The meeting in Bangkok from 26-28 April 2011 brought together 24 tripartite constituents from eight countries, and 8 ILO specialists, including from ACTRAV and ACTEMP (see List of Participants in annex 2). The objectives of the event were to introduce the concept of communities of practice, to share experience from the ILO with regards to the existing communities in the region, and to identify IR challenges and practical responses for Asia and the Pacific. The participants, who make up the “founding members” of AP-IRNet, were introduced to the mechanics of CoPs during the three day workshop, and developed the niche and work plan for AP-IRNet, including a timeline and concrete activities for the short-term (up to three months), medium term (three to six months) and long term (one year). Financial support was provided by ROAP, DIALOGUE, and ILO Country Offices in New Delhi, Beijing and Vietnam.
During the first day of the Visioning Event the participants got an opportunity to get to know each other better, through a sociogramming exercise where they learned that there were more than 220 years of IR experience in the group. The participants also gained a better understanding of what a community of practice is and what it does.
Session4- Consolidated Story Telling: The participants were asked to each share a specific story about IR practices, policies, programs, initiatives, expertise etc.with their respective groups.They were then instructed to decide on the best story in the group and share it with the workshop.
The second day of the event focused on the thematic areas, namely IR developments in Southeast, South and East Asia. The group also agreed on a niche, topics, themes, products and services for AP-IRNet
This is a consolidated presentation of what was agreed on in terms of determining a niche, working areas, topics, products, services for AP-IRNet.
The most important part of the third and final day of the event was the development of a roadmap of action for AP-IRNet- who will do what and when?
AP-IRNet Visioning Workshop Report.
Consolidated Workshop Evaluation from the AP-IRNet Visioning Event 26-28 April 2011.