“Experience capitalization” refers to a process through which an experience is identified, validated and documented, leading to learning and identification of good practices which can then be adapted, improved, adopted by others and up-scaled, leading to a greater impact.
Thus, Experience Capitalization is a process by which “an experience” in general or within the context of a specific project or programme is described and analyzed, and from which lessons are identified, shared and used to improve development interventions.
The Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development project is a new project launched in 2016 aiming to build the capacities of organisations with tools, skills and methods to plan and implement the experience capitalization process in their work.
The project is implemented by the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and is financially supported through a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The project aims to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalization process in rural development initiatives, where it can be used to improve the analysis, documentation, sharing and the adoption and use of lessons and good practices. Through these interventions, the project is set to achieve its mission through to ensure long-term sustainability and impact in development.
These web pages, although initially focused on the implementation of the IFAD-funded project, proposes to host resources, case studies, lessons learnt and good practices related to Experience Capitalization and knowledge management for agricultural and rural development for the benefit of a wider community of practice.