Community of Practice for Pro-Poor LivestockDevelopment (CoP-PPLD). Strategic Framework 11. About the CommunityThe concept...
3. Values-   Being innovative and effective. The Community intends to catalyse processes, with    innovative approaches an...
5. ActivitiesTo achieve its goal and objectives, the Community, through its members will undertake thefollowing activities...
style should be brief and bringing value added into innovation scouting, experience    sharing, debates etc. A guiding pri...
Contact:Antonio RotaSenior Technical Adviser on Livestock and Farming Systemsa.rota@ifad.orgSilvia SperandiniConsultant, K...
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This Strategic Framework is the result of a corporate effort conducted during the Inception Workshop (Rome, 12-13 January, 2009) to establish the Community of Practice for Pro-poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD). It describes key CoP-PPLD features, goals and results that we, as members, strive to achieve. The Strategic Framework also defines the principles that guide our decisions and actions in this global, inclusive partnership supporting Pro-poor livestock development as a tool for poverty reduction.

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Community of Practice for Pro-Poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD). Strategic Framework

  1. 1. Community of Practice for Pro-Poor LivestockDevelopment (CoP-PPLD). Strategic Framework 11. About the CommunityThe concept of “Community of Practice” (CoP) has emerged within developmentcommunities to strengthen the connections among likeminded persons who seek to improve,through joint actions and collaborations, both knowledge and practice.The CoP for Pro-poor Livestock Development (CoP-PPLD) intends to be a global andinclusive partnership of practitioners, managers, researchers and other actors involved inlivestock development that want to exchange experiences, manage relevant knowledge, andsupport learning across countries and institutions as an instrument to achieve better results.Its main scope is to identify key problems and opportunities to develop collective strategiesand priorities on how to promote livestock as a tool for poverty reduction and on how toempower poor livestock keepers’ to actively participate in decision-making processes and inthe management of their livelihoods.The CoP-PPLD intends to be an innovative and demand-driven international approach. Itaims to learn from and give a voice to the livestock community contributing thus to optimizethe potential of livestock development as an instrument for poverty reduction. In addition, theCoP-PPLD intends to facilitate technical advisory service provision through strengthenedstrategic partnerships/collaborations with in-country and international organizations at alllevels, from livestock keepers organizations to national and international developmentpractitioners and decision makers.2. Key Features of the CoPs- Continuous and dynamic interaction between like-minded researchers, practitioners and policy makers from different backgrounds to generate, share, disseminate and validate knowledge (including tacit) that has clear and relevant benefits to the CoP-PPLD members and promotes a culture of mutual learning. ;- Informal multi-stakeholder approach as opposed to the traditional ‘division of labour’ between public sector, private sector, NGO, academic and grassroots organizations to benefit and learn from the respective comparative advantages;- Convergence towards common objectives through the merging of ideas, values and approaches.- Flexible and adaptable to evolving needs.1 This text is in draft form and not edited yet. “Document in progress” 1
  2. 2. 3. Values- Being innovative and effective. The Community intends to catalyse processes, with innovative approaches and organizational activities, rather than provide services. It works directly with pro-poor organizations and local communities as effective leaders of their own development process. It intends to apply a concomitant valuation of knowledge/theory and of practice, privileging neither one over the other.- Respecting diversity and differences of opinion, within the framework of broader shared objectives and concerns. It will also include actions to address inequalities and to give voice to the poorest. Therefore, the Community intends to build and strengthen collaborative activities reaffirming the importance of the dialogue/sharing South-North and South-South.- Being people and poverty focussed demonstrating that a sustainable equilibrium among livelihoods and natural resources is possible and is one way to alleviate poverty. It is also necessary to support roles, decision-making and capabilities of women as livestock owners, processor and users of livestock products. These are key aspects to promote women economic and social empowerments and consequently a way to enable rural women to break the cycle of poverty.4. Strategies and ObjectivesThe overall goal of the Community is to:Strengthen the connections among like-minded persons who seek to gather, develop andshare information and knowledge, and promote policies which positively impact on a criticalmass of livestock keepers and their families.The specific objectives are: • Enhance the capacity of the CoP-PPLD members to acquire, assess, and share innovations and knowledge on pro-poor livestock development interventions and on their “proven” impact; • Promote an intersectoral approach to PPLD; • Support research, extension, advocacy and evaluation of PPLD to improve the effectiveness of existing practices, advance the state of the art and the effective application for PPLD; • Raise understanding at various levels, including governmental circles, professional organizations and the general public, of the benefits, challenges and potential solutions related to PPLD; 2
  3. 3. 5. ActivitiesTo achieve its goal and objectives, the Community, through its members will undertake thefollowing activities: - Launching a piloting phase in which “How livestock insurance could reduce vulnerability of poor smallholder livestock producers” will be the initial challenge that will be addressed; - Distilling, capturing, generating and disseminating knowledge and innovations for Pro-Poor Livestock Development to reduce vulnerability and enhance the livelihood of poor smallholder farmers, with an emphasis on lessons learned and good practices; - Advocating and communicating for PPLD; engaging in policy dialogue with decision- makers; - Developing a Virtual Knowledge Network for the CoP-PPLD dynamic interactions and for its knowledge management needs; - Maintaining a register of professionals and practitioners willing to provide knowledge and support to PPLD initiatives at international, national, regional or local levels.6. Steering CommitteeA Steering Committee (SC) has been established by the participants during the inceptionworkshop to assist the implementation of the Pilot Phase. It attempts all stakeholder groupsand act on behalf of them according to the operation modalities agreed upon by the CoP-PPLD members.Antonio Rota (IFAD) will coordinate the activities of the pilot phase of this COP assisted by:Ranjita Puskur (ILRI), Michael Kibue (Heifer – Private sector), Ahmed Sidahmed (Universityof California Davis), Wyn Richards (NRInternational) and David Ward (Consultant) (otherPPLD-CoP members are welcomed to join the SC).7. Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing ToolsA multi-functional electronic platform - initially maintained by IFAD - is under development(www.cop-ppld.net). It will provide information on PPLD and support interactive informationflows and consultations among CoP participants. It will also host a commonrepository/knowledge base, a roster of thematic experts and other KS tools such asdiscussion forum, wiki area, chat etc.8. SustainabilityThe following four key issues will be crucial for the sustainability and effectiveness of theCoP-PPLD: - Internal structure. The CoP will be taken forward by its members and its structure should be lean and flexible to be able to adapt to changing needs; - Communication and knowledge sharing commitment. The CoP will be effective if all members will contribute openly to knowledge and documents sharing. It should not become an additional burden to our busy schedule. Therefore, the communication 3
  4. 4. style should be brief and bringing value added into innovation scouting, experience sharing, debates etc. A guiding principle will be tolerance and respect for all views.- Funding. Following the results of the pilot phase, a project proposal for CoP funding will be submitted to donors for financial support. However, in the spirit of the CoP, ordinary activities will be self-funded by its members.- Coordination and Secretariat. IFAD will host the CoP Secretariat coordinated by Antonio Rota. However all the other members are called to actively contribute to the CoP internal organization and its activities. Stakeholders Organizations Development Farmers Practitioners organizations Cooperating Research Empowerment Institutions IFAD institutes Thematic of Poor Livestock Group (LFSRTG) Distilled Keepers Knowledge Other Regional consortia Networks (Learning Notes, Thematic Papers, Policy Notes IFAD etc.) International Country Organizations Programmes Innovative activities, Better designed Projects/programmes, Better implementation Support. Figure 1 - The CoP for Pro-Poor Livestock Development 4
  5. 5. Contact:Antonio RotaSenior Technical Adviser on Livestock and Farming Systemsa.rota@ifad.orgSilvia SperandiniConsultant, Knowledge Management and Learnings.sperandini@ifad.org 5

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