What are learning & practice alliances and communities of practice?

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Originally posted on the ILRI slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/ILRI/presentations), this is a presentation I gave for a training workshop on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes for the project EAU4Food.

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What are learning & practice alliances and communities of practice?

  1. 1. What are LPAs? What are CoPs?What matters to make them work? Ewen Le Borgne EAU4Food LPA-CoP facilitation training workshop ILRI Ethiopia, Addis Ababa 13-15 August 2012
  2. 2. Overview• What are LPAs/CoPs in EAU4Food?• Why such platforms?• The ingredients of an LPA/CoP• Activities to facilitate LPAs/CoPs• Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs/CoPs• The CoP/LPA facilitator…
  3. 3. What are LPAs/CoPs in EAU4Food?
  4. 4. What is a CoP? What is an LPA? Process? Approach? Network?
  5. 5. What is an LPA?‘A group of actors, including researchers, decision- makers and practitioners … … who come together to share learning, support innovation and scale up solutions
  6. 6. What is an LPA? Focused on the big picture Merging policy and practice Diverse membershipResearchers Other technical expertsDecision Private sectormakers
  7. 7. What is a CoP?‘A specific group of like minded practitioners… … who come together to solve shared problems’
  8. 8. What is a CoP? Farmer-led Locally-focused Practice-oriented Farmers Extension workersResearchers
  9. 9. What is a CoP? What is an LPA? Membership will overlap… … and evolve
  10. 10. LPA NGOsLocal Policy/ decisionresearchers Academics makers Researchers Government Private EAU4Food experts sector Consortium CoP / LPA representatives Extension workers Local Farmers Technical Local Experts Researchers researchers EAU4Food Consortium CoP
  11. 11. Why such platforms in EAU4Food?
  12. 12. Why such platforms in EAU4Food?Why platforms?•Involve stakeholders in the research and innovation process andenhance commitment to research processes, ownership ofresearch results and strengthening of research capacities•Ensure that research aims to tackle the problems encounteredon the ground•Ensure that research results are translated into policy andpractice by involving the direct users (e.g. farmers, decisionmakers) in the research process•Create conditions for long term cooperation and coordination inthe sector•Link up the local level where research usually takes place withthe sub-national / national arena where policies are formulated
  13. 13. The ingredients of an LPA/CoP
  14. 14. The ingredients of a learning and practice alliance / community of practice A vision Its essenceCredits: Kristin Marshall
  15. 15. The ingredients of a learning and practicealliance / community of practice A Structure Its arborescence Credits: Carlos Zardoya
  16. 16. The ingredients of a learning and practicealliance / community of practice Activities Its presenceCredits: ILRI
  17. 17. The ingredients of a learning and practice alliance / community of practice EmbeddingCredits: Kelly Hart Its resilience?
  18. 18. The ingredients of a learning and practice alliance / community of practice Some impact The evidence of its successCredits: CIAT/Neil Palmer
  19. 19. Key issues to consider in a CoP
  20. 20. The ingredients of a Community of practice A community The people who want to share their knowledge with each other ?Credits: Preston Rhea
  21. 21. The ingredients of a Community of practice A domain A meaningful field that ?Credits: Agrilife Today brings people together
  22. 22. The ingredients of a Community of practice A practice A set of common activities to reflect and act uponCredits: CIAT/Neil Palmer
  23. 23. The ingredients of a Community of practice Developing a passion for the CoPMotivationCredits: DavidYuWeb
  24. 24. The ingredients of a Community of practice A mandate Original and/or co-created… to generate purpose and resultsCredits: European Parliament
  25. 25. The ingredients of a Community of practice A structure A balance between formal & informalCredits: Isaac Mao 90-9-1 etc.
  26. 26. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPs
  27. 27. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPs Convening themCredits: ILRI/Ewen Le Borgne
  28. 28. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPsCementing themBuilding relationships,Building an agenda,Organizing activities to get people to worktogetherCredits: ILRI
  29. 29. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPs Connecting them Among & across platformsCredits: Ewen Le Borgne
  30. 30. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPs Understanding them Monitoring, process documentation etc.Credits: ILRI/Tezira Lore
  31. 31. Activities to facilitate LPAs and CoPs Sustaining them? Rotating activities? Technical inputs? Financial and otherCredits: The Pauls resources? Institutionalisation ?
  32. 32. Key issues to consider infacilitating LPAs and CoPs
  33. 33. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPs Relevant agenda?Credits: Bilal Kamoon
  34. 34. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPs The right mandate?Credits: European Parliament
  35. 35. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPsPower issues?Credits: NotBruceLee
  36. 36. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPs Representative members?Credits: ILRI / Ewen Le Borgne
  37. 37. Key issues to consider in facilitatingLPAs and CoPs Solid engagement?
  38. 38. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPs Turnover?Credits: The-G-UK
  39. 39. Key issues to consider in facilitatingLPAs and CoPs Incentives?
  40. 40. Key issues to consider in facilitatingLPAs and CoPs Action!Credits: ILRI
  41. 41. Key issues to consider in facilitating LPAs and CoPs Time! And other resources…Credits: Darren Tunnicliff
  42. 42. Key issues to consider in facilitatingLPAs and CoPs Impact!Credits: ILRI
  43. 43. The CoP/LPA facilitator
  44. 44. Profile of the CoP/LPA facilitator CoP Both LPATechnically Respected Technicallyrespected apt Good listener Good communicator CommittedSpecialist Good negotiator / Generalistwith conflict resolution withgeneralist specialistaptitude focus Flexible CharismaticDigs deeper Goes wider Well networked
  45. 45. More information http://www.eau4food.info e.leborgne@cgiar.orgThe presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI.
  46. 46. Better lives through livestock ilri.org

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