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Sharing Best Practices = South-South Learning Exchange Continues

Katja Egger at LYG Training workshop in Colombo
Katja Egger at LYG Training workshop in Colombo
Working across over 60 countries with political organisations, civil society, chambers of commerce and networks provides the colleagues of the Friedrich Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit continuous opportunities for learning from their peers. In many cases, historical and cultural similarities make it easier to understand and adapt best practices to the local context.

Take the case of India and South Africa, both multi-party democracies with elections every five years. Both are culturally diverse and have been ruled by a single dominant party. The Foundation’s work in strengthening the capacity of the opposition Party-the Democratic Alliance in over twenty years offers exciting insights and also time-tested training practices. Of particular interest to our partners in South Asia is the programme on developing young leaders.

The FNF New Delhi Regional office began the New Year with the visit of Ms. Katja Egger ( Katja Egger and Manali Shah with participants of the young leaders training in Andhra Pradesh
Katja Egger and Manali Shah with participants of the young leaders training in Andhra Pradesh
Project Officer, FNF Cape Town, South Africa). Katja consults and trains South African and Southern African politicians at national, provincial and municipal level on organizational development, strategy, communication, leadership, team building and conflict management.

The Foundation’s partners working with young leaders in India and Sri Lanka offer ongoing trainings for their experienced as well as potential members. The three workshops with Katja Egger helped the partners plan their communication and outreach activities more strategically—how to identify target groups as well as their respective hotspots; how to be permanently present within the target groups; how to identify specific issues; how to develop a Katja Egger gives tips on communication to young leaders at Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Katja Egger gives tips on communication to young leaders at Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
strategic plan and a time-action-plan (TAP); how to develop a committed and efficient youth organisation?

Learning about the peers in South Africa was both motivational as well as useful as they could witness the positive outcomes of applying these universally applicable concepts and strategies. The colleagues in the region also had the opportunity to learn innovative moderation techniques.

During her visit she also addressed the members of the India FNF Alumni Network (IFAN) and other liberal friends on 'Winning Strategies for Liberal Politics: Lessons from South Africa'. The discussion was well captured in an article published in an Indian magazine-Governance Now,
http://www.governancenow.com/views/columns/lessons-political -opposition

Against the background of the fact that the Foundation’s Head Office is currently looking at ways and means of how to improve the knowledge management within the Foundation and how to become a learning organisation, resource exchanges like this are a successful method of FNF knowledge management and organisational learning.
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