Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global Recognition

Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global Recognition
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – SWATI DOGRA, RESOURCE PERSON, DECENTRALIZATION COMMUNITY, SOLUTION EXCHANGE; JAI GAURAV, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY, SOLUTION EXCHANGE; RAMESH JALAN, RESOURCE PERSON & MODERATOR, CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY, SOLUTION EXCHANGE; CAITLIN WIESEN, RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE AI. AND COUNTRY DIRECTOR, UNDP, ALEXANDRA SOLOVIEVA, DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR (PROGRAMMES, UNDP INDIA; NAVIN ANAND, RESOURCE PERSON & MODERATOR, MICROFINANCE COMMUNITY, SOLUTION EXCHANGE; AND G. PADMANABHAN, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE, DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT, UNDP India

The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.

Highlights

  • The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum that concluded in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.
  • Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange provides an impartial platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas amongst members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners and government across 10 communities of practice (COP).
  • UNDP hosts and financially supports the largest number of Solution Exchange COPs. These focus on Climate Change, Microfinance, Decentralization, and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Solution Exchange has become an important means of requesting for inputs on significant policy matters.

The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.

Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange provides an impartial platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas amongst members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners and government across 10 communities of practice (COP). Thousands of development professionals connect to apply their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm towards the common objective of finding lasting solutions to development challenges.

UNDP hosts and financially supports the largest number of Solution Exchange COPs. These focus on Climate Change, Microfinance, Decentralization, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Widely acknowledged as a best practice in knowledge management, Solution Exchange has been expanded to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Philippines, Russia and the Pacific region.

According to Caitlin Wiesen, Resident Representative ai. and Country Director, UNDP, “Solution Exchange has enabled us to effectively move beyond national boundaries and sectoral divides, to offer fresh perspectives on development challenges by analyzing, adapting and applying solutions built on the lessons learnt through an extensive and diverse community of practitioners.”

Solution Exchange has become an important means of requesting for inputs on significant policy matters. During the 12th Plan formulation process, members of the Planning Commission solicited responses from the network members on the priorities of the 12th Five-Year Plan. It has helped Ministries generate feedback on their policy design and strategic thinking such as the Ministry of Panchayati Raj’s National Capacity Building Framework aimed at guiding states on strengthening local self- governance. A query posted by the Chairman of the Planning Commission working group on the National Rural Livelihoods Mission on greening the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, helped identify best practices and innovations in the implementation of the programme in an environmentally sustainable way.

In addition, through the Gender COP, UNDP supported two key policy consultations on Sexual Harassment and on Gender issue in the Microfinance Bill that provided a knowledge platform to advocate with the policy makers. The recommendations emerging from the consultation on the Sexual Harassment Bill were shared with the National Commission for Women and are reflected in the recommendations of the report of the Parliamentary committee.

As the Award citation notes, “Developed and managed by the UN in India since 2005 the Solution Exchange occupies a unique niche in India’s development scene as it brings together large numbers of development practitioners, researchers, policy makers and private sector organizations.” Over 70,000 people voted in this year’s EWorld Award for 82 projects across 13 categories.

Caitlin Wiesen - eWF 2012- Inaugural Session



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Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange (SE) is a unique initiative by the United Nations in India that provides an impartial platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas among 33,000 (and growing!) development practitioners across 13 thematic areas (Communities of Practice - COPs).

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Community of Practices


 Disaster Management



 Maternal and Child Health



 Gender



 Water



 Work and Employment



 Food and Nutrition Security



 Microfinance



 Climate Change



 AIDS



 Decentralization



 ICT for Development



 Education


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