Strengthening decision-making on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification through MultiStakeholder Social Learning

The DFID Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) programme funded SAI-related research and multi-stakeholder, social learning (MSL) processes, through National Learning Alliances (NLAs) in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, to link research evidence to decision-making and improve overall decision-making processes. The NLA facilitation teams brought together diverse stakeholders from government, research institutions, civil society, media, and donors, organising regular learning events as part of learning cycles.

This briefing presents lessons from a study of the SAIRLA MSL processes. The theory of change anticipates that MSL processes are guided by NLA facilitation teams leading to enhanced individual, network and senior decision-maker capacity and practice changes, more common understanding, improved decisions, better decision-making processes, and evidence-based governance systems.


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