Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

Starting in 2016, the “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project organised a series of training processes with representatives of projects and organisations working in different parts of the world. The steps taken helped validate the approach, with many experiences described and analysed, and many lessons drawn and shared. But the objective of the project was not to train a number of representatives of projects and organisations, nor only to help them complete a capitalization process. Complementing these efforts, we were especially interested in the institutionalization of an experience capitalization approach, and in facilitating a process that would lead to its adoption in projects and organisations. 

The cases captured in this booklet show the steps taken in many of these projects and organisations to support and ensure the adoption of an experience capitalization approach. Working together with their colleagues, those who joined the CTA workshops have become active “champions”: organising their own training sessions, they shared information in different ways, and have shown how others can benefit from the capitalization process. They have helped to create the conditions for experience capitalization to be more widely adopted by their organisations. As a result, there are many new capitalization processes going on, and many more will be taking place in the future – effectively underpinning more accountable and efficient projects in the future and greater progress in rural development.