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Panama in Pictures!
- By Eva Miller on May 11th, 2015
- Category: Blog, Featured, Featured Blog, Home, Latin America and the Caribbean
The recent GFC Mesoamerican Knowledge Exchange, held in Panama City, brought together a diverse group of Global Fund for Children grassroots partners from Central and North America. In total, 21 organizations from six different countries were represented.
For a slideshow featuring even more photos of our Panama conference, and to learn more about GFC’s Knowledge Exchanges, check out our slideshow!
Highlights from the Knowledge Exchange included an interactive “gallery walk” in which participants shared the work of their organizations in small groups, site visits to two Panamanian grassroots partner organizations, and a session on using restorative practices in working with children and youth. In addition—in order to give participants a complete Panama experience—evening excursions included a trip to the old city center and a private tour of the Panama Canal!
Knowledge Exchange participants typically report that the most rewarding aspect of these capacity-building workshops is the opportunity to meet, share with, and learn from their peers. While each participant represents an organization that is unique, they invariably find common ground with one another. In some cases, this common ground is geographical proximity; in other cases, an affinity emerges because both organizations are concerned with the same problem facing children and youth, they use similar techniques to reach their beneficiaries, or they face similar challenges in their growth as organizations.
What is always clear to GFC staff, based on participant feedback and the level of engagement during the sharing sessions, is that the leaders of GFC’s grassroots partners truly value the opportunity to learn about each other’s work face-to-face. The Panama Knowledge Exchange was no exception; indeed, due to the popularity of the gallery walk session on the first day, more time was added on the second day so that participants could continue to share about their organizations.
As a result of these newfound connections, friendships were forged, participants made plans to visit each other’s organizations, and coordination occurred between grassroots partners from the same country to continue their collaboration after the Knowledge Exchange.