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A series of capitalization processes

With the financial support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the  project is being implemented in different parts of the world by the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). 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. Working with different organizations, the “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is set to achieve its mission to ensure long-term sustainability and impact in development.

Different cases

The project is working with rural development initiatives and organizations in Africa, Asia or Latin America & Caribbean, all of whom are completing a capitalization process – drawing conclusions and presenting and sharing lessons related to a specific project or programme (a “case” or an “experience”). With the support of a group of trainers and facilitators, these groups are:

  • reviewing the “learning module”, and using it to start a capitalization process by focusing on a specific case: identifying colleagues and stakeholders to involve in the process, planning the whole process, collecting the necessary information from their colleagues and in the field, organizing and analysing the collected information, and putting their results in a shareable format. ;
  • joining a training workshop, where representatives of every case complete the process they have already started. Sessions use both online materials and face-to-face discussions. The online materials remain accessible to the learners, and electronic discussions continue on the electronic platform of the project (serving a growing Community of Practice);
  • completing the process with online support (mentoring and coaching). The trainers or facilitators remain in touch with the representatives of the implementing partner organizations and monitor progress, addressing and documenting the challenges faced and how they overcome these;
  • sharing the results with colleagues and with the general public (including articles or short publications); and
  • joining a general discussion, focusing on the steps followed in every process and on the main lessons learned. This also includes thematic interactions, supporting the analysis of a specific case (especially among the peers in the region and in some cases internationally with other regions).

Read about the different cases in the different pages in this section, and the lessons drawn by the different participants.  For more information please write to Jorge Chavez-Tafur, Associate Programme Coordinator at CTA. E-mail: chavez-tafur@cta.int

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CTA is a joint institution operating under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement between the ACP Group of States (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) and the EU Member States (European Union). CTA is funded by the European Union.