Learning in networks

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Euforic/Concord meeting, 6 June 2007 - Presentation by Danny Aerts, ATOL

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  • not best practices, just our experience in the field
  • Learning in networks

    1. 1. Learning in networks
    2. 2. ATOL ? <ul><li>appropriated technology </li></ul><ul><li>methodological support of organisations </li></ul><ul><li>North and South </li></ul><ul><li>no financing ! </li></ul><ul><li>transversal focal points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gender </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organisational strengthening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KM or LO or OL or ... </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. ATOL ? <ul><li>sectoral focal points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“offering information relevant for development actors” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social economy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Central and West Africa, focus on DR Congo </li></ul>
    4. 4. The South <ul><li>Two examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organisational learning Benin, Mali, Angola, DR Congo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>libraries and documentation centres DR Congo </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Organisational learning <ul><li>groups of organisations </li></ul><ul><li>no “formal” networks </li></ul><ul><li>integrate learning into the daily management of the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>motivated organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>concrete questions </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Organisational learning 2 <ul><li>one leading organisation </li></ul><ul><li>1 or 2 meetings a year with ATOL </li></ul><ul><li>inbetween meetings to exchange and document process </li></ul><ul><li>planning of necessary changes </li></ul><ul><li>feedback / input / experiment / successes and failures... ! </li></ul><ul><li>change (sustainable)‏ </li></ul>
    7. 7. Libraries and documentation centres <ul><li>3 networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kinshasa, Bukavu and Lubumbashi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>created after an inventory of information providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>independent of ATOL </li></ul><ul><li>no financing </li></ul><ul><li>training of documentalists </li></ul>
    8. 8. Libraries and documentation centres 2 <ul><li>big differences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>everything formalized, no activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no formal arrangements, lots of activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>monthly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>organising workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Google group </li></ul><ul><li>stimulate exchange > change </li></ul><ul><li>general information providers > information for development </li></ul>
    9. 9. Future <ul><li>organisations feel growing need for relevant information </li></ul><ul><li>bring together: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organisations that need information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>information for development </li></ul>
    10. 10. Challenges <ul><li>long process </li></ul><ul><li>no sharing culture </li></ul><ul><li>oral versus written </li></ul><ul><li>technological obstacles </li></ul>

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