To assist Resilient Food Systems country projects, the FAO and the SHARED Decision Hub have organised a structured virtual training to build the skills of country teams to enhance policy and institutional engagement - using the Stakeholder Approach to Risk Informed and Evidence Based Decision Making (SHARED) framework and associated tools and methods.
This virtual training is an adaptation of the training that would have been held during the RFS Annual Knowledge and Learning Workshop that was to be hosted in Senegal in February 2020.
While the Resilient Food Systems country projects work in different contexts related to resilience of sustainable agriculture development and natural resource management, all country projects include a fundamental focus on influencing institutional and policy dialogue processes and on enhancing multi-stakeholder frameworks to link state and non-state actors. If done well, these processes can support long term and successful scaling up of innovations and securing strategic investments.
The processes, methods and tools to underpin these activities and achieve successful outcomes are not straightforward. They require country project teams to implement tailored approaches. The good news is – specific tools and best practices exist to support institutional and policy dialogues and multi-stakeholder processes for sustainable agriculture and natural resources management. This training aims to equip the RFS country projects with these to apply in their work.
To assist RFS country teams in strengthening the connection between science, policy and institutions from the national to the local level, FAO has partnered with ICRAF’s Stakeholder Approach to Risk Informed and Evidence Based Decision Making (SHARED) Decision Hub. In July 2020, FAO and SHARED organised a two-part webinar training series to build the skills of country project teams in enhancing policy and institutional engagement.
As a follow up to the training event, FAO and the SHARED team have developed a toolkit to offer further guidance on applying a systematic approach to influencing policies and decisions using the SHARED framework. The toolkit provides easy step-by-step instructions for tailoring various approaches, methods and tools to country project needs. In addition, the toolkit integrates practical examples and lessons learned from RFS implementation gathered during consultations sessions with each of the RFS country teams.
In July 2020, FAO and the SHARED Decision Hub held a series of webinars to build the capacity of RFS country projects in enhancing policy and institutional engagement to achieve project outcomes. The first webinar focused on stakeholder processes and relationships. The presentation provided an overview of how to map stakeholders and assess relationships and levels of influence within a system. This was followed by an overview of how to build strategic partnerships and deepen relationships within the system. A full recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
In July 2020, FAO and the SHARED Decision Hub held a series of webinars to build the capacity of RFS country projects in enhancing policy and institutional engagement to achieve project outcomes. The second webinar focused on integrating evidence into policy processes. The presentation provided an overview of how to navigate power dynamics the key principles of advocacy followed by lessons on how to communicate and integrate evidence into policy processes. A full recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
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