Social learning approaches take learning and behaviour change beyond the individual to communities, networks and systems. Through facilitated processes of working together, interactive dialogue, exchange, learning, action and reflection, shared ways of knowing emerge that lead to changes, and improvements, in practice.
ILRI’s CKM team recently supported the process leading to and facilitating a ‘National coordination and experience sharing forum (NCESF) in the area of food security and resilience building programs in Ethiopia’. This experience went well beyond typical event support and offered interesting opportunities for ILRI more widely. This post also looks at lessons learned in the process.
I did not think seriously about the fact that I could be a leader until I participated in a facilitation skills workshop for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in March 2016.
Participatory decision-making is essential to international agricultural research programs. Facilitation helps tackle it head-on and methodically. ILRI has understood this and is investing in this skill through training various staffs and further developing in-house capacity for group facilitation beyond the training.
More and more ILRI meetings take place online with a dominant group sitting face-to-face. How to make people participating online feel they are really welcome to the conversation? Here are some ideas simple enough to apply.
CGIAR research programs are developing country collaboration processes to help CGIAR centres collaborate among themselves and with other critical national partners. Communication and engagement are critical to such processes and a communication team is well placed to help there, as is the case in Ethiopia.
Social Learning is, almost by definition, a form of Slow Learning. Social learning was at the heart of the Innovation Process share fair held at ILRI Ethiopia in May 2015. This post reviews results from a survey about participants’ experience at the fair, and outcomes of their participation.