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Closing the learning loop in locally led adaptation

Barry Smith

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Donor-driven monitoring and evaluation often does little to integrate or incentivise learning for locally led adaptation. Deterministic and rigid top-down approaches fail to capitalise on the important insights that bottom-up learning can offer for improving local adaptation planning and implementation. As a result, they fail to capture lessons that could be cascaded upwards to steer funding flows towards better results on the ground. This briefing explores current approaches and frameworks’ attitudes to learning and why it is important. Gathering examples from existing programmes and projects, it draws out lessons on how to deliver effective learning for locally led adaptation and sets out recommendations for donors and aid agencies on how to help close the learning loop for greater impact.

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