Climate Change / CRP7 / Event / ILRIComms / Innovation Systems / Interview / Knowledge and Information / Social learning

Assessing social learning? Four monitoring specialists provide some answers

Last month, the Climate Change Communication and Social Learning (CCSL) project organized an evidence-gathering workshop to better unpack what social learning is, and particularly how to assess and monitor it. Four monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists comment on some of the issues raised. Continue reading

Capacity Strengthening / Climate Change / CRP7 / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Social learning

Doing, documenting and assessing social learning with the CCSL framework and toolkit

There has been much talk about social learning in CGIAR over the past decade. In recent years we have seen additional actions driven by the CCSL initiative; it has now produced a climate change communication and social learning framework and toolkit to help social learning beginners and experts do, document and assess social learning. Continue reading

Climate Change / CRP7 / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Social learning

Climate change communication and social learning for smarter agricultural research

Social learning helps smart organizations become smarter, and their activities to end up in smarter results. This is what a group of people working on climate change communication and social learning (CCSL) posited in June 2013 at a plan-and-writeshop. Hypothesis A: Social learning improves institutional processes and performance/effectiveness in the context of climate change. Hypothesis B: Social … Continue reading

Climate Change / CRP7 / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Social learning

Climate change communication and social learning – documenting the evidence

Since late 2011, ILRI has been working closely with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and a host of other organizations and individuals on ‘climate change, communication and social learning’ (CCSL). What started off with a meeting of minds in May 2012 has turned into a series of events, … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Climate Change / CRP7 / Europe / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / North America / Pacific

Climate Change Knowledge Exchange: Great conversations, good learning, but one step missing for transformation and action?

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) hosted a ‘Climate Change Knowledge Exchange‘ on 5-6 March 2013. The exchange which was designed with the intention of being ‘an antidote to death by Powerpoint‘, was co-created on the Climate Change and Social Learning (CCSL) sandbox – which was set up by ILRI and the CGIAR Research Program on … Continue reading

Climate Change / CRP7 / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

Social learning, climate change and food security: The CCSL sandbox

In late 2011, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) issued a call for proposals to help develop a CCAFS ‘strategy on communication and social learning’.  This was the start of a collaboration between CCAFS and ILRI’s Knowledge Management and Information Services (KMIS) team on Climate Change and Social Learning … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / Ethiopia / Event / Knowledge and Information

Media a key role in getting our messages out; and in Ethiopia’s development

On April 29th, 2012 a full house of national journalists from government and private media joined UN Communication Officers in a national workshop on the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Ethiopia and the role of media in taking these forward. The presenter from UNDP coordinating the MDG programme in Ethiopia highlighted that … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / CRP7 / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Social media

Connect, engage, share and learn: A social media guide on climate change in Africa

Social media have turned the information and communication world upside down. Africa is not the most prominent continent when it comes to social media use, but penetration is increasing rapidly. Fashion, sport and pop culture in Africa are all making use of social media, but so is development. Particularly for complex issues that require inputs from … Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / CRP7 / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

Social learning and climate change: CGIAR and partners in the (local) decision-making whirlwind

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) last week convened a workshop on communication and social learning in climate change. How did we tackle to challenge of facilitating a ‘social learning’ process with a room full of facilitators and communicators? CCAFS seeks to “overcome the threats to agriculture and food … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / CRP37 / Ethiopia / ILRI / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / people / Social media

Goats and Trees: 10 weeks as a KMIS intern at ILRI, Addis Ababa

On 26 January 2012, Kara Brown travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to begin a 10-week internship with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Knowledge Management & Information Services (KMIS). Here she reflects on her days in Addis Ababa – the ideas were initially shared with ILRI colleagues on 30 March 2012. It was my very … Continue reading