FAO High-Level Policy Learning Programme

2011 Addressing long-term development challenges: from short-lived interventions to lasting achievements

FAO, Rome, 7 – 18 November 2011

The third FAO High-Level Policy Learning Programme (HLPLP) took place in Rome, from 7 to 18 November 2011. Following the 2009 and 2007 events, the 2011 HLPLP explored development perspectives, long-term challenges and scenarios for the future, with a focus on the latest public policy thinking and practice, at all levels.


The overarching objective of the HLPLP 2011 was to strengthen the capacities of influential stakeholders in policy processes to: 

  • Identify emerging issues affecting long-term development and possible ways forward in terms of new thinking; and
  • Translate innovative ideas into policy options in collaboration with FAO policy networks and participating countries.

Programme structure

The HLPLP 2011 was divided into two parts:

  • 1st week used a thematic approach to address selected emerging and current issues; and
  • 2nd week explored methods and tools for development policy analysis

See the overall learning objectives of each module»

  • Module 1: Lessons and Policy Implications from Old and New Thinking and Practice on Development
  • Module 2: Governance and Development
  • Module 3: Natural Resources and Development
  • Module 4: Long-term Perspectives and Policies for Sustainable Development

See the programme agenda» 

Who is involved

Participating high-level decision makers and senior analysts from the selected countries are in a better position to analyze relevant policy options,  identify requirements for assistance in policy development and to formulate and apply strategies.

Furthermore, based on the topics discussed and activities carried out throughout the two-week programme,  participants were asked to draw up Country Action Plans (CAPs) indicating what policy-related tasks they intended to undertake once back in their country. CAPs were finalized by participants once back in their country with the support of their respective FAO Representatives.

Needs or technical priorities highlighted in the individual CAPs can be useful for FAO technical units to design future policy support. 

Download final CAPs paper »

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