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Resource centres catalyse learning in the sector

Published on: 27/12/2013

Resource centres and their networks have a role to play in building the capacity of sector players to continually innovate, evolve and adapt—based on evidence. A learning and adaptive sector is critical for delivering sustainable services.

A learning and adaptive sector engages in continual learning and reflection and is able to adapt to changing circumstances and demands. Building a learning sector with the capacity to continually innovate, evolve and adapt—based on evidence—is a must for delivering sustainable services.

Learning and adaptive management require information and knowledge flows throughout the sector, including sound monitoring data and documentation of local innovations, mechanisms and opportunities for joint reflection, sharing of experience and generation of new knowledge and up-to-date and accessible information repositories.

WASH resource centre networks are groups of WASH organisations that act as knowledge brokers and learning facilitators. Since the 1990s, IRC has built the capacities of resource centres to fulfil their role both as knowledge and information brokers and as facilitators of sector change. 

This paper presents lessons learnt on improving learning in the WASH sector through resource centre networks in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras, Nepal and Uganda between 2009 and 2012.