The GEF is a multilateral fund that supports developing country projects that safeguard the global environment and enhance sustainable development. Knowledge, a primary asset of GEF, is mostly generated by GEF investments during the project design and implementation and then documented in the form of lessons learned.

The GEF Knowledge Day is an experiential peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and learning event. It was designed to enable participants in a GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) to learn about key project components, and discuss lessons and good practice approaches in the field. Conceived by the GEF Secretariat, the ECW brings together GEF focal points, focal points from key environmental conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and Persistent Organic Pollutants), civil society representatives, and staff from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks in a particular region.

Methodology

The GEF Knowledge Day follows a methodology that can be easily customized to every country and region, as well as different project types and topic areas. The methodology facilitates learning and knowledge exchange around a particular GEF project through Learning Stations. It is at Learning Stations where project managers and beneficiaries display and discuss lessons and good practices emerging from key project components, and interact with participants from diverse backgrounds, preferably at the project site. Read more+

Knowledge Day Pilot

A piloted GEF Knowledge Day took place in Trinidad and Tobago in March 2016 when the Learning Stations methodology was tested at the Biodiversity Conservation, Ecotourism and Community Development in the Arima Valley project site. This project was implemented by the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Program with the ASA Wright Nature Center. During the GEF Knowledge Day visit, participants toured five Learning Stations at the Nature Center where they spoke with project staff and beneficiaries and identified some of the project management principles that were presented at the Expanded Constituency Workshop during the previous day. 

The Knowledge Day also included a nature walk where participants learned more about biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management at the Nature Center. At the end of the day’s visit, a wrap-up session helped identify and bring forth key concepts learned. Participants completed exit surveys, submitted photos they took during the day via social media, and shared their GEF Knowledge Passports with the organizers. The GEF Knowledge Passports proved to be extremely useful because they allowed the GEF to gather invaluable feedback and understand whether the Knowledge Day met the initial objectives.

Replication

During and after the pilot, it became clear that there was a great deal of interest among other countries for participating in GEF Knowledge Days. There had been observable enthusiasm among the project managers, staff, and beneficiaries in wanting to share their experiences with other GEF partners from other countries that greatly contributed to the success of the pilot in Trinidad and Tobago.

Since the pilot and throughout 2016, there have been 13 GEF Knowledge Days in 13 Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) with more than 1000 participants from over 120 countries. 

List of GEF projects that have been showcased during the Knowledge Days +