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Review of CoP-MfDR Pilot Phase. Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned. Third International Roundtable on Managing for Development Results Hanoi, Vietnam February 5-8, 2007. Objectives.

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Review of cop mfdr pilot phase

Review of CoP-MfDR Pilot Phase

Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned

Third International Roundtable on Managing for Development Results

Hanoi, Vietnam February 5-8, 2007


To share the experience of pilot operation of CoP-MfDR in terms of achievements, progress, issues and challenges

To share and discuss the lessons learned for replication and scale-up in other regions

Introduction of cop
Introduction of CoP

The “community of practice” is a particular type of network that features peer-to-peer collaborative activities to build member skills as well as organizational and societal capabilities.

Organizations and researchers use a variety of terms to describe similar phenomena, such as “learning networks,” “knowledge communities,” “competency net-works,” “thematic groups,” etc.

The essential features of CoP-MfDR are:






Peer to Peer


Background of cop mfdr
Background of CoP-MfDR

Launched in March 2006 with the vision:

‘To contribute to the enhancement of sustainable capacity for results management among countries in Asia and the Pacific’.

with main focus:

To establish the mutual trust among members, sharing their ideas, and experiences through informal discussions.

with key practices thru VLN:

First such kind of effort (virtual learning network) in developing countries with different languages and different development stages and is totally a new concept and a challenging initiative.

Cop mfdr structure key functions
CoP-MfDR Structure & Key Functions

Four layered structure:

Coordinating Committee [5]

Core group members [30]

MfDR experts and donor/partners [20]

Peripheral members [100]

Commitment to contribute towards three key outcomes:

Improved institutional coordination and cooperation of planning, budgeting and implementing agencies within governments;

Enhanced capacity development thru sharing good practices and information on MfDR,

Improved awareness-raising and country ownership thru deepened understanding of MfDR principles and practices.

Progress key activities vln operation

Interim Coordination Committee (ICC) meetings

Online discussions

Expert-led discussion 4 topics

On-line postings and comments 100 entries

National/sectoral, project, 20 papers

& civil society

CoP members contributed 20 papers

on three MfDR themes

Other key online activities

Monthly email newsletters

CoP members Q & A

CoP-MfDR Library with Members’ Collection and Country Folders

MfDR Resource Center (250 files)

MfDR Sourcebook translation

Progress & Key ActivitiesVLN Operation

Advantages of the cop format
Advantages of the CoP Format


Voluntary vs compulsory

Developing countries’ voice

Working level practitioners’ voice

Both mid-income and low-income developing countries


Build relationship & trust

Learning experiences


On-going vs single time activity

Flexible vs time-bound


Free expression

Personal opinions vs official capacity

Informal vs informal

Information sharing

Resources—toolkits, reports, case studies etc

On-line library


Issues and challenges
Issues and Challenges:

Virtual Learning Network

Relevance of topics / focus:

Language barrier

“Online fatigue”

CoP Library needs improvement

Technical / access / website problems

Face-to-face events

Build and maintain mutual trust

Focus on implementation on the ground

To serve as milestones of online discussions

Format (training, study tours, workshops)

Frequency and size

Demand-driven topic selection

Incentives for participation

Proper scheduling of online activities

Address language problem

Country-based CoPs in native language

Address technical problems

Scaling up of CoP

Develop country-based or network-based CoPs (core group members are focal points)

Publish CoP member contributions

Link with other MfDR or similar networks

Sustainable financing

Co-financing from other development partners

Development partners reflect and respond to the voice of the CoP

Lessons Learned