The role of education in transforming for impact: A contribution to the OECD Forum 2019

By Reda Sadki (The Geneva Learning Foundation)

The assumption that countries have the capacity to take on recommendations from the best available knowledge, achieve understanding, and turn them into effective policy and action, leaves unanswered the mechanisms through which a publication, a series of meetings, or a policy comparison may lead to change. 

Technology has already transformed the ability of international organizations to move from knowledge production and diplomacy to new forms of scalable, networked action needed to tackle complex global challenges. This has created a significant opportunity for leaders to deliver on their mission.

‘Skills’ are necessary but insufficient

Some organizations are already offering high-quality, multi-lingual learning. Many are using digital technologies to scale, often at the cost of quality, helping large numbers of learners develop competencies. Conventional courses seldom produce change, even if they become digital and scalable. On their own, these are no longer innovative – much less transformative – goals. Several international organizations have built corporate universities and other types of learning functions that remain confined to the margins of the business and under threat from the next restructuring. None of these initiatives have moved the needle of impact.

Transforming for impact

At the Geneva Learning Foundation, we have developed a low-cost, scalable package of interventions for international organizations to leverage digital transformation to: (1) bridge the gap between thinking and doing at country level; and (2) foster the emergence of country leadership for positive change.

In our first three years, we have worked with partners across several thematic areas, developing this package to translate global guidelines into effective local action, to support capability development from competency to implementation, and to perform multi-country peer review at scale.

  • Over 1,500 professionals in 90 countries have already participated in pilots.
  • 96% of graduates are applying what they gained from the best available global knowledge to implement projects and lead change.

A new economy of effort to produce change

This package can complement or replace existing low-volume, high-cost face-to-face workshops and conferences that are difficult to scale and measure.

  • It is entirely digital (motivating participants without offering travel, hotel, or per diem) and participants do not need to stop work to participate, significantly reducing both expenditure and opportunity cost, while improving efficacy.
  • It has fostered the emergence of informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing challenges and can replaced failed, conventional training-of-trainer and “cascade” models.

Recognizing the value of such emergent dynamics creates authentic opportunities to accelerate the transformation for impact.

Fostering such emergence is the hard part.

Sustainable transformation for impact

Last but not least, our business modelling demonstrates that, if the organization has healthy relationships with its stakeholders, financial sustainability (cost recovery) can be achieved within three years, so this is not one more mechanism dependent on donor good will.

As we have seen existing partnerships leads to promising results – above and beyond our own expectations – we are slowly growing in confidence about the strengths and sustainability of what began as a series of small-scale pilot projects and experiments.

Along the way, we have also learned how difficult it is to find the right mix of ingredients to move from ideas to successful execution to develop such a programme if it is to contribute to systemic change.

We will be at the OECD Forum on 20-21 May 2019 to share these promising results with organisations and governments that see the need for new, better ways of achieving change in policy and practice.

About the author

Reda Sadki (blog | Twitter) is the founder and president of the Geneva Learning Foundation, the Swiss non-profit organization with the mission to connect learning leaders to research, invent, and trial breakthrough approaches for new learning, talent and leadership as a way of shaping humanity and society for the better.

In the past, Reda Sadki worked for the United Nations, primarily for the World Health Organization, and at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

WHO Scholar webinars on reducing equities in immunization streamed on Facebook Live due to overwhelming demand

Over 2,000 immunization professionals have already registered to attend the webinar series offered by the WHO Scholar programme to support countries in planning and implementing immunization strategies to reduce inequities and improve coverage. More information about the webinars

Due to overwhelming demand beyond our initial capacity of 1,000 participants, we are now streaming each webinar on Facebook Live. (If you are already registered, you do not need to go to Facebook and may join using the invitation link you received by e-mail.)

  • These webinars are open to everyone.
  • There is no upper limit to the number of participants who can view the stream on Facebook.

If you find that you are unable to join the webinar room itself (using the ZOOM application), please view our Facebook page.

  • At the time of the event, you should see a prompt to view the Facebook Live stream.
  • If you like the page, you will then receive notifications when an event starts.
  • The recording of the webinar will be available on the Facebook page shortly after each event.

You are nevertheless encouraged to register for the WHO Scholar webinar series if you wish to receive automated reminders about each session.

About the WHO Scholar programme

The Geneva Learning Foundation’s Scholar Approach is a state-of-the-art evidence-based package for capability development required to lead complex change. This unique Approach has already been shown to not only enhance competencies but also to foster collaborative implementation of transformative projects that begin as course work and end with impact.

WHO has used the Scholar Approach since 2016 to support country-level action planning and capability development to improve immunization outcomes:

  • The network is growing rapidly, with 4,467 English speakers and 2,968 Francophones having participated in the programme’s activities.
  • Working together, Scholars have used WHO guidelines to develop more than 2,000 peer-reviewed, context-specific projects, with over 90% reporting that they routinely use what they learned from the programme.
  • Over 400 programme participants have served as Accompanists, supporting their peers and exercising leadership in new ways that challenge failed, conventional training-of-trainer and cascade models.
  • In some countries, Scholars have spontaneously initiated informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing immunization challenges.
  • Building on these emergent dynamics, Scholars are now being invited to join the first Impact Accelerator, working with colleagues from their country toward collaborative project implementation.
  • The programme is fully digital, with no upper limit to the number of participants, and has mobilized participants without having to offer per diem, travel, or hotel accommodation.

The WHO Scholar programme is being developed by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its partners for the World Health organization, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Invitation: WHO Scholar webinar series to reduce inequities and improve coverage

Are you committed to reducing inequities and improving coverage in your country?

The WHO Scholar programme is pleased to invite you to:

  • attend the webinar series about reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization
  • share the invitation with your trusted colleagues and networks

Should you register for these webinars?

Please register for these webinars only if:

  • You are truly committed to reducing inequities and improving coverage for immunization; and
  • You are sure to attend.

Why is the World Health Organization offering this webinar series?

WHO recognizes that countries may need support to plan and implement the strategies and activities included in guidelines.

Many new strategies and related guidance documents to reduce inequities and improve coverage have been developed at WHO based on the GRISP (Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices) and RED (Reaching Every District) guidelines.

The WHO Scholar programme is therefore offering a webinar series open to everyone, focusing on four topics within the broad GRISP umbrella:

  1. Reducing missed opportunities for immunization (MoV).
  2. Strengthening immunization in the second year of life (2YL).
  3. Integrating immunization across the life course and with other health interventions.
  4. Urban immunization and other targeted strategies to reduce inequities.

These open, interactive webinars:

  • aim to answer “How do I…?” with practical examples and methods shared by a global expert.
  • support the progress of participants, who will be able to engage directly with the presenters.
  • will be open to attendance by those who are not taking the course, with no upper limit to the number of attendees.

Who should participate?

You stand to benefit from these webinars if…

  • You work in the MoH or partner agency in the national or sub-national EPI programme or you are part of the WHO EPI staff in a country office.
  • You are part of national or sub-national planning processes (cMYP, annual planning, GAVI TCA/HSS planning)
  • You are motivated to implement innovative ideas to reduce inequities and increase immunization coverage in your country context.
  • You have innovative ideas but need support to move from idea to action.

Participants in the WHO Scholar Level 2 certification in reducing inequities and improving coverage are expected to attend these webinars.

Webinar 1. Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life (2YL)

  • 15 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Topic: Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life: Practices for vaccination beyond infancy, WHO 2018.
  • Lead presenter: Samir Sodha (WHO)

Webinar 2. Immunization services throughout the life course

  • 16 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Lead presenter: Emily Wootton (WHO)
  • Topic: Working together: An integration resource guide for immunization services throughout the life course

Webinar 3. Reducing inequities in urban immunization

  • 27 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Topic: Urban immunization toolkit and guidelines on reducing inequities in immunization.
  • Lead presenter: Godwin Mindra (UNICEF)

Webinar 4. Reducing Missed Opportunities for Vaccination (MOV)

  • 29 May 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Topic: Planning Guide to reduce Missed Opportunities for Vaccination
  • Lead presenter: Laura Nic Lochlainn (WHO)

Webinar 5. Deep dive on immunization services throughout the life course

  • 5 June 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Topic: Working together: An integration resource guide for immunization services throughout the life course
  • Lead presenter: Emily Wootton (WHO)

Webinar 6. Deep dive on immunization in the second year of life (2YL)

  • 12 June 2019 at 14h (2 PM) Geneva UTC+2 (check time)
  • Topic: Establishing and strengthening immunization in the second year of life: Practices for vaccination beyond infancy
  • Lead presenter: Samir Sodha (WHO)

#Ambulance! 2019 English Webinar 04 (recording and resources)

Pre-hospital emergency care practitioners have different job roles, practices, and challenges. But the risk of violence is one thing almost everyone has in common, even in peaceful settings.

Community-based ambulance staff and volunteers from the Red Cross Red Crescent and other ambulance organizations from all over the world registered to attend the first #Ambulance English Webinar of 2019. They discussed about the rights and responsibilities of healthcare personnel and why is it important to know them.

The next #Ambulance! webinar will take place on 10 April 2019.

Click here now to register for the next #Ambulance! webinars. They are held every second Wednesday of the month. (If you will be connecting from a mobile device, you will need to use the Webinar ID: 579-349-559.)

In 2016 and 2017, the Geneva Learning Foundation partnered for the first time with the Norwegian Red Cross. Together, we worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to convene over 3,000 community-based ambulance practitioners from 110 countries. Together, they documented, analyzed, and peer reviewed 270 front-line incidents of violence.

This spring, we are inviting you to join this global Community of Action for four webinars, during which you and other practitioners will share stories, dilemmas and insights to make access to health care and its provision safer and better protected.

The recording, presentation, highlights, and selected quotes from our first webinar are now available in the Health Care in Danger community. If you are not yet a member of the Health Care in Danger community, you will first need to create your account.

To download the flyer announcing the webinars, click here. (Please share this with your colleagues.)

Please address any queries to coa.ambulance@redcross.no

Find us on facebook: facebook.com/AmbulanceRisk

Webinaire 06 de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination: Systèmes numériques pour la vaccination (ressources et enregistrement)

GENÈVE, LE 10 DÉCEMBRE 2018 – Voici les objectifs du sixième webinaire de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • Examinez comment les outils numériques peuvent améliorer les programmes de vaccination.
  • Réfléchissez sur les catégories communes de systèmes numériques.
  • Anticipez les défis et les risques avec les projets de technologies de l’information et de la communication (ICT).

Carine Gachen de GAVI était l’invitée de Jan Grevendonk pour ce webinaire.

Les webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination sont ouverts à tous. Si nous la capacité maximale de 1,000 participants est atteinte, vous pouvez toujours participer à l’événement sur notre page Facebook.

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’Académie de surveillance de la vaccination? Cliquez ici

Webinaire 05 de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination sur les systèmes numériques d’information de santé (ressources et enregistrement)

GENÈVE, LE 3 DÉCEMBRE 2018 – Ce webinaire portait sur les systèmes numériques d’information de santé (SNIS). Les participants ont été invités à partager leur expérience de l’utilisation d’un système de monitorage de la vaccination.

Carine Gachen de GAVI était l’invitée de Jan Grevendonk pour ce webinaire.

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Ces webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • visent à répondre «Comment faire…?» Avec des exemples pratiques et des méthodes partagés par des experts reconnus.
  • participent à la progression des apprenants au cours de certificat de niveau 1 de l’Académie.
  • seront ouverts à ceux qui ne suivent pas le cours, sans limite du nombre de participants.

Les webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination sont ouverts à tous. Si nous la capacité maximale de 1,000 participants est atteinte, vous pouvez toujours participer à l’événement sur notre page Facebook.

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’Académie de surveillance de la vaccination? Cliquez ici

WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy (IMA) Webinar 06: Digital systems for immunization (recording and resources)

GENEVA, 28 November 2018 – The objectives of this webinar on Digital systems for Immunization were:

  • Brainstorm how digital tools can improve immunization programmes.
  • Reflect on common categories of digital systems.
  • Anticipate challenges and risks with information and communication technology (ICT) projects.

Carolina Danovarowas Jan Grevendonk’s guest for this webinar.

IMA webinars are open to everyone. If we reach capacity (1,000 participants), you can still participate in the event on our Facebook page, where it will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE.

Want to know more about the Immunization Monitoring Academy? Click here

Webinaire 04 de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination: les dénominateurs (ressources et enregistrement)

GENÈVE, LE 26 NOVEMBRE 2018 – Voici les objectifs du quatrième webinaire de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • Débattre de l’utilisation des estimations de population dans le cadre de la vaccination.
  • Débattre des défis à relever concernant les estimations de population.
  • Fournir des idées concrètes pour renforcer:
    • L’estimation du dénominateur pour le contrôle de la couverture
    • La détermination des cibles dans la planification des activités de vaccination

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NOTE: L’inscription est obligatoire, même si vous avez déjà participé à d’autres wébinaires (en anglais ou en français) de l’Académie. Par contre, une fois inscrit, vous recevrez automatiquement les annonces pour tous les wébinaires cette année en français.

Ces webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • visent à répondre «Comment faire…?» Avec des exemples pratiques et des méthodes partagés par des experts reconnus.
  • participent à la progression des apprenants au cours de certificat de niveau 1 de l’Académie.
  • seront ouverts à ceux qui ne suivent pas le cours, sans limite du nombre de participants.

Les webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination sont ouverts à tous. Si nous la capacité maximale de 1,000 participants est atteinte, vous pouvez toujours participer à l’événement sur notre page Facebook.

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’Académie de surveillance de la vaccination? Cliquez ici

WHO Immunization Monitoring Academy (IMA) Webinar 05: Health Management Information Systems (recording and resources)

GENEVA, 21 November 2018 – This webinar focused on Health Management Information Systems (HMIS). Participants were invited to share their experience with the use of an HMIS for immunization monitoring.

Carine Gachen from GAVI was Jan Grevendonk’s guest for this webinar.

IMA webinars are open to everyone. If we reach capacity (1,000 participants), you can still participate in the event on our Facebook page, where it will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE.

Want to know more about the Immunization Monitoring Academy? Click here

Webinaire 03 de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination: Améliorer l’utilisation des données au niveau du service (ressources et enregistrement)

GENÈVE, LE 19 NOVEMBRE 2018 – Voici les objectifs du troisième webinaire de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • discuter de la culture des données que nous souhaitons créer;
  • discuter des différentes modalités d’apprentissage susceptible d’aller vers ce but; et 
  • découvrir des outils et des interventions qui pourraient améliorer l’utilisation des données.

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NOTE: L’inscription est obligatoire, même si vous avez déjà participé à d’autres wébinaires (en anglais ou en français) de l’Académie. Par contre, une fois inscrit, vous recevrez automatiquement les annonces pour tous les wébinaires cette année en français.

Ces webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination (AMV):

  • visent à répondre «Comment faire…?» Avec des exemples pratiques et des méthodes partagés par des experts reconnus.
  • participent à la progression des apprenants au cours de certificat de niveau 1 de l’Académie.
  • seront ouverts à ceux qui ne suivent pas le cours, sans limite du nombre de participants.

Les webinaires de l’Académie du monitorage de la vaccination sont ouverts à tous. Si nous la capacité maximale de 1,000 participants est atteinte, vous pouvez toujours participer à l’événement sur notre page Facebook.

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’Académie de surveillance de la vaccination? Cliquez ici