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’.
Decentralization Community, Solution Exchange India
The Decentralization Community of Practice (CoP), hosted by the Democratic Governance unit at UNDP was set up in July 2007, and has nearly 4,000 members. The community focuses on political, functional, administrative and financial decentralization in both rural and urban contexts, including those relating to sectoral decentralization, delivery of services, access to justice and other issues in local governance. It brings together individuals who are concerned with strengthening the institutions of local self-governance- the Panchayats and Municipal Bodies- to enable them to govern more effectively. The Decentralization CoP also deals with issues related to decentralized governance in the light of the 73rd and 74th Amendments. In addition, it focuses on challenges and opportunities resulting from this framework for delivering services and programmes in different sectors and through various governmental and non-governmental channels.
What is Solution Exchange?
Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange India (SE) is an online platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and learning amongst people, practitioners and communities dedicated to addressing development challenges in India. Run by the United Nations in India, online groups, called CoP, the platform enables members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners, researchers and the government functionaries to share experiences and best practices, build partnerships, learn about the latest technologies that can help advance change and brainstorm with peers towards solutions that can improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized.
How does it work?
SE works through 12 thematic ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoP) that focus on connecting practitioners; tapping knowledge; disseminating experiences; facilitating feedback; seeding ideas; replicating good practices; and catalyzing collaborations. Everyone in a CoP belongs to a mail-group, facilitated by a resource team located in a UN Agency, which helps members to connect, share and collaborate virtually as well as face-to-face.
Who can become a Member?
Decentralization CoP members are practitioners from a wide range of public and private organizations who share an interest in decentralization and local governance. These include Government and semi-government functionaries; elected representatives at all tiers of local governance, both rural and urban; representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies; students; NGO workers; academicians, researchers and independent professionals.
To join the CoP or get further details, write to firstname.lastname@example.org