Tool Fair

“Tool fair is one of the methods of creating a Community of Practice (CoP), which is considered one of the forms of collaborative learning among people. “Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in the process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor”.

Accordingly, in Collective Routes, we aim at establishing a Community of Practice for development practitioners in Egypt as a means of collaborative learning that will not only develop the capacities of the individuals but will also work on advancing the general knowledge and practices of the development domain in Egypt.

In 2023, we are working on organizing a tool fair on Organizational resilience to bring together different actors from the arts and culture sectors, as well as civil society practitioners, to present and reflect on research findings, good practices, and tools pertaining to organizational resilience.This would entail gathering other organizational experience and promoting collaborative sharing of research findings and good practices, which would also open a space for future collaborations among those independent civil society actors. At the end of the tool fair proceedings will be documented in English and Arabic and will be made available online for greater accessibility.

This toolfair is part of Tandem Amwaj programme, which is a civil society-led project co-designed, and implemented by 4 partner organisations (Tandem programme alumni) in the MENA region working on creating safe and creative environments for independent narrative discourses. By supporting culture-led engagement actions and actors, this program aims at promoting civil society participation in local development practices, growing a space for different forms of expressions and sense of belongings to be performed despite the pressuring contexts (political and economic) across Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.”

Amira Hossam MennaTullah Reda Atta Mohamed Yassein Shaimaa Atef

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Writing Retreat

Overview

The main aim of the retreat is to disconnect and focus. Our common objective will be to finalize some work-related or study-related readings and write different pieces, i.e., reports, articles, reflection papers.

The retreat will start with each one identifying a specific objective they would like to achieve by the end of the retreat and then working on it through the eight focus slots across retreat days During the retreat, we will be accompanied by a fitness coach to make sure that we have some movements across the retreat and not stay all day reading and writing.

Admission: an application will be available on the website.

Cost: It will be announced with each learning experience.

Scholarship: all our learning experiences have different schemes of scholarships, just please indicate in your application the needed % of scholarship (25%, 50%, 75%, 100 %) If you are an organization or a self organized group that wishes to organize this learning experience for your team members/ group, please contact us via: info@collectiveroutes.org specifying in the subject title “”name of the learning experience”” To know more about the coming training, you can register your email here, to receive our learning notifications.

Amira Hossam Shaimaa Atef

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Collaborative Learning for Development Practitioners

The concept of collaborative learning calls for people to collaborate (co-labour) and work together for shared goals and an explicit intention to create something new or different through a deliberate and structured collaborative process, as opposed to simply exchanging information or following instructions. A broad definition of collaborative learning would be the acquisition by individuals of knowledge, skills, or attitudes occurring as a result of collaboration and a group process of learning.

For this purpose, we bring groups of development practitioners in collaborative learning workshops, where each participant contributes to the group learning process about a specific topic or issue. We tend to hold such workshops in a rich and relaxing environment, such as taking a sailing boat in the Nile, that could enable participants to feel inspired to reflect on their practices and experiences.

If you are an organization or a self-organized group that wishes to organize this learning experience for your team members/ group, please contact us via info@collectiveroutes.org, specifying in the subject title “name of the learning experience.”

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Participatory Action Research (PAR)

Overview

In this learning experience, you will be introduced to Participatory Action Research (PAR), which can best be described as a cooperative approach to research, learning, and action for social change, bringing together all parties concerned to work together to identify the problem, develop the research methodology and tools, gather information, analyze and produce results and practical solutions that respond to the problem chosen.

The strength of PAR lies in finding solutions to practical problems and its ability to empower both development and community actors by working cooperatively to address and implement intervention activities and action plans. Implementation activities and action plans are then systematically monitored for reflection on the process, impact, and results, which may lead to other rounds of enhancement. Thus, action research is an iterative process.

In Participatory Action Research, three concepts overlap their characteristics as follows:

  1. Research:
    1. Defining the research question
    2. Choosing the Research Methodology
    3. Analyzing results – Publishing results
  2. Action:
    1. Choosing the problem
    2. Defining resources and solutions
    3. Implementing the plan
    4. Evaluation, with the probability of going back to the first step
  3. Participatory:
    1. From the beginning & throughout the process
    2. Participation of all interested parties
    3. Democratic decision making
    4. Collective ownership

Learning objectives

  • Understanding the principles of PAR, including how it combines participatory research with action research.
  • Developing knowledge of the theories and methods of PAR.
  • A practical exercise will enable participants to be able to design their own PAR.
  • Being aware of the various stages that must be followed when designing PAR.
  • Ensuring ethical considerations which must be made in PAR.
  • Learning outcomes
  • You will know the origin, history, and theories of PAR and how it relates to qualitative methods. – You will be able to conduct your own PAR study following the various ‘stages’ of PAR.
  • You will be aware of the ethical and practical considerations of PAR, including working as a team and building rapport with participants and communities involved in a PAR study.

Duration: 5-day workshop.

Exact dates: It will be announced on the website two months in advance.

Admission: An application will be available on the website two months in advance.

Cost: It will be announced with each learning experience.

Scholarship: All our learning experiences have different schemes of scholarships, just please indicate in your application the needed % of scholarship (25%, 50%, 75%, 100 %).

If you are an organization or a self-organized group that wishes to organize this learning experience for your team members/ group, please contact us via info@collectiveroutes.org, specifying in the subject title “name of the learning experience.”

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Organizational Culture

Overview

In this learning experience, you will get introduced to the different components of organizational culture and to the suggested co-creation methodology by which you can engage all organizations’ team members.

Learning objectives

  • Introducing the definition and components of organizational culture
  • Introducing the co-creation methodology of organizational culture
  • Defining organizational values and their different types
  • Defining different organizational stories and practising tools to document and collect these stories
  • Introducing international practices related to organizational culture Learning Outcomes.​

Learning Outcomes

  • You will be able to define organizational culture and its components – you will be able to clearly distinguish different types of organizational values and stories.
  • You will be oriented to different international practices.
  • You will be able to define each step of the 7-step methodology and the rationale of each one.

Frequency: Twice/ year. March and September

Format

  • Intensive format: 5 days in a row
  • Non-Intensive format: One day/ week for a period of 5 week

Exact dates: It will be announced on the website two months in advance

Admission: An application will be available on the website for two months in advance. Cost: It will be announced with each learning experience.

Scholarship: All our learning experiences have different schemes of scholarships, just please indicate in your application the needed % of scholarship (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%).

If you are an organization or a self-organized group that wishes to organize this learning experience for your team members/ group, please contact us via info@collectiveroutes.org, specifying in the subject title “name of the learning experience”.

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Research Methods and Skills for Young Researchers and Development Practitioners

Overview

The idea started in 2016, intending to introduce and enhance the social research skills of young researchers and development practitioners to back their practical work experience with academic methods and tools. The training attempts to encourage the use of social research tools in social activism to ensure better quality for the designed developmental programs based on the use of the evidence-based approach and participatory research techniques. Also, it aims to make social research methodologies accessible for non-academics and to be adapted to research questions raised from surrounding social realities.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the research role in social sciences as well as its various applications and formats other than the traditional academic papers.
  • Explore the social research journey, starting from research conceptualization till the final phase.
  • Explore different research approaches and methodologies, and more importantly, we introduce new research practices, such as Participatory Research and Evidence-Based Approach, to link them to the developmental practices that the participants are involved in.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will know the approaches and methods of academic research
  • You will be able to use the Evidence-Based Approach.
  • You will be aware of the ethical and practical considerations of conducting research.
  • You will be able to identify how to use research to develop and enhance your work on the development field/social activism.
  • You will be able to come up with your own research interests that will be developed jointly throughout the experience period.

The learning experience is based on

  • Presentations and interactive discussions.
  • Reflection space where participants share their field stories and challenges while reflecting on the importance of academic social research to navigate these challenges.
  • Practical collective activities to apply what they have learned during the sessions.
  • One-to-one coaching with participants to develop their research projects. This format aims to transmit the theoretical knowledge needed and, at the same time, allows a space for the participant to apply this academic know-how to their own research ideas and developmental projects.

Frequency: Twice/ year. January and November.

Format

  • Intensive format: 5 days in a row.
  • Non-Intensive format: One day/ week for a period of 7 weeks.

Dates: It will be announced on the website two months in advance.

Admission: An application will be available on the website two months in advance. Cost: It will be announced with each learning experience.

Scholarship: All our learning experiences have different schemes of scholarships, just please indicate in your application the needed % of scholarship (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%).

If you are an organization or a self-organized group that wishes to organize this learning experience for your team members/ group, please contact us via info@collectiveroutes.org, specifying in the subject title “name of the learning experience.”

Amira Hossam Mohamed Yassein Shaimaa Atef

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