Registrations for the 2017 Annual Meeting Now Open

The Belgian Development Agency and the Open Learning Campus of the World Bank have the pleasure to announce the 2017 annual meeting of the learn4dev network, on 6 and 7 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. This year’s theme is Innovations in Learning for Development. However the innovation topic has been explored during previous meetings, three components and their combination are new:

  1. Innovations as plural. Our focus will not be on innovation as a concept or a global orientation. We will target concrete experiences of innovations in learning methods and technologies that have generated positive or promising results on the ground.
  2. The learning dimension will place emphasis on new opportunities for enhanced learning. This should help organisations and individuals to perform their tasks more effectively.
  3. The developmental dimension aims at sharing experiences and knowledge applicable in a sustainable manner, within the specific development context.

The learn4dev annual meeting will be organised back to back with the European Development Days (Brussels, 7 and 8 June). Participants are therefore invited to stay and take part in the learn4dev project lab on Thursday 8 June at 10:45 AM. More information about the network’s involvement in the European Development Days, visit our website.

Key note speaker, Donald Clark.

Professor Donald Clark was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group which established itself as the leading company on the UK online learning market. Today, he is professor at the University of Derby and CEO of WildFire Learning. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he sits on the board of diverse organisations.

During a two-hour session, Professor Clark will attack the main problems and opportunities related to sustainable innovation and the use of technology for learning in the development sector. Presentations will be alternated with lively discussion, leaving space for practical examples and questions. The realistic and critical approach of Donal Clark sheds new light on how technology meets sociology and pedagogy … and how this collision can help us to create more effective programs.

Learn & share

The network’s meeting will as well be the opportunity its members, organisations and expert groups to share experiences and good practices. The program will leave space to showcase examples of how innovation lead to sustainable development within your specific settings. In the most inclusive approach so far applied, all participants will be invited to share ideas and exchange on solutions to existing problems.

Registrations are now open and participants are kindly asked to apply before Monday 15 May 2017, 12:00 PM on learn4dev.btcctb.org. The annual meeting will be organised at the BTC Conference Center – Espace Jacqmotte in the heart of Brussels.