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IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: Innovative learning processes


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Report to the closing session on ’Innovative learning processes’ at the 2010 IAALD World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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IAALD 2010 Closing Session Report: Innovative learning processes

  1. 1. IAALD XIIIth World Congress<br />Montpellier, France<br />Tuesday, April 27, 2010<br />Theme 1 – Session 1 & 2 Innovative Learning Processes<br />
  2. 2. Successful Approaches for Improving Rural Community Livelihoods<br />Many lessons learned from experiences throughout Africa (Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana)<br />Innovations in communication and information technologies are more successful when they include social and cultural contexts<br />Decision-making improves when participatory approaches incorporate traditional processes <br />
  3. 3. Successful approaches, cont.<br />Participatory approaches are especially important in the empowerment of women and helping them gain new income<br />Similarly, ICTs need to be tied to local contexts to develop trust in their use<br />Participatory approaches that include role playing, forms of entertainment, and knowledge sharing achieve good results<br />
  4. 4. Innovative Approaches from India<br />Tele-centers provide rural communities with a variety of important learning opportunities<br />Some of the more effective ones are multi-media in format<br />Also, there has been success in using farmers as “trainers” of other farmers (train the trainer approach)<br />
  5. 5. Learning & Knowledge Sharing Toolkits<br /> The Virtual Environment & Sustainable Development University in France offers freely available flexible, interactive digital learning resources in environment and sustainability (can be used in many venues)<br />CGIAR also has a suite of knowledge sharing techniques, such as “Speed Geeking” that can be used to quickly engage groups in tackling problems and solutions <br />
  6. 6. From France and a Final Learning<br />Back to participatory approaches, we had papers demonstrating participatory and conversational learning processes can be analyzed from a psychological theoretical perspective<br />AND, we learned from the Women-In-Ag program in Nigeria that there are wonderful ways to prepare sweet potato snacks that lead to improved nutrition, Vitamin A intake, and new sources of income.<br />