The Value of Peer Learning Initiatives in Public Sector Reform

Open Space 7
October 8, 14:00 – 15:30, Venue: Neue Mälzerei/Kuppelsaal Süd
Language: English


Jennifer Moreau, Advisor, Sector Programme Good Financial Governance, seconded to the OECD

The objective of this workshop is to discuss how ‘peer learning’ can effectively support governance and public sector reform efforts.
During the workshop, the speakers will present and discuss the findings of a research on the role of peer learning in support of governance and public sector reform programmes (carried out by the EIP). Speakers and participants will also share their experiences related to peer learning (including the OECD Knowledge Sharing Alliances, Peer-to-Peer Learning Alliances on Public Sector Reform, etc.). Finally, The workshop will be an opportunity to present a concrete peer learning product: the OECD Governance Practitioner’s Note book: Alternative Ideas and Approaches (developed by peer practitioners with aim of guiding a fictional governance advisor, Lucy).

1-3 issues and content
There is a growing awareness that effective and sustainable development solutions emerge when those actually supporting development discover new ideas and adapt them to their context.

Peer learning is one tool/methodology for partner countries to discover new ideas from other countries and to transfer knowledge to other countries (Northern and Southern countries). Peer learning has also been identified as a tool for the SDG review mechanism (in particular for SDG 16).

Peer learning has already been used in regional and global networks, in different ways and using different methods. But what makes peer learning successful? The EIP review for example shows that peer learning is seldom achieved in a one-off event, but over time.

GIZ as well as other agencies are facilitating peer learning initiatives: what is GIZ experience so far and what are the aspects to take into account in order to support successful peer learning and knowledge transfer? Speakers and participants would be invited to share their experiences, lessons learnt and advice.

Relevance to the sector day’s key topic
Peer learning is an interesting tool/methodology to support partnership-based action between industrialised nations, emerging economies and developing countries. Peer learning can be seen as an opportunity to generate and share knowledge internationally.

Practical relevance for our governance services
Peer learning is a tool/methodology to promote knowledge sharing ‘on equal footing’ and can be used in the framework of regional- and global learning platforms, South-South or triangular cooperation. Peer learning can be facilitated by GIZ governance advisors in the framework of their programmes and networks. Challenging questions are: how to identify peer and their mutual interest in complex topics? How to design the process of joint learning? Do the facilitators practice institutional learning as well?

Relevance for other projects
Peer learning is a tool/methodology that can be used by governance advisors, but also by advisors working in other sectors. Many findings of the research are also relevant to GIZ colleagues working in other sectors. Peer learning requires a change of institutional mind-sets, mutual respect and trust in the knowledge that can be provided by all participants at global and local level.

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