As we are settling back in after the Washington meetings I want to get back on an idea of a work stream of joined work that we could undertake together. I had a chance to discuss this idea with some of you bilaterally and it seems there would be support for a more concerted effort for this. This is an invitation to join forces. Ideas and engagement are welcome. I have set up a working group on this site where those interested could converge and exchange.
The CD learning week in Turin is a next opportunity to converge and the topic that we discussed in a mall group "Alignment and using country systems, quality standards for supporting CD" actually nicely ties in with a more strategic perspective on coming out with a solid guidance note, for instance, a Good Practice Paper to eventually be adopted by the OECD/DAC and with helpful recommendations for the 2011 HLF.
In a nutshell the learning journey could go as follow:
Phase 1: Framing the issue and sharpening worlplan at Turin Learning week
- Starting now/September 2010: Use the dynamic for the Turin event to prepare the topic above be forming a working group, developing a resource corner, and framing the issues.
- 7-11 Nov 2009: At the Turin learning week itself we could envisage a series of intense workshops to discuss the issues and shape a strategy to develop some solid guidance to feed eventually into the HLF and a guidance note
Phase 2: Knowledge Fair, country level reflection and Colombia HLF May 2009
Leading up to the Colombia HLF planned for May 2009 conduct
a) a virtual knowledge fair to leverage experiences on quality support to CD. We are currently working on a methodology with the Impact Alliance that will also serve for the November forum and other conferences. We are applying this already for a knowledge fair that will feed into the UNDP organized HLF on “Capacity IS Development” 9-11 November 2009. Happy to share more eventually
b) a number of country level learning events to reflect on the issue of CD support, (incl.South-South, training & alternatives, learning, TC, ...) The importance of having such reflecting with the stakeholders on country level was also underlined in the video-link mentioned above.
At the Colombia HLF in May 2010, LenCD could then offer a physical knowledge fair around "Quality standards and good practice in support to country-owned CD processes". We are in contact with our Colombia colleagues to see what makes most sense.
Phase 3: Draft guidance note and further vetting and validation
- mid 2010 we should be able to distill a first draft of a guidance note that could be vetted through virtual and physical processes, including the 2010 and 2011 WBI/InWent meetings and ILO Learning weeks, which are planned as annual events.
Phase 4: Recommendation for 2011 HLF and OECD/DAC good practice paper
By early 2011 we should then have a fairly solid draft of a Good Practice Paper that may eventually get adopted by the OECD/DAC as one way to get more concrete on the 2006 guidance.
- For the HLF 2011 preparation there should then equally be some concrete recommendations that can move the commitments onto a higher level.
This is the proposal in a nutshell. From LenCD side we would be happy to collaborate with those interest and help facilitate a legitimate process leading to some solid good practice guidance in a couple of years.
If there are a hand full of agencies that are interested to join forces this should become an exciting joined work stream.
Looking forward to here from you. Thomas