Communities of practice and thematic networks in international development

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Original Message

From: Nancy White, posted on 2009/12/18

Hi all

I'm working on one of FAO's IMARK modules on communities and networks and I would love to diversify my set of stories and examples of successful communities of practice and thematic networks in any area of international development. I'm particularly interested in examples where there is a web page I can point to, networks in English, French or Spanish. I find I tend to reuse the same ones over and over again and I'd really like to profile a nice rich range.

In the example you offer, if you know, I'd be interested in the following:

  • focus or domain of the group
    • Is it a closed or open group
    • how does it define itself (or point me to page/URL)
    • is it organizationally sponsored
    • size
    • how long it has been around
    • status (thriving, starting, dying, etc.)

I'll be forever grateful and include you in the credits! :-)




All replies in full are available in the discussion page. Contributions received with thanks from:

Nancy White
Loe Schout
Jaap Pels
Meghendra Banerjee
Grant Ballard-Tremeer
Charles Dhewa
Yorsaon Christophe Hien
Neil Pakenham-Walsh
John David Smith
Ana Maria Ponce
Satish Vangal
Brad Hinton

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