Share-Net International Small Grants Dissemination & New Year’s Drinks

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on February 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Share-Net International offers its member organisations funding for knowledge generation, identification, translation and dissemination initiatives. Last February 17th, the research findings of these so-called ‘Small Grant’ projects that were released in 2014 and 2015 were presented in Amsterdam.

Despite the train failure resulting from a power outage in Amsterdam that morning, we welcomed about fifty participants working in academia, at NGOs and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aim of the meeting was to discuss the lessons learned and their implications for policy, practice and follow-up research.

We started with the presentation of seven projects in a plenary session chaired by Ine Vanwesenbeeck, former chair of the Share-Net International Steering Committee. In particular, we had the honour of welcoming Shale Ahmed and Shahidul Alam (BSWS), Mamunur Rashid (BRAC University) and Cédric Nininahazwe (RNJ+) who came all the way from Bangladesh and Burundi to share their findings.

We closed the afternoon with a market place combined with New Year’s Drinks. In the market place, ten other projects were presented through poster presentations, animations, power point presentations and publications. As concluded by Ine Vanwesenbeeck, this meeting showed the richness of the small grants projects and the need for more of such diverse, innovative, societal-relevant and short-term projects.