Special session: Relief - Research - Development



Organizers/ Focal Point(s)


ICT-KM - GFAR - FARA

Myra Wopereis


Aims of the session

  • Looking at rebuilding institutions post-conflict/post crisis,
  • Give specific attention to the shift from relief towards self-sufficiency
  • What are the knowledge and capacity development needs?
  • Raise awareness of this need and share experiences, lessons learned and best practices from countries that have been through crises and have had to rebuild agricultural research, education and extension systems, in some cases from scratch.
  • Explore the huge challenges in such systems, in building trust in new providers, attracting refugee experts to return, rebuilding infrastructure and skills in challenging contexts, identifying key agendas and issues that will best meet communities’ needs etc.
  • Consider the important dimension of making use of ICTs to access external knowledge and so rapidly making useful and relevant knowledge available to those turning research and knowledge into practical measures on the ground, even where a formal system of expertise may not yet exist or where local knowledge providers or government employees may be viewed with suspicion.

Note: This is of interest to GFAR and its regional fora. Also discussions with WFP and UNDP have shown their strong interest in fostering processes in the transition from relief operations into locally-derived solutions and institutions.
  • build momentum around this specific need and so delivering towards the GCARD Roadmap, in the critical area of capacity development
  • build upon the CIARD partnership (which already links CGIAR, GFAR, FAO and the Regional Fora in information & communication management & capacity issues) and act via the Regional/Subregional Fora in its organization
  • good chance to set the frame for a wider agenda to address this crucial need and in a way that builds coherence between the Regional Fora, the CGIAR and the UN agencies, through their connections as stakeholders in GFAR

Process


1. Agenda for the session



2. Facilitators:

  • Content -
  • Process -


3. Knowledge Sharing technique used (if any):


This will be a 90 minute session.
A suggested schedule/process is:

Activity
Process
Person
Time
Introduction to the session topic and process
Giving a few words
Mark Holderness (GFAR)
10 minutes
Regional perspectives, challenges and actions
Goal:
getting ideas together from across Africa towards seriously addressing this agenda and learning from existing country experiences where these issues have sadly already had to be addressed

Process: Each of three sub-regions in Africa to give a ten minute talk on what the key issues are for transitioning from relief to development in their sub-region, what are the challenges, what are the goals, any case studies of what has been done, any lessons.

Participation: While these are going on-ask participants of the FGD to write on cards particular issues, challenges, opportunities, and ideas related to knowledge and knowledge sharing
  • CORAF rep
  • SADC rep *ASARECA rep
30 minutes
Agency perspectives
Goal: learning from agencies what they are doing and experiencing with regards to this agenda.

Process: One or two agencies to give a ten minute talk about thier experiences, goals, challenges and actions
t in fostering processes in the transition from relief operations into locally-derived solutions and institutions.

Participation: While these are going on-ask participants of the FGD to write on cards particular issues, challenges, opportunities, and ideas related to knowledge and knowledge sharing
*WFP
*UNICEF (TBC?)
20 minutes
What knowledge systems and approaches can help?Looking for the opportunities
Look at the cards that have been put up on the 'wall'
Open discussion on what opportunities there are with new knowledge systems, knowledge sharing and approaches for facilitating this goal better.
Facilitator (?)
30 minutes


Speakers/Talents



  • Mark Holderness (GFAR) ?
  • Regional Fora?
  • WFP: Patrick Mullen/others
  • UNICEF: Tom White (?)




Notes



What is a Focus group session?**