I Hope you are all well. As a part of our partnership with Comic Relief we are running some UK based workshops to better understand the process and approaches different NGO's use in cross organisational learning. The learning from this will be turned into a set of best practise guidelines which will be shared with all those involved. As small and diaspora originations I am very keen to have you guys involved. I think we are often faced with very limited resource and need to find clear and creative approaches to communicate and work with our partners overseas and here in the UK – I really hope some of you can come as I think your experience and knowledge will be invaluable to this process.
The seminar takes place on 7th September 2011 between 9.30am and 1pm. This is not a formal part of the INTRAC peer learning programme but is a part of our organisations project with Comic Relief which is funded through the Common Ground Initiative.
Below is an outline of the seminar. Sadly we do not have any funds to pay travel, but the seminar itself if free. We hope to run another one early next year which could take place outside ofLondonif we get enough interest – so if you would like to be involved but would prefer it was outsideLondon, let us know and we can see what is possible. I hope some of you are able to join us and please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions.
Cross-Organisational Learning: promoting south-south and south-north dialogue
Wednesday 7th September 2011
10.00 – 12.30 seminar
Institute of Fundraising,Park Place,12 Lawn Lane,London SW8 1UD
Aim: To explore the role of UK NGOs in promoting dialogue and learning between organisations.
With increased emphasis on value for money, UK-based NGOs need to focus clearly on the added value we bring to the international development arena. One element of our role can be to act as a catalyst and facilitator for cross organisational dialogue and learning. Such exchanges can enhance our practice as UK NGO, share good practices and build sustainable coalitions among organisations in the global south.
Brief examples of promoting learning through dialogue and exchange of experiences between organisations inMali,Sierra Leone,South Africa,Ugandaand theUKwill be presented by British Association of Literacy in Development (BALID), Feed the Minds, International Service and Lifeline.
The workshop will share benefits, strategies and challenges to promoting south-north learning and south-south learning. Issues will include
promoting two-way dialogue and learning within a donor-recipient relationship
building learning coalitions at community level
promoting literacy awareness and supporting the development of literacy practices
The workshop will be of benefit to those interested in enhancing the role of their organisation in promoting cross organisational learning. Participants will have a chance to discuss the barriers they face and hear how others have addressed some of these challenges.
Note: This seminar will contribute towards the production of good practice guidelines on promoting cross-organisational learning which is a part of Feed the Minds partnership with Comic Relief.
I would be interested but can't make 7 September. Would you please bear me in mind for the possible workshop in the New Year. I can make London but am based west of Bristol. We've been holding an action learning set under CGI in Bristol for four organizations which seems to be working well as one out of London location.
The Peer Learning Programme is driven by its member organisations and facilitated by INTRAC as part of the Common Ground Initiative (funded by DFID and Comic Relief), which aims to support African development through UK-based small and diaspora organisations.