SDC face to face events bring practitioners and experts physically together. During one week the DDLG Network discusses new approaches and their practical application. So what does it mean to participate in such an event? What do participants expect from the interaction with colleagues? What kind of learning set-ups do they appreciate? What do they learn? What is their learning journey?
The reporting team has interviewed 4 participants throughout the workshop to document their learning journeys: 2 SDC colleagues working in the field, 1 colleague from SDC headquarters, 1 SDC project partner.
At the start of the f2f event, participants tell us about their first impressions and their expectations for the workshop:
We are in the middle of the learning process. Participants have been introduced to understand their governance projects within the greater politico-economic system, including national parliaments and other (sometimes less visible but influential) actors. During group discussions and a field visits participants had the opportunity to understand these concepts on a practical level.
And the learning journey of our 4 heroes? Are their expectations being met? What workshop aspects do they appreciate the most? Where do they stand in regard to their personal learning journey?
The f2f event is over. The last two days introduced the participants to fiscal decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal transfer schemes. The latter particular being rather technical but highly important within the national governance system.
With so much input, what do the participants take home? It is not easy to make the step from a stimulating workshop to program reality. So let’s ask our interviewees: What did they appreciate about the workshop the most? And which new ideas would they like to implement once back in office?