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The Turin Learning Link

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Background

The Turin Learning Link promotes the alignment of international efforts on capacity development by creating a venue for participatory exploration of the knowledge contained within the extended community of development training and learning institutes. The first edition of the Learning Link took place in December 2009, conceived as an expression of institutional commitment to the common agenda for training and capacity building outlined in the Berlin Statement on International Development Training (June 2008). The second edition took place in April 2011.

Objectives

The unique programme engaged development training and learning institutes and key partners in joint learning to encourage the individual action, institutional effectiveness and international results of development training and learning practices. The three primary objectives of the Learning Link are listed below.

·         Foster a community of practice among development training and learning partners, including national and regional organizations, current or possible future centres of excellence, and international organizations engaged in the delivery and support of development learning. There will be a particular focus on cultivating ongoing knowledge exchange, developing joint and complementary work and engaging capacity development networks to enrich and enlarge the community of practice.

·         Harmonize and align practices among development training and learning partners. Advance competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) related to operational effectiveness of training and learning by reaching a consensus on key principles and by identifying promising practices for needs assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of capacity development learning programmes.

·         Promote planning and implementation of actions required to improve the results of capacity development and learning programmes. Strategies, next steps and actions will be planned and drafted to overcome various challenges to operational effectiveness and meaningful results. Participants will learn to adopt and adapt existing solutions to meet their needs.

Themes

 

2011 Themes included:

Theme 1: South-South and Triangular Cooperation,

Theme 2: Private Sector Participation

Theme 3: The MDGs towards 2015.

 

2009 Themes included:

Theme 1: Strengthening partnerships to enhance effectiveness

This thematic area focused on the operational aspects of creating, sustaining and sharing the knowledge generated in and around development training and learning networks. Sessions sought to strengthen the structure of the community of practice to facilitate networking, peer learning, resource sharing, joint work, and partnerships. Such knowledge exchange and links created alliances among development training and learning institutes, connected to the ongoing work of complementary networks, and united international, regional, and bilateral agencies that support learning and capacity development programmes.

Theme 2: Aligning programmes for capacity development

This theme focused on some practical aspects of the challenges posed to progress on the alignment agenda in accordance with recommendations from the Paris, Accra, Berlin and Washington high level fora, and other resources.  Specifically this theme looked at three key areas of alignment, namely, how the contribution of training and learning practices can be framed and aligned within capacity development at the conceptual level; the importance to alignment of understanding the values, political economy and other variables that exist in any given capacity development context; and, ways of ensuring that new initiatives align with existing practices.

Theme 3: Utilizing technology to maximize learning

This component addressed innovations and the use of technology in the design and implementation of learning programmes for capacity development. Topics included interactive learning tools, technology supported training, online collaboration for improved effectiveness, and practical approaches for enhancing the use of technology, including mobile learning, in a development context.

Theme 4: Designing and implementing effective learning programmes

The topics under this theme primarily addressed standards and guidelines that exist to orient the design, development and implementation of training and learning programmes for capacity development. Best practices and case studies were provided as examples that could be adapted and adopted for multiple contexts. Particular emphasis fell on the processes of accessing needs, implementing innovative learner support strategies and showcasing practical guides and existing tools for managing the training and learning cycle.

Theme 5: Results management to improve the impact of learning programmes

This component focused on metrics for the management of learning results during stages of the capacity development cycle, from needs assessment to evaluation, incorporating links to the other themes. Promising tools, practices, and approaches were covered in the context of consensus building on results management principles across networks and partners. Topics such as exploring alternative assessments, impact evaluation, and results management frameworks were examined.

Agenda

Session objectives have included completing an inclusive network mapping exercise; conducting better training needs analyses; establishing quality standards for in-country implementation; sharing best practices on training and learning impact assessments; and improving results management of capacity development programmes. The specific content areas were based on several phases of international consultation, including a training needs survey, to ensure a demand driven event.

 

Contributors

The week long programmes for 2009 and 2011 were designed in collaboration with many diverse partners to create an agenda that was inclusive, engaging and action oriented.

In addition to the event host, International Training Centre of the ILO, the 2009 steering committee included InWEnt – Capacity Building International and the European Training Foundation (ETF). Key contributors included the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Centre of Excellence in Finance (CEF), VBNK, the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD), the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Danida Fellowship Centre, and the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). The 2011 Committee included the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and InWEnt of Germany.

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