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GDI is launching a Community of Practice (CoP) – Engagement Series: a place designed to link students, academics, practitioners and alumni and we hope you can join us.

Following the recent Simon Fellowship Project, led by Dr Natalie Cunningham, on lifelong learning in the development sector, the theme of sharing and the need for a space through which practitioners can engage and support one another was identified as an area in need of strengthening. In light of this, GDI are launching a community of practice.

This will commence with three engagement sessions, each centered around a different theme, where students, academics, practitioners and alumni can come together to learn from one another, to address challenges, and explore solutions to practical issues.  These sessions will have the added benefit of enhancing the quality of our teaching and learning processes.

The sessions will be online, between 12:00pm – 13:00pm BST/GMT and run on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, with our first meeting taking place in September. A GDI academic, and an experienced development practitioner will facilitate each session.

Full details and registration forms can be found via the below links.

Tuesday 20th September 2022, 12pm BST – Theme: “Supporting Development – Developing Support”

Tuesday 18th October 2022, 12pm BST      – Theme: “Leadership in a digital age”

Tuesday 15th November 2022, 12pm GMT – Theme: “Shifting the power and the locally-led development divide”

Each CoP meeting provides the opportunity to learn from each other about what challenges we are each facing and what solutions we can identify to address our most pressing concerns in the development space. We have the opportunity to share relevant practice, skills, experience and research in addressing these concerns drawing on diverse experiences across the globes. The structure will be in the format of a facilitated discussion. This is not a webinar.

Please note places for each session are limited to 150 people, and if registrants exceed this number, places will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to supporting your work in the development sector and gaining inspiration from your insights!

For additional information, please contact Robert Dawber


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