available information, the analysis, the steps for documenting and sharing the lessons found and the main recommendations, etc. The recordings are available here:

and the presentation used is here:

Session 3 (November 5, 2019), with Shalini Kala (India) and Gorgui Alioune Mbouw (Ivory Coast)
Completing the course, we looked at the last part of a process, starting with the steps needed to ensure that the lessons drawn are effectively used. We looked at adoption, and at the factors affecting it, focusing on the need to develop an action plan and to see that it is followed. Next, we discussed the need to create the conditions so that the whole approach is adopted – its institutioanlzation. The recordings are available here:

and the presentation we used is here:

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