From 25-27 August I was with the Young Professionals Platform on Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD). This is a network organisation that builds the capacity for young professionals in agricultural research for developmet (ARD) and lobbies and advocate for a more pro-poor ARD.
YPARD is an interesting and exciting network with an important cause. It has some 1400 members from all over the world (mainly in developing countries). This week I facilitated the development of a new strategic plan that will focus the operations of the organisation over the coming years. It was a vibrant meeting in Rome (hosted by FAO) in which we tried to balance the needs of young professionals in developing countries and the goal of lobby and advocacy. The draft strategic plan that we produced will now further be development and is to be used as a business plan for fundraising and management.
I have quickly become a member of YPARD myself - a great cause (and it's free!), just go to their website .
Some impressions from the planning workshop: