The “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project 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 for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.
Working together with representatives of different organizations and projects in the Pacific region, the project is interested in supporting the development of the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalization process. This will involve accompanying them in the process of describing and analysing the steps followed by the different projects, and the results, outcomes and impact seen in each case, identifying learning moments and specific lessons to share with others.
A first training workshop
The process will start with a first workshop, planned to take place in Suva, Fiji, between the 5th and the 9th of February, 2018, and will include representatives of the participating organizations and projects in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This workshop will follow the same method and approach being tried in other cases and regions, building on similar capitalization processes in the past (e.g. IFAD-supported initiative in Ethiopia, Zambia and Swaziland run by ILEIA in 2013).
This will be followed through with a series of activities at the local level, and will be completed with a follow-up workshop in April 2018. Collaboration between CTA and the different projects is meant to lead to a set of products to be shared with a wider audience.
• Present the FAO / IMARK “learning module” on experience capitalization, and discuss the best approach to disseminate it and to encourage its use;
• Present the main concepts and ideas regarding an experience capitalization approach;
• Discuss a general methodology, and the steps to follow so as to ensure that it is completed;
• Start an experience capitalization process: selecting a specific case, identifying a list of participants and of people who need to be involved, finding information and organising it, analysing each case and drawing conclusions, and preparing for the dissemination of these results;
• Draw specific lessons regarding the process (guiding future workshops);
• Plan for future activities within the participating initiatives and with other participants.
The five-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 doing it;
• a set of cases described and analysed, and of lessons to share between the participating initiatives and with other interested organizations;
• new members of the emerging community of practice supported by the project;
• a set of documented experiences and lessons to be added to the website, and to kick-start discussions within the community of practice and the electronic platform;
• specific plans to continue and complete the capitalization process.