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Community of Practice

What is a Community of Practice? A group of people

… with a common interest.

… with a common goal of improving.

… who share experiences.

About

scaleWAYS-East Africa is a Community of Practice (CoP) consisting of professionals interested in scaling resilient water and agriculture management systems for sustainable rice and fodder production in East Africa.

Goal: To become the regional think tank for scaling resilient water and agriculture management systems for sustainable rice and fodder production in the East African Community (EAC).

Vision: Resilient water and agricultural management systems for sustainable rice and fodder production in the East African Community (EAC).

Mission: To develop and support a dynamic platform of professionals for sharing skills, expertise and resources to strengthen their capacities and increase their potential and visibility so they are able to contribute meaningfully to sound policy and practice in the region East African Community (EAC).

Membership
Individual professionals from various disciplines interested in scaling resilient water and agriculture management practices in the East African Community are welcome to join the CoP.

scaleWAYS-East Africa is open to a wide range of professionals who:

  •  Share the same interests in solving water and agriculture management challenges in the East Africa sub-region;
  • Are committed to scaling out resilient management practices for sustainable rice and fodder production;
  • Are dedicated to improving their skills and experience through shared learning, partnerships and networking.
Values
scaleWAYS-East Africa will operate as a not-for-profit organization, sustained by contributions from the development community and competitive bidding processes. Activities and resources will be open, transparent, and non-proprietary.

scaleWAYS-East Africa will make decisions collaboratively, involving all members, i.e. the research community that are the purpose of its work, a Core Team that will facilitate the activities of the general membership to operationalize the objectives and mission of the CoP.

scaleWAYS-East Africa will take a global citizen’s view on development issues and strive to engage with a wide range of organizations and people to ensure a broader viewpoint on development issues related to water and agriculture.

Prospects

In line with its goal of becoming the regional think tank for scaling out resilient water and agriculture management practices in Africa, scaleWAYS-East Africa will ultimately aim at 4 different prospects.

  1. Designing and proposing activities and actions that will make the CoP a relevant stakeholder in the region for promoting learning and building mutual trust with and between different state and non-state actors;
  2. Being in a crucial position to provide advice and take decisions on research programmes that will be needed to support policy and practice;
  3. Becoming the platform for a more integrated dialogue between the research community and the policy and practice communities on water and agriculture; and
  4. Supporting policy and practice in the region and deepening the engagement of with leaders and influencers in key policy and practice areas.
The Core Group
The Core Group shall serve to manage the CoP based on the agreed coordination mandate. It shall have close ties with the general membership to ensure that strategic guidance is provided to operationalize the mission and activities of scaleWAYS-East Africa.

Membership of the Core Group shall be composed of two (2) individuals each from the countries representing the current membership of the Community of Practice, i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Members of the Core Group shall lead efforts to recruit CoP members in their respective countries and develop Country Chapters of scaleWAYS-East Africa.