International Partners Meeting 2009 - Nepal

The 2009 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) will take place on 8-11 May in Pokhara, Nepal. It will allow participants to visit cases of Participatory Innovation Development (PID) in the field and to share and learn on the basis of concrete experiences of the Country Platforms (CPs). The workshop will be hosted by the Prolinnova -Nepal National Steering Committee , which has entrusted the actual hosting to the non-governmental organisation that coordinates the multi-stakeholder Prolinnova activities in Nepal, LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development) based in Pokhara. The International Secretariat of the Global Partnership Programme at ETC EcoCulture, Leusden, Netherlands , is responsible for facilitation of the IPW. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Silang, Philippines, will coordinate the documentation. These organisations within the Prolinnova International Support Team (IST) are preparing and organising the event in close collaboration with the Nepalese hosts and the other CPs.

 
The IPW 2009 will take place immediately after the Nepalese Farmers Innovation Fair (1–4 May 2009) and the Innovation Asia-Pacific Symposium (IAPS, 4–7 May 2009), both of which will be held in Kathmandu. The IAPS is being organised jointly by LI-BIRD and Practical Action from Prolinnova–Nepal and by ICIMOD, CIAT-Asia and the Prolinnova International Secretariat with primary funding support from Research Into Use (RIU) in the UK and additional funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada and the organising partners (for more information, see: www.innovation-asia-pacific.net). 
 
The IPW 2009 will be shorter and smaller than the usual annual meetings of programme partners. Invited participants include one person each from the CPs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and one person from the regional programme in the Andes. Some members of the International Support Team will take part, as well as members of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), which will hold a meeting on 7 May 2009 in Kathmandu. Primary funding for these meetings comes from the Netherlands Government.
 
Immediately after the IPW, a smaller workshop dedicated to reflection on and learning from experiences of eight CPs in piloting Local Innovation Support Funds will be held in Pokhara. This component of Prolinnova is supported by Rockefeller Foundation.