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.

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

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