The international development community has pursued these goals for decades with a lack of visible impact, and not for want of trying.
Why have these goals been so elusive? Perhaps because most efforts to reach them have been designed and orchestrated from the top down. This blog is different. We started in the field, where practitioners are searching for practical knowledge, seeking new ways to collaborate, and testing new approaches, and are building the conversation from there.
Our goal in this demand=driven forum is to create connective tissue across the development ecosystem so that its full potential can be realized. We empower practitioners through our mission of building and strengthening online and offline knowledge networks in ways that tap their knowledge, preserve it, and put it to practical use.
This site is a hub for knowledge sharing. The blogs that you see here are complemented by an online Q&A platform that enables users to post questions and answers, tag topics, rate content, and collaborate to solve problems. The site is democratic in spirit and user-driven. Content currently on the site encompasses sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change and natural resource management, and will be expanded to cover related themes that influence development practice as the community demands. InfoSpring also has a built-in translation feature for 60 languages.
Country networks are designed to extend the reach of this conversation to practitioners who work primarily or exclusively offline. Important knowledge related to development program design, implementation and evaluation typically remains in the field. We hope to amplify the voices from the field and bring this valuable asset to the global development practitioner community. Our first country network was formed in Liberia, and a second one is being launched in Kenya. Country networks activities will take shape around informal, open-invitation practitioner sessions to build person-to-person networks with a culture of candor, shared learning, and practical problem solving.