Emerging lessons on Sector Learning with WASH ResourceCentre NetworksJuly 2012, Carmen da Silva Wells
Overview of presentation    • Exploring sector learning:      PSO programme    • What is sector learning?    • Towards a f...
The PSO-supported programme    • PSO    • Phase 1 (2009-2010)      phase 2 (2011-July      2012)    • 5 countries: Burkina...
Reflexive Monitoring in Action (RMA)    • Method for exploring the      concept of ‘sector learning’    • Clarifying steps...
Why sector learning?                                                • A dynamic, mature                                   ...
How does sector learning help?     Sector learning contributes to     better performance by:     •   Providing evidence-ba...
Working definition sector learning    • Sector learning is the ability of sector      stakeholders to jointly systemise th...
Important elements of sector learning     •Sector learning for responsive and improved     WASH governance and services (C...
Towards a framework for tracking sector                  learning                                                  (RMA Wo...
Towards a framework for tracking sector      learning      Effects         New insights/            Changes of        Inst...
A dynamic, coordinated                                           Learning WASH sector that     Uganda                     ...
Theory of Change (ToC) Commonalities     •   Improved sector harmonisation         and coordination     •   Sustainable an...
Theory of Change differences     • Broad focus on sector       (knowledge driven) -vs-       learning in the network (role...
Progress     • From 2002 onwards gradual move towards sector       learning, capacities of RCN built to facilitate       m...
Stories of changeStories                                         HighlightsDecentralisation of WASH Resource Centres Suppo...
Challenges     • Support to RCNs from IRC different in different countries.     • Staff turnover.     • Making time for jo...
Looking ahead     Sustainability?     •   To get real commitment, especially government, we need to clarify what sector   ...
Find out more     • RCNs and sector learning on our thematic pages:       http://www.irc.nl/page/50054     • We blog about...
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Continuous joint learning is crucial for a strong and adaptive water and sanitation sector. In the past 2 years, we have been reflecting on the ways in which national Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Resource Centre Networks (RCN) support learning in their WASH sectors.
IRC and RCN coordinators in 5 countries have been sharing experiences and gathering evidence of change that result from learning between organisations and at sector level. See http://www.irc.nl/page/50054

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Lessons on sector learning with WASH Resource Centre Networks

  1. 1. Emerging lessons on Sector Learning with WASH ResourceCentre NetworksJuly 2012, Carmen da Silva Wells
  2. 2. Overview of presentation • Exploring sector learning: PSO programme • What is sector learning? • Towards a framework for tracking sector learning • Progress • Challenges • Reflections and Implications, what next?2 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  3. 3. The PSO-supported programme • PSO • Phase 1 (2009-2010) phase 2 (2011-July 2012) • 5 countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras, Nepal and Uganda3 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  4. 4. Reflexive Monitoring in Action (RMA) • Method for exploring the concept of ‘sector learning’ • Clarifying steps and assumptions: – 2021 Vision – Theory of change: outcomes – Stories of change – Joint reflection: workshops skype chats on learning questions, wiki4 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  5. 5. Why sector learning? • A dynamic, mature sector needs ongoing spread support reform learning to support innova tions respon stakeholders to meet challenges d to challe nges and to adapt to change”. (Leaflet sector learning 2008/2009) improve service delivery5 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  6. 6. How does sector learning help? Sector learning contributes to better performance by: • Providing evidence-based learning Developing new • Developing and validating knowlegde approaches etc • Facilitating use of knowledge • Organising time and space Joint for reflection reflection • Developing capacities to upscale innovations Capacity • Developing capacities to development adapt to changing circumstances (Leaflet sector learning 2008/2009)6 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  7. 7. Working definition sector learning • Sector learning is the ability of sector stakeholders to jointly systemise the capture and sharing of experiences in the sector and to develop joint capacity to reflect on these lessons in order to adapt and improve service delivery.7 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  8. 8. Important elements of sector learning •Sector learning for responsive and improved WASH governance and services (CHANGE) • Joint learning by range of actors (need to explore who is in/out) at different institutional levels • Sector learning includes: a) change in understanding and behavior, b) that goes beyond the individual, and c) occurs through interactions between actors in network.8 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  9. 9. Towards a framework for tracking sector learning (RMA Workshop April 2011)9 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  10. 10. Towards a framework for tracking sector learning Effects New insights/ Changes of Institutional knowledge behaviour, changes practices, action Person Organisation Network Sector‘learning effect framework’ (RMA Workshop April 2011)Sector learning: New insights and practices at sector level, and ultimately institutionalchanges 10
  11. 11. A dynamic, coordinated Learning WASH sector that Uganda provides equitable and sustainable WASH services Policy makers, A vibrant sharing planners, service reflection and Progress on outcome providers, donors, coordination platform Sector policies allow for Existence of human and communities are aware and performUn-expected: Series of exists continuous improvement financial resources to their in WASH service run the sector meetings led to a responsibilities provision round- table meeting on learning with key sector stakeholders Ministry, donors and UWASNET. Planned activities: Discussions are now 1. Mapping existing learning around mandate for initiatives of RCN and Sector learning in the sector. 2. Conduct a study on how to Ministry with support institutionalize learning in the from Triple -S is sector carrying out a study on 3. Document the learning how to mainstream processes learning in the sector.11 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  12. 12. Theory of Change (ToC) Commonalities • Improved sector harmonisation and coordination • Sustainable and lasting services provision • A sector that is improving continuously and adapts when needed • A sector that uses shared approaches and mechanisms • A sector that documents and shares good practices. Ghana ToC 2011: a knowledge-12 driven sector
  13. 13. Theory of Change differences • Broad focus on sector (knowledge driven) -vs- learning in the network (role driven). • Focus on decentralised learning and decision making processes at lowest level -vs- focus on national level. • Need for links with education sector to improve human capacity not raised in each Part of BF ToC 2011: municipalities ToC. have assessed learning needs and identified funding sources13 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  14. 14. Progress • From 2002 onwards gradual move towards sector learning, capacities of RCN built to facilitate multistakeholder learning • Lots of interest by sector stakeholders for KM and learning, and increased recognition of RCN. • RCNs still mainly focus on single learning/ documentation loop, but some progress on change at institutional level14 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  15. 15. Stories of changeStories HighlightsDecentralisation of WASH Resource Centres Support for Regional RC, coordinating committees(Nepal) mandatory at all administrative levels Multi-stakeholder Thematic groups provide evidenceThematic groups become mechanism for based information and practical products which lead tosector learning and sector change (Honduras) change in practice & policyAcknowledgement of importance of KM and KM, coordination, joint review seen as crucial fornetwork in facilitating knowledge sharing sector, RCNN positioned itself with info products, KM(Nepal) strategy, events NLLAP meeting and documentation generatedBudget tracking of national WASH budget discussion and contributed to budget tracking exercise,(Ghana) transparency RCN engaged in planning, facilitation and publicity ofIncreased demand for sector learning key sector events. Recognition and commitment by keyproducts and services of network (Ghana) sector players KM study highlighted key gaps and generated newTowards knowledge management and sector initiatives, CB activities have increased documentationlearning (Burkina Faso) in sectorLinking national and district sector learning Linking lessons from different levels leads to upscaling 15(Uganda) and institutionalising learning
  16. 16. Challenges • Support to RCNs from IRC different in different countries. • Staff turnover. • Making time for joint reflection. • Competition RC host and network members. • Contested mandate of the network for KM/ learning. • Network requires on-going inputs, support and energy and coordinators are overstretched.16 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  17. 17. Looking ahead Sustainability? • To get real commitment, especially government, we need to clarify what sector learning is, how it makes a difference and how we can measure this difference. Effectiveness? • IRC could benefit from more research into the ability of RCs to catalyse learning. Sensemaker or other method could be used to supplement stories collected. • Are IRC supporting the right RC partners? • We need to also look at a range of learning mechanisms in a country, so not only RCs, but also LAs, sector working groups, coordination platforms, joint technical reviews etc. • Still many questions on institutionalizing learning (beyond projects), linking learning at different levels, measuring learning. More innovative work for IRC and partners to do…resources?17 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs
  18. 18. Find out more • RCNs and sector learning on our thematic pages: http://www.irc.nl/page/50054 • We blog about our lessons here: http://learningforchange.wordpress.com/category/sector-learning/ • Watch these videos about what sector learning means in 5 focus countries: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL893F938E027D9EF9 • Reflexive Monitoring in Action guide: http://www.com.wur.nl/UK/publications/RF18 Sector Learning with WASH RCNs

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