• Jun 11, 2019

The Art of Knowledge Exchange: a new, practical roadmap for climate finance practitioners

CIF Action 

Knowledge is the sum of ideas and understanding about our experiences. It’s about our capacity to grow and evolve, applying what we’ve learned to be better. And it’s a vital part of our collective efforts to fight climate change.

Practitioners need opportunities to exchange crucial knowledge and ensure their interventions have maximal impact—and just as importantly, course-correct where necessary. CIF has been a leader in facilitating knowledge exchange, bringing together government actors, local communities, multilateral finance institutions and other stakeholders to share ideas on adaptation and resilience, sustainable forest management, adopting clean energy technology and advancing energy access for all. At the global level, CIF has convened diverse groups of climate practitioners to develop frameworks and share perspectives, through initiatives like the Transformational Change Learning Partnership.

To highlight the critical role of knowledge exchange in disseminating good practices and effective responses to climate change, CIF is proud to launch The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Climate Change Practitioners. The guidebook offers a practical, step-by-step roadmap with illustrative examples on how to design, implement, and measure progress on knowledge exchange initiatives at the national, regional, and global levels.

Some of its key features include:

  • Case studies and examples of successful knowledge exchange initiatives in clean technologies, climate resilience, energy access, and sustainable forests. These include specific CIF examples such as SREP learning events that encourage countries to share lessons learned; PPCR’s Regional Dialogue and Knowledge Exchange initiative; and peer-to-peer learning on practical issues through FIP’s Pilot Countries Meetings.   
  • Reflections from the field: the guidebook shares the experiences of CIF, multilateral development banks, knowledge professionals, government officials, and other international and development practitioners who have successfully integrated knowledge exchange as a part of a larger change process. Rafael Ben, Energy Specialist at CIF shares an example of how knowledge exchanges can address challenges in the field: “Given that a very similar group of countries attended the events seeking to develop mini-grids at scale, listening to more experienced colleagues who had either solved the challenge or were facing similar challenges, gave them the opportunity to avoid pitfalls and follow the best route for their country.”
  • An extensive toolbox with brief descriptions, practical how-tos and case examples for concrete ways to facilitate engagement such as action learning events, study tours, knowledge fairs, knowledge cafés, workshops, competitions, and communities of practice.  
  • The guidebook is also accessible through the Zappar mobile app.

While all climate practitioners could use this informative guide, it is particularly relevant for those that connect and facilitate engagements between knowledge seekers and knowledge providers. With the climate crisis at a breaking point, it has never been more important to apply our knowledge on effective climate actions to enhance the impact and ensure the sustainability of our investments. 

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Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Climate Change Practitioners