Learn and adapt to accelerate action: Translating learning to transformational change in the Commonwealth during Commonwealth Learning Week.
As the world continues to grapple with the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, the Commonwealth Secretariat is adapting rapidly to new pressures, while maintaining efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This builds on the Secretariat’s ongoing reform process, which includes an organisation-wide digital transformation and an enhanced approach to monitoring and evaluation.
In April 2021, the Secretariat will host a Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week to reflect on the lessons learned over the past ten years in terms of organisational strategy, and how it can enhance its role as an effective global partner for the 2030 Agenda, in the face of multiple global crises.
Specifically, the week is intended to:
- Highlight, share and discuss lessons and evidence towards more impactful programmes and actions;
- Reflect on progress in national monitoring, evaluation and learning systems with a view to identifying enablers for evidence-informed policies and planning;
- Facilitate peer engagements among stakeholders, staff and partners representing diverse professional, political and academic experiences and expertise to bridge the gap between lessons and learning for addressing the SDG implementation deficit; and
- Challenge the Commonwealth community to learn, innovate and accelerate actions towards the 2030 SDGs.
The outcomes will support the development of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s new strategic plan, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in June 2021.
- Day 1: A decade of learning 2010-2020
- Discussions will look at the Commonwealth journey over the past decade, including a deeper look at the challenges, triumphs and lessons of 2020/2021.
- Day 2: Learn and adapt
- Sessions will focus on the Commonwealth Secretariat’s learning. Presentations will cover results realised, lessons learnt, outstanding gaps and opportunities for accelerating actions and building partnerships.
- Day 3: Accelerating impact
- The focus will be on the future and the Commonwealth’s strategic thrust for the next ten years – aligning with the global agenda to accelerate actions and impact towards the SDGs.
This year’s event continues the strategic intent set at the inaugural Commonwealth Evaluation and Learning Week held in 2019.
Who should attend?
This event is open by invitation to representatives of Commonwealth member governments as well as members of accredited organisations, development institutions, academic institutions, multilateral and regional organisations, and other relevant partners and associations.
Register your interest
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