Learning in partnership

This list of papers, websites and organisations brings together recent thinking on the character and function of partnerships in development work. Learning is integral to a meaningful understanding of 'partnership' in international development today. Yet all partnerships and learning challenges differ. These resources cover issues such as factors affecting partnerships, the scope of organisational learning in the context of partnership, and the implications of power differentials.

This list is drawn largely from the recent BOND/Exchange Briefing Paper entitled Learning in partnerships and was compiled by the Source International Information Support Centre. Source welcomes additions to this list. Please email any resources you know to be useful (eg printed materials, websites, CD-ROMs, programme evaluations, organisations) to sourceassistant@hi-uk.org .

Selected resources

Books, reports, etc

How can we learn more from what we do? Evaluation and evidence-based communications for development : summary record of workshop

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY MANAGEMENT (ECDPM)
EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
2003

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This workshop report summarises presentations and discussion addressing issues such as: how can the learning and social/organisational change function of evaluation best be balanced with the control/accountability function? How can what we learn feed debate and change processes within organisations, among partners and in society at large? What linkages exist between the different levels? How can evidence from evaluations help spur national debate on policy options for development and motivate home-grown change processes?

Learning from work : an opportunity missed or taken?

LUDIN, Jawed
March 2003

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This paper focuses on learning at the project level. It is based on findings from two small surveys carried out by BOND involving NGOs and donor organisations respectively. The first section, Learning Through a Project Cycle, mainly covers the views of BOND member NGOs about the concept of learning as well as whether and how it happens in the context of their day-to-day work. The second section, Learning and Donors, is based largely on the responses of four main donor organisations that took part in the relevant survey. Views of NGOs on the attitude and policies of donors towards learning from project work are also included

Learning in partnerships

BYRNE, Ailish
VINCENT, Robin
May 2004

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Outlines a range of practical steps to strengthen learning between NGOs in the North and South for anyone working in development. Reviews the wider context and influences on trends towards taking learning more seriously in the development sector. Also looks at factors affecting NGO partnerships. Reviews published literature in these areas and links it to issues raised at a workshop of practitioners in 2003

The poverty of partnerships

TAYLOR, James
2002

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Discusses the term 'partnership' and its usage in development agencies. Contends that the term is overused with no regard for the centrality of building truly interdependent relationships to the process of development

The poverty of partnerships

TAYLOR, James
2002

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Discusses the term 'partnership' and its usage in development agencies. Contends that the term is overused with no regard for the centrality of building truly interdependent relationships to the process of development

Journal articles

Making evaluation results count : internalising evidence by learning [whole issue]

ENGEL, Paul
CARLSSON, Charlotte
VAN ZEE, Arin
August 2003

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Evaluations are perceived as learning opportunities and this document looks at some key ideas around how to improve the internalisation of evaluation results at different levels. Explores the relationship between learning and evaluation on three levels: in development policy and programming, in organisations, and in society at large. Considers the various different purposes of evaluation, what is meant by 'learning', and who should be learning. Describes some lessons around creating the conditions for effective learning, evaluation policy and practice, evaluators and professionalism, the need for further research and the value of south-south and south-north exchange.
The paper draws on a workshop called 'How can we learn from what we do? Evaluation and evidence-based communications for development'. There are questions raised within an institutional setting around who should learn, why should they learn and how should they set about it?

Websites

Organisations

Southern African AIDS Training Programme (SAT)

Zimbabwe

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SAT Regional Office
PO Box 390 Kopje
Harare

The Southern African AIDS Training Programme (SAT) is a regional collaboration that supports community responses to HIV and AIDS through in-depth partnerships and wider networking, skills exchange and lesson sharing throughout the region. SAT funding and skills building activities support partners in a wide range of relevant activities - HIV prevention, HIV and AIDS care and support, impact mitigation, networking and information exchange, HIV-related advocacy on gender and human/child rights. SAT partners are operating at community, national and regional levels The SAT Programme is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). SAT is managed from the regional office located in Harare, Zimbabwe