Session summary by Andrea Pape-Christiansen (ICARDA)

Session Making networks work within institutions

Facilitator: Nadejda Loumbeva

Thu, 22 Jan 9:00

Three examples of networks, on the scale from very informal in terms of focus and membership to formalized around a theme with an agenda and outcome orientation; pro and cons of informal networks vs formalizing them were discussed, ie recognition by management and the formal ability to engage in debates and policy discussion and influence decisions,

Both models (formal, informal) agree that they strongly depend on champions to continue and keep the groups alive; booth kinds of networkers agreed that meeting face to face regularly is key;