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Two great initiatives you should know about

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Peer coaching for development workers

Whydev and Development Crossroads, are launching a matchmaking service for peer coaching, aimed at young professionals, graduate students, and others starting out in international development could benefit from having access to peers who can help talk them through a problem and act as a sounding board.

They are just in the planning phase right now and are seeking feedback on the level of demand for this type of service and  what kind of matching system might be most useful. They have developed a short survey to help them craft the service  – go and let them know what you think!

We all need someone to talk to who isn’t part of our immediate team from time to time, even those of us who can’t really call ourselves young professionals any longer.  This is a promising idea that deserv es your support and input.  To find out more check out the blog announcement and questionnaire here.

The knowledge sharing toolkit

OK. I’ve written about this before, but there have been a wealth of updates since I last plugged it and also UNDP have now been added to the list of cosponsors and contributors. Here’s the spiel….

Join the CGIAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the KM4Dev Community , the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Programme in creating and growing the Knowledge Sharing Toolkit ( an excellent resource of knowledge sharing tools and methods.

It is a living wiki based site where a wide range of individuals from the sponsor organizations and others have written or pulled together materials about a wide range of knowledge sharing tools and techniques. It’s open to all to participate, whether it is just to consult the toolkit as a resource, or whether you would like to add new material or improve what’s already there.

What can you do with the toolkit?

1. Use the Toolkit and share it w/ colleagues – the simplest step. You don’t even need to join the wiki to read it. Bookmark Tweet it out!

2. Improve an existing page – every page on the wiki is editable. All you have to do is join the wiki (upper right hand corner – you will have to wait for one of us to approve – we do this to keep out spammers), then go to the page you want to improve, click edit, and have a go! (See also… )

3. Create a new page for a method or tool that is not yet in the Toolkit (see also ) – Go to either KSTools or KSMethods (the lists are in alphabetical order), click edit, write in the new message in the appropriate alpha order, click on the link creator in the editor window at the top, and choose wiki link. The system will create a new link. Then click save. After the page reloads, click on the new link you made. That will take you to a page that has to be created (by you!) Then on that page select the KSToolkit template and start editing! (yes, we built a template to make it easy)

4. Comment on any page… just click on the little “comment” balloon on the upper right of any page – you have to be logged in though!

This is a common resource – so it is as good as WE ALL make it!


Written by Ian Thorpe

February 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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  1. Thanks for the support Ian. We are getting very excited about peer coaching, and it appears that others are too. We have some fantastic responses coming in and want more! We hope this initiative will create another space for professional development, knowledge sharing and reflexive practice.

    More importantly though, the toolkit is an amazing resource with unlimited potential. I look forward to creating one and accessing others.

    Brendan Rigby

    Chief editor and manager of

    Brendan J Rigby (@bjrigby)

    February 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

  2. Thanks for sharing the good word about the peer coaching initiative. I heartily agree with you that everyone can benefit from having someone outside their immediate work team to talk to about work challenges — and this includes more “seasoned professionals” who aren’t Gen Yers by any stretch (myself included).

    I have seen peer coaching work fantastically with mid-career development folks. I would encourage anyone working in development — regardless of age or experience level — who is intrigued by the notion of peer coaching to fill out the survey. It asks about years of experience, so participants can be matched with a peer coach at a similar level (otherwise, if there’s a large disparity in experience, the dynamic may tilt more toward mentoring, which is a different enterprise altogether).

    Shana Montesol Johnson

    February 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

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