Translating new knowledge and innovation into policies and approaches

A one-year NUFFIC-funded capacity building programme between CDI and LI-BIRD (Nepal) was launched in January 2014 with a visit of the LI-BIRD management team to Wageningen.

This visit was crucial to embed the planned activities within the overall ambition of the organisation: an important step in institutional change.

By starting with a strategic workshop with LI-BIRD senior management staff, CDI wanted to ensure that their training design ideas are in line with the needs of LI-BIRD. Together with the management staff they planned a training needs assessment as a basis for the first training. Furthermore CDI worked in a participatory way to allow a much as possible the sharing of experiences of the trainees and their questions and challenges to be addressed.

Sustainable management of renewable natural resources

During the coaching trajectory there was further possibility to support the participants with new emerging questions and challenges and connect with their specific needs. This then also informed the design of the curriculum of the second training.

The aim of the programme is to support an emerging training wing of the organisation, capable of designing and delivering demand-driven and cost-effective training programmes. These programmes are to be tailored to the needs and means of LI-BIRD’s partners and target groups towards sustainable management of renewable natural resources and innovation and development in agriculture for greater food security in Nepal.

The first staff training in Nepal

LI-BIRD stands for 'Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development'. Over the years the organisation has created a wealth of agricultural innovations, but indicated that it is lacking the expertise to translate this knowledge into targeted capacity development trajectories, such as short course programmes. For this reason the first training in February focused on strengthening the ability of staff to design, deliver and support short courses for mid-career professionals. They learnt to design curricula that are characterised by being practical, experiential, interactive, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented in direct response to learning demands from relevant stakeholders. After this training five different teams continued working on five new training courses to be implemented by LI-BIRD in the near future.

Strategic collaboration between Li-Bird and CDI

In March three other staff members came to Wageningen as an internship to learn about course programme support during one of CDI’s regular courses. In April a second (refresher/validation) training will be conducted in Nepal for LI-BIRD staff, followed by a reflection seminar to document good practices and to look beyond this programme for further strategic collaboration between LI-BIRD and CDI.