The CEF blog on learning is a platform where CEF experts and colleagues from partner institutions share reflections and lessons learned on capturing, packaging and sharing knowledge and experience in our constituency. Many of the blog posts touch upon Leadership for Managing Reforms that is a cross-cutting topic through all CEF thematic areas.

The concepts of capturing, packaging and sharing of knowledge and experience are used to describe the capacities of knowledge hubs. The CEF serves as a knowledge hub for South East Europe. Knowledge hubs are institutions that focus either on broad or very sector-specific experience with an aim to accelerate reform processes. The CEF concentrates on the thematic areas of public financial management, tax policy and administration, central banking and cross-cutting areas of leadership for managing reforms, and data and analysis for designing policies.

Graphic presentation of our understanding of our role as a knowledge hub. The term knowledge hub is used to describe institutions that have expertise in specific thematic priorities, and recognize the importance of learning and know how to nurture it. The World Bank identifies knowledge hubs as institutions that have developed capacity to capture, package and share broad or very sector specific experience with domestic and international partners in order to accelerate reform processes.

What does capturing, packaging and sharing mean?

Capturing knowledge and experience

The aim of various capturing activities (governance and partners’ meetings, feedback at learning initiatives, visits to the region…) is to put forward a learning program that suits individual and institutional needs, and responds to the ongoing change endeavors. For this reason, we are in a constant dialogue with our constituency to understand their learning needs. Packaging knowledge and experience After we have identified (or captured) the learning needs, our goal is to package the knowledge in practical, interactive and participant-oriented learning solutions. We achieve this by combining various learning formats (workshops, webinars, high-level dialogues, certification trainings…) at online and physical platforms. In our learning approach, the learner is at the heart of the learning process. We also recognize the critical importance of peer-to-peer learning as a way to support reforms and provide a platform for public officials to meet and connect. Find out more about our approach to learning here.

Sharing knowledge and experience

We share knowledge and examples of good practice in the region through our publications as well as various digital platforms: digital stories, the CEF blog and website, social media channels, newsletter etc. This way we spread knowledge beyond classroom, illustrate the immediate impact and long-term results of our work, showcase the region’s successes, and share information about the latest technologies and approaches in learning gained from international network of peer institutions.

What does Leadership for Managing Reforms cover?

Many of the blog posts touch upon the area of leadership for managing reforms that is cross-cutting through all CEF thematic areas. The leadership learning program encompasses the topics of enhancing trust and cooperation among institutions, strengthening leadership and management capacities that promote change, and facilitating learning and knowledge sharing. We combine topical expertise and knowledge of the specifics of countries with a good grasp of leadership skills required to manage reforms to accelerate the reform processes in the countries of our constituency. Find out more about Leadership for Managing Reforms here.