The CPWF launched the L2i Topic Working Group (TWG) during the Basin Leaders’ meeting in Vientiane in January. The CPWF is a research for development program. At the heart of the program are the six basin development programs which are guided by a Basin Development Challenge. Each basin program consists of 3-4 integrated research for development projects along with a ‘coordination and change project’.
L2i was launched to support the coordination and change projects in each of the basins. It is meant to share lessons in managing research for development projects. This will be for strengthening the coordination and change projects themselves as well as for helping CGIAR and other research programs understand how research for development programs can be better managed and implemented, particularly using adaptive management principles.
It is envisaged as a community of practice where members are the people who are facilitating, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and communicating research towards greater impact. L2i will help link members together to share experience and help each other out. L2i will also be a platform where the results of decentralized experience and experimentation will be brought together to derive broader lessons to guide future action and build theory. Founder members include staff of the Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative and the ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR.
The presentation given by Boru Douthwaite, the L2i Leader, at its launch, is given below: