Learning Days

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Submitted by anna on Wed, 2006-11-22 10:33.

During the final year of the BDO in 2004, all meetings became two-day events, with the first day focusing on reporting and the second on learning. Learning Days build on the core work areas of BCO members and draw on the expertise and experience of the group in order to harness synergies and capitalise on collaboration.

Building on a Comparative Advantage

BCO Learning Days focus on topics that maximise partners’ learning needs and their ability to innovate within their organisaitons and the wider environment. Less emphasis is placed on topics that are high profile or well-timed relative to international events. Quality learning is rooted in partner activities and southern experiences – and, as such, build on a form of BCO comparative advantage.

BCO is conscious not to reinvent the wheel or to replicate existing learning, but be selective in what the group has to offer.

Target Audience

This differs in each learning session, depending on the topic. It may be geared towards practitioners, policy-makers or local desks of bilateral agencies.

Participation in a Learning Session

For each of the learning sessions, wider expertise beyond the BCO Alliance membership is invited to share their expertise. BCO partners draw on their largely southern networks to share their experiences and on-going activities as related to the topic at hand.

Learning Days So Far

  • ICTs and Climate Change, 19 December 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • BCO Meets SDC – Integrating ICT into Development Initiatives and Processes, September 2007, Bern, Switzerland
  • Social Networking Tools, February 2007, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Showcasing DGIS-Funded Work, August 2006, The Hague, Netherlands
  • MDG and ICTs/Media, January 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Poverty Reduction Support Programme (PRSP), July 2005, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Mapping BCO Impact, January 2005, London, UK