ECBinter-active Conference Series
More than 650 humanitarians, government officials, academics, donors, UN staff and private sector representatives traveled from field programs, national and regional offices, and more than 33 countries to one of five ECBinter-active Regional Learning Conferences hosted in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Horn of Africa, Indonesia and Niger.
Held between November 2011 and February 2012, the Regional Learning Conferences allowed ECB Project agencies to share two and a half years of collaborative work and training experiences in different countries and continents.
Learning workshop sessions focused on the Project’s core themes:
- Accountability and Impact Measurement.
- Disaster Risk Reduction.
- National Staff Development.
Other popular themes included working with local / national government and identifying opportunities for closer coordination on advocacy issues, joint fundraising, working with the private sector, and climate change adaptation.
Delegates made the most of the open dialogue and debate, demonstrating how to use practical tools, telling stories, sharing experiences of successes and challenges and generating ideas for how to work together in the future.
A collection of short films and live blogs (see individual country consortium pages) record the positive engagement and learning shared by participants.
One of the most popular parts of each conference was generating ideas on how to work together, for example:
- Participants at the Bangladesh conference discovered they could engage with the Joint Advocacy Strategy.
- Indonesian delegates shared their experiences of using the Good Enough Guide training materials and approaches.
- ECB consortia members in Niger encouraged non-ECB agencies to share needs assessment data and join future Simulations.
- In Bolivia, and other ECB Project Consortia, participants were invited to Disaster Risk Reduction workshops and to propose candidates for the ENHAnce staff national development program.