Innovation platforms for land and water management in the Nile Basin


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Presented by Kees Swaans and Ranjitha Puskur at the Nile Basin Development Challenge Science and Reflection Workshop, Addis Ababa, 4-6 May 2011.

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  • Level of operation; sequencing of platforms Nature, cope, and composition of innovation platform are determined by the challenge to be addressed – this may differ between operational levels and locations
  • Innovation platforms for land and water management in the Nile Basin

    1. 1. Innovation platforms for land and water management in the Nile Basin <ul><li>- vision, progress and linkages - </li></ul><ul><li>Kees Swaans and Ranjitha Puskur </li></ul>Nile Basin Development Challenge Science and Reflection Workshop Addis Ababa, 4-6 May 2011
    2. 2. Actor landscape in RWM <ul><li>Over 140 actors engaged in RWMS (mainly governmental organizations, universities, research institutes, national and international NGOs) </li></ul><ul><li>Few, but potentially useful private sector actors operate in the basin; similarly a few development associations seem to be important </li></ul><ul><li>18 loosely organized networks and forums; most focus on broad areas of rural and agricultural development (and certain aspects of water such as use or conservation) </li></ul><ul><li>Over a dozen (mostly) cross-region on-gong and new initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented, lack of focus or too ‘narrow’ focus, lack of systematic comparison of what works where and when </li></ul><ul><li>(source Ayele et al, 2011; Merrey & Gebreselassie, 2011) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why innovation platform <ul><li>Innovation processes can be enhanced by creating more possibilities for actors to interact </li></ul><ul><li>For better coordination – strive for complementary and integrated strategies/approaches </li></ul><ul><li>For sharing and learning – how can we do things better </li></ul><ul><li>For changing institutions and policies – to create an enabling environment </li></ul>
    4. 4. Platforms at different levels Other Districts Local level Regional National Sites within district Non-project sites within district Learning Scaling out Chair Chair
    5. 5. Woreda level platforms Objectives <ul><li>Identify and test RWM innovations/strategies (technological, organizational, institutional) </li></ul><ul><li>Improved coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Human and institutional capacity building </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for up- and out-scaling </li></ul>Members <ul><li>Diversity of organizations across sectors (farmers, research, extension, administrators/authorities, NGOs/CBOs, private sector) </li></ul>When and where <ul><li>One in each site (Fogera, Jeldu, Diga) </li></ul><ul><li>Meet every 1-3 months / meet yearly with other Woreda platforms </li></ul>Format/action <ul><li>Action-research groups for exploring/testing ‘innovations’ and follow-up </li></ul>Facilitation <ul><li>Local partner to be identified (e.g. university, regional research centre, NGO); training and back-up by NBDC </li></ul>
    6. 6. National platform Objectives <ul><li>Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Policy influence </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for up and out-scaling </li></ul>Members <ul><li>Open membership; diversity of organizations across sectors (e.g. representatives of ministries; key projects, networks and actors; public and private sector, donors, research institutes, universities etc.) </li></ul>When and where <ul><li>national level (Ethiopia, with particular emphasis on Nile Basin) </li></ul><ul><li>meet 3 x per year </li></ul>Format/action <ul><li>Through working groups which structure and organize information as input and follow-up for sharing and learning </li></ul>Facilitation <ul><li>Working group of representatives of key networks/projects led of NBDC; platform members invited by Ministry of Agriculture </li></ul>
    7. 7. Role of hierarchy of platforms <ul><li>Advisory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>participatory planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>scaling up innovations (technical, institutional and organisational) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ownership/institutionalisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>an enabling policy environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>M&E </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of process and outcomes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of project and alliance activities </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. What needs to be scaled up/out? <ul><li>Principles and methods of stimulating local innovation processes </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons from experience in supporting institutional change </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons in building multi-stakeholder partnerships to create enabling conditions for local innovation processes </li></ul>
    9. 9. Food for thought <ul><li>How can we link activities and experiences from the local level with those of the national level and vice versa most effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>What do different projects in NBDC expect from the platforms at different levels and what and how can they contribute to it? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we measure the effectiveness of the platforms at different levels? </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms for sustainability </li></ul>