SDC/NADEL – Winners of the impact award 2017

In order to inspire NGOs to learn from impact evaluations and integrate them into their work, SDC and NADEL have, for the second time, asked Swiss NGOs working in international development to submit proposals for an impact evaluations on their work. We have received proposals from 30 Swiss NGOs partnering with various European research institutions.



swisspeace – Training Newsletter

swisspeace is excited to present our upcoming training opportunities 2017/18 and invites you to have a look at the annual course schedule.

Would you like to train your mediation skills, learn more about religion & conflict or analyse the role of gender in peacebuilding? Contact them, they are happy to provide counseling which course or program suits you best.

All the best,
The swisspeace training team

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socialcops – 8 Steps to Making a great Mobile-Friendly Survey

Writing a survey for a mobile app requires a different strategy than a survey taken with pen and paper or on a desktop computer. Mobile data collection is a completely different experience than standard surveys, and a mobile-friendly survey should reflect that.

[Here] are some strategic and technical elements to consider when designing a survey for a mobile platform.

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Institue of Education – “What’s the use of education?” Nobel Prize-winner Professor Amartya Sen launches IOE Centre for Education and International Development

Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University) launched the UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) on Thursday 15 June.

This new research centre will build on the IOE’s leading contribution to the academic field of education and international development, bringing together a wide range of academics, students, alumni and practitioners working in diverse settings in every continent to address some of the world’s most important challenges.

Professor Sen’s keynote lecture explored the theme “What’s the use of education?” following a day-long symposium at the IOE. The symposium presented CEID members’ current work, drawing on the five key themes that underpin the Centre’s research. Panel talks discussed the relationship between education and conflict, peacebuilding, migration, poverty, wellbeing and gender.

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FiBL Europe – Das führende Forschungsinstitut für biologische Landwirtschaft (FiBL) eröffnete sein neues Büro in Brüssel

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(Brüssel / Frick, 13. Juli 2017)

FiBL Europe, die neue Niederlassung des Forschungsinstituts für biologischen Landbau FiBL in Brüssel, soll als Raum für den aktiven Austausch zwischen dem Biolandbau und den verschiedenen Vertretern und Stakeholdern in Brüssel dienen. „Der biologische Landbau ist zu einer realistischen Alternative für die europäische Landwirtschaft geworden. Wir sind nach Brüssel gekommen, um unsere fundierten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse zu verbreiten und somit den Übergang zu einer nachhaltigeren Landwirtschaft noch besser zu unterstützen“, so Dóra Mészáros, Co-Direktorin des FiBL Europe.

Mit all seinen Niederlassungen ist das FiBL das weltweit grösste Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau. Die vielseitige Expertise und die weitreichenden Forschungskapazitäten ermöglichen es dem FiBL, praktische Lösungen für die Biolandwirtinnen und -landwirte zu erarbeiten sowie einen Beitrag zur Grundlagenforschung im Bereich der nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft zu leisten.

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SDA Bocconi School of Management: Executive Master in Management of International Organizations

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This message is sent on behalf of Michael Emery, Director DHR, UNFPA

Dear Roundtable Colleagues,

I am very pleased to circulate information about the third cohort (2017-18) of the Executive Master in Management of International Organizations led by one of the world’s leading International Business Schools, the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.

The program is addressed to mid and senior level development professionals working for International Organizations (IOs) and those interested in the Multilateral Sector ( who want to obtain a master’s in management while working.

EMMIO merges a solid theoretical component with a hands-on, tailored approach to management systems and tools for IOs and will be taught by distinguished SDA Bocconi faculty members, practitioners and guest lecturers, including senior managers from UN System organizations. This is undoubtedly a really interesting opportunity for high potential professionals within our organizations.

The third cohort, which includes a blending of in situ and remote learning will start in October 2, with early-registrations closing at the end of July, 2017.

Please refer to the attached brochure for more information and feel free to contact Greta Nasi – EMMIO Director

( and Alexander Hiedemann – EMMIO Program Coordinator ( for any additional information.

KM4Dev – June 2017 contributions summary

Below (and attached) you can find a summary of activity of the group for the month of June.

Best regards, Sophie Alvarez

The latest June topic was the one on Communities of Practice, 10 years later. It started with a question about whether there were any fundamentally new insights, methods, approaches when it comes to CoPs ten years later. Some proposed that nothing fundamental has changed- yet everything is different. The main difference is the new ICT- Social Media and other technical developments, however, “an effective COP is a socially emergent group in which people feel included and confident to share ideas…their value is partially in being a think tank and a repository of tacit knowledge and insights…and to co-create together to adapt their collective experiences and knowledge…” Another dilemma discussed was about whether COPs should be „free“ of institutional trappings, and whether “corporate” or more “structured” COPs can be effective. The conversation continues, acknowledging the complementarity and diversity of different forms of CoPs.

Another conversation was about the pros and cons of mainstreaming KM into organizations or institutions. The question came up while discussing the forthcoming Learning from Invisible CoPs: The role of informal actors and relationships in African food systems- KM4Dev 2017 Harare event 25-26 July. One of the contributors finds it useful to distinguish personal KM, organizational KM and societal KM. The latter one is the Knowledge Sharing Society (KSS), whose functions include awareness raising and training and education in IM and KS, and a more ambitious, society wide mainstreaming. Others propose nurturing both mainstreaming and dedicated approaches, also KM at project level and efforts at strategic program levels. Mainstreaming should mean awareness and a culture of sharing and incentives, not a forced implementation of KS. In the same vein, “embedding” rather than mainstreaming was suggested, since by embedding, KM becomes a part of how things are done rather than a distinct activity with its own staff.

One of our colleagues, in trying to put together a staff directory for her department, asked for advice for having a web-based directory with basic information from each staff member, their picture, bio, position, and areas of knowledge/skills/languages (tick boxes), all searchable. It was suggested that she include areas/skills interested in learning, for future peer learning or other learning/human resource development events. Some of the ideas for setting up the directory were:

  • Awesome Table to create a web based, searchable people directory, with Google Forms to collect data – or for users to update their existing profiles.
  • The Drupal Commons People Directory, which includes the ability to follow people, Facebook-style status updates, etc. and the full flexibility of Drupal.
  • BuddyPress (based on WordPress).
  • Linked In Lookup , most of the content is already there, it’s just a question of creating the team. The platform is high tech and powerful, and people have an incentive to keep their profile up to date.

A few participants shared their experience and information on using WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, Signal, or other messaging apps in projects. Two shared information resources: one around the benefits of using whatsapp (in the context of working with large groups), and a report on how humanitarian organisations are using ten of the most popular messaging apps, with case studies, comparisons of technical specifications, and a section on information security. Others narrate their experiences and ideas, like that the most powerful thing happens when participants pick platforms to use and do the things that need doing from their perspective, that having a WhatsApp group can be transformational, and since many have access already to the technology, Whatsapp is a convenient platform.

What are the emerging trends in knowledge management 2017 that will influence, guide and support our work? A member asked the community for summaries, links, hints, or thoughts to share. Some of the resources shared were:

Some trends mentioned:

  • M&E of KM strategies and activities
  • Moving further away from ‘KM’ as a field unto its own (and rather dipping further into innovation, social learning, engagement, big data, AI etc.)
  • The backlash on the social web
  • More and more emphasis on storytelling, as high quality human filtering approach
  • Driving towards the combination of ultra-sophisticated data grinding on the one hand and human facilitation on the other hand

We had the KM4Dev Online Open Space, for a full report and updates visit the link. Only some of the sessions were reported on here:  Euforic´s offering of the first KM4Dev Online Open Space, and KM4Dev in Berlin.

On the thread of Measuring KM – GHKC M&E Case Example Series, the USAID’s flagship knowledge management project, Knowledge for Health (K4Health), has developed a specific process that can help health and development practitioners implement KM from start to finish. Sharing some publicly available KM strategies at the organizational and project level:

Some other resources shared in different threads:

Discover the new IAF Methods Database: Don’t take our word for it – try it out for yourself

ISKO SG – Governance Extravaganza! Enjoy this collection of videos and writings around KM and KO governance.

The age of thoughtlessness, playing God in the lab, and photography as activism at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Knowledge as a banyan tree, how bullying in hospitals harms patients, and Harlem’s synchronised swimming team for seniors

Vacancy: Knowledge management consultant, Child Marriage, UNICEF

Events shared:

Invitation: 37th Lausanne SKMF Roundtable, June 22, 2017

Offer of the online SALT programme for facilitation, community engagement and participatory evaluation

11th Conference Community Based Adaptation (CBA11) on Climate Change

Webinar on Foresight in Agriculture: Who is involved in „foresight“?

ISKO-UK conference „Knowledge organisation: what’s the story?“


NZZ – Schweizer Berufslehre in Afrika : Wie ein Schweizer in Senegal eine Schreinerei aufbaut – und was ihm dabei widerfährt

Ein Schweizer betreibt im Süden Senegals eine Schreinerei – und setzt dabei auf das Schweizer System der Berufslehre. Dabei trifft er auf viele Schwierigkeiten.

Vor knapp vier Jahren hat Kurt Koch eine Schreinereischule in Senegal eröffnet. Die Ausbildungsstätte orientiert sich am Schweizer System der Berufslehre und kombiniert Theorie mit Praxis. Das ist etwas, was die senegalesische Regierung gegenwärtig propagiert, aber noch kaum jemand praktiziert.

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