December 24, 2010

DOCUMENTATION OF FIELD EXPERIENCES

In the recent past, much has been said and written about the need to document the experiences of the many different development initiatives taking place all over the world, and thus learn from the successes and failures. Unfortunately, it is rare that time and effort is put into organizing, analyzing and documenting experiences, for various reasons. One of the major difficulties related to this aim has been, and remains, the lack of documentation of practical field activities taking place at community level.
Documentation of field experiences is very important as it enables sharing/cross learning process making it possible for practitioners to see their own project or experience from another perspective. This process makes it possible for those involved to look in detail at what is being done and to reflect critically on what is being achieved. This in return makes it possible to build on the positive results, draw lessons that greatly inform current and future programming leading to more effective interventions and efficient skills and resource utilization.
The reality on the ground is such that there is very scanty information or even in some cases no documentation and as such every other development agency/facilitator begins from an empty plate, this results into duplication of efforts and inappropriate use of resources. 

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