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Action Learning Process
Dialogic, Creative, Evolutionary
Our action-learning process (ALP) is fundamental to the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Strengthening Program we offer. Action-learning is non-prescriptive, collaborative, dialogic, creative and evolutionary. Through the action-learning process that characterizes all the work in our CSO Strengthening Program, we put the focus on what can be done to get things right ("propositional politics"), as opposed to naming--and shaming--things that are wrong ("oppositional politics").
The main features of action learning, which is often used in leadership development in the private sector, are:
- A small group analyzes and develops solutions to a real organizational problem
- Participants learn from each other as they work on a real problem
- People learn how to ask questions that will bring unstated assumptions to the surface
- People learn about themselves as they work on a problem together
- People are accountable for their decisions and (in most cases) are expected to implement them
- There is a process of analyzing results and learning from experience
These core ideas are used in different ways to stimulate individual learning and to help organizations become more effective.
The action-learning process has proven so successful that it has formed the basis for our work with over twenty organizations in India, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar. A variant of this process is also being used to change how UN country teams work on gender equality.
Peer learning among organizations and individuals is critical to the action-learning process; everyone involved in our workshops is both facilitator and learner.
Benefits of the action-learning process
- We help our partners go beyond rhetoric into action, enabling them to walk the talk
- Gives development NGOs a structure, and a team of resource people, to support learning and change for gender equality within organizations – their programs, planning and processes
- Partners feel empowered to create, own and refine their own change projects
- Change agents learn the art of transforming power, as opposed to seizing it
Coming soon: a downloadable document with more information about our methodologies at the Learning Centre.
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