Learning Routes Programme for the Asia and the Pacific
The PROCASUR Corporation is a private non-for profit international organisation established in 1996 in Santiago, Chile. PROCASUR aims to provide the technical services and tools to manage knowledge and build capacity for public and private actors engaged in the fight against rural poverty in the developing world. With Headquarters in Latin America, it has three operating regional offices in Latin America, Africa and Asia and the Pacific.
1 Learning Routes: A Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Tool for Rural Development
The Learning Route is a capacity-building tool with a proven track record of successfully integrating local knowledge and experiences, in development with innovation and the best practices from the field, that have scaling-up potential.
The Learning Route is based on the idea that successful solutions to existing problems are already present within rural areas, and that those solutions might be adapted and spread to other contexts.
Over the years and in rural contexts across several continents the Learning Route has shown to be a powerful method to foster capacity-building through peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge and face-to-face interactions.
The Learning Route cycle:
Step 1. Best practices are identified and systematically organised to promote the adoption and scaling-up of innovative processes.
Step 2. People who are successful in their own work are trained to become capacity builders, with their personal experiences as the source of training.
Step 3. Participants in the Route have opportunities to directly gather knowledge from successful experiences in the field. Interest and curiosity arises from the exchanges with “the Champions”, leaders and practitioners of those successful experiences.
Step 4. Finally, when participants return to their organisations they will have the knowledge and tools to innovate and generate results.
2 Learning Routes for Asia and the Pacific: Strengthening Knowledge Sharing Innovative Solutions
Financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the PROCASUR Corporation, the Programme is targeted at rural poor men and women and the technical staff of public and private development projects.
This Progamme is open to work all over the Asia and the Pacific Region.
1.Build human and social capital within rural communities, small farmers' organizations and technical staff of rural development projects, especially the ones financed by IFAD.
2.Promote the scaling-up of best available solutions and innovations in the region to improve development projects performance in their fight against rural poverty.
3.Build up the regional capacity to design and implement Learning Routes for the future.
4.Support and develop local, talented practitioners and champions to become training and technical assistance service providers.
Stakeholders include men and women farmers, ethnic and youth groups, micro-entrepreneurs, small-scale producers and their associations, technical staff and other rural development professionals, central and local government officials and policy makers.
Since 2006, PROCASUR and its partners have implemented over 100 Learning Routes in 25 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia and the Pacific. Have worked directly in the field to find innovative and best practices, and then consolidate them into strategies to strengthen capacities of over 1500 direct users of 40 different nationalities. The network of practitioners ready to implement the Learning Routes, now numbers over 600 champions from 250 organizations and includes rural communities, associations, enterprises, microfinancial institutions, rural development projects and governments.
Main themes of the Learning Routes are:
1. Micro-finance and Information and Communication Technologies
2. Value chains and market access by vulnerable population
3. Community-based strategies for natural resource management
3 Programme components
1. Capitalize local knowledge and strength knowledge managing skills
• Facilitate a selection of three to five main themes to focus on, then select a group of talented rural practitioners and identify 50 of the best in local and national projects sponsored by IFAD and other partners to be systematized. Train local0champions as Learning Route service providers.
• Provide rural development practitioners field training for the scale-up of innovations.
2. Building capacity and creating incentives for local innovation
The Programme will use the local knowledge capitalised to design 18 Learning Routes and will directly train over 360 rural development practitioners.
Each participant in a Learning Route will design an Innovation Plan that adapts the learning acquired to their own settings. Best Innovation Plans will receive fundings and technical support.
3. Developing and disseminating innovation
The Programme will support wide dissemination of learning and innovations of participants through a range of print, audiovisual and electronic media as well through the setup of Communities of Practice..