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From Dimitra Newsletter 25: A new learning module on experience capitalization

August 2014: From Dimitra Newsletter 25, available in English and French (entire newsletter). A new learning module on experience capitalization. We hear more and more about experience capitalization. But what is it exactly? What’s its use? How to do it? To answer these and many more questions, FAO and partners are working on the development of a new learning module on experience capitalization. The learning module will take several forms: an e-learning version used for individual learning, or for preparation or follow-up of the face-toface events, a printed manual and PowerPoint presentations of each lesson for face-to-face training workshops.

Dimitra Newsletter 25: South-South cooperation; Family Farming and Food Security

August 2014: Dimitra Newsletter 25 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter).

Experience capitalization learning module: update

July 2014: Following the Expert Consultation in March 2014, the learning module on Experience capitalization is currently under development in English, to be finalized at the end of this year. It will subsequently be adapted in 2015 in French, Spanish and Arabic according to regional contexts where these languages are spoken. This course aims at providing organizations working in development programmes with the necessary tools and skills to plan and implement an experience capitalization process, and contribute to increased efficiency and effectiveness of their work.

"Experience capitalization", or “systematization”, is the process through which an experience is identified, validated and documented, leading to lessons learning, identification of potential good practices and their subsequent adoption. Thanks to this approach, practices can be adapted, improved, adopted by others and upscaled, leading to a greater impact. 

Good practice fact sheet: How to organize a knowledge share fair (updated)

June 2014: The Good practice fact sheet : How to organize a knowledge share fair  has been updated. It is now also available in French: Fiche de bonne pratique sur les foires aux savoirs : Comment organiser une foire aux savoirs

Expert Consultation on experience capitalization: Rome, Italy, 25th-27th of March 2014

March 2014: An Expert Consultation on experience capitalization will be held at FAO in Rome, Italy, 25th-27th of March 2014. The experience capitalization curriculum is being developed as part of the IMARK series of e-learning modules. This learning module will enable all staff to increase their capacities in experience capitalization and enlarge their vision on how to implement it effectively within their organizations or projects. The consultation is being organized by the Knowledge Management and Gender Programme of FAO, in collaboration with the CGIAR, CTA, ETC Foundation, GIZ, IFAD and UNDP. A follow-up meeting on this will be held in Paris on 10 April 2014. 

Canevas des bonnes pratiques mis à jour

Février 2014: Ce canevas peut être utilisé comme liste de contrôle afin de vérifier si vous avez abordé tous les éléments qui peuvent se retrouver dans une fiche de bonne pratique. Il vous aidera à identifier et à recueillir des bonnes pratiques. Disponible en anglais, en français et en espagnol (FAO, février 2014).

From Dimitra Newsletter 24: Niger and Burkina Faso: Four years of experience with capitalization

January 2014: From Dimitra Newsletter 24, available in English and French (entire newsletter). Niger and Burkina Faso: Four years of experience with capitalization. As the “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project drew to a close in May 2013, it takes stock of its achievements and activities. For more than four years, the project team has tested and adapted methodologies for experience capitalization and to identify good practices.

These capitalization methodologies are based on a participatory learning process which was implemented with a number of partners. The theme of agricultural input management was re-examined from all angles, firstly from a gender perspective, subsequently from the angle of capitalizing on experiences. As a result, the project has designed a range of thematic products on agricultural input management and participatory methodologies which can be used by organizations and projects, so as to help them capitalize on their experiences.

Dimitra Newsletter 24: Poverty reduction in rural areas, International Year of Family Farming

January 2014: Dimitra Newsletter 24 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). You can also download individual articles, see overview Dimitra Newsletter 24. This issue highlights experiences of development approaches that are helping in the fight against poverty in rural areas. Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s strategic objectives for the coming years, to which the Dimitra project is making a special contribution.

FAO-Dimitra is part of the FAO-Belgium partnership programme “Knowledge Management and Gender”. The “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project – another component of the programme – recently organized two minifairs to exchange good practices, in Niger and Burkina Faso.