Harnessing the Power of Collective Learning: Feedback, accountability and constituent voice in rural development / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Taylor & Francis
What were new ideas 30 years ago, such as the concepts of participatory development and systems thinking, are now accepted norms in international development circles. The majority of professionals engaged in rural development accept the proposition that the people who participate in development should play an active role in defining, implementing, and evaluating projects intended to improve their productivity and lives. However this goal remains unrealized in many development programs.
Harnessing the Power of Collective Learning considers the challenges and potential of enabling collective learning in rural development initiatives. The book presents 11 case studies of organizations trying to develop and implement collective learning systems as an integral component of sustainable development practice. Through systematic reflection on action and experience, key lessons and themes emerge regarding the nature of voice, participation, feedback loops, accountability and transparency, that will be useful for many others in the development community.
This book is a useful resource for academics, practitioners and policy makers in the areas of international development, sustainable development, organizational development, philanthropy, learning communities, monitoring and evaluation and rural development.
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About the Author
Roy Steiner is Director of Learning and Impact of the Omidyar Network and was the former Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program.
Duncan Hanks is the Director of Organizational Learning and Development at the Baha’i National Centre in Canada, a global board member of the International Environment Forum and, since 2007, an independent consultant to the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Agricultural Development).
Table of Contents
Prologue 1. The Development Conundrum 2. Digital Green - Enabling a Collective Process of Learning in Rural Development 3. Grameen Foundation - Learning from Feedback 4. Farmer Voice Radio - Multi-Level Collaboration To Engage Farmers Effectively 5. Keystone Accountability - Constituent Voice 6. Transformative Power of Dreams: A PRADAN Case Study 7. Enabling a Collective Process of Learning in Rural Development Women Empowerment in Agriculture-a Progression of Learning in CARE 8. One Acre Fund – Listening to Farmers 9. IDEO.org - Designing with Farmers 10. Trust, Collaboration, and Collective Learning Synergos Experience in Namibia and Ethiopia 11. FOSCA - Promoting Inclusive Development through a Process of Learning and Mutual Accountability 12. Kenya Markets Trust - Learning through feedback loops 13. Conclusion