A guest post by Shannon Dowd from PATH

Last week, PATH hosted a regional LINGOs meet-up in one of their hub offices, Nairobi. As the LINGOs key contact at PATH for the last 8 years, I have had the privilege of attending several regional meet-ups in Seattle, New York and North Carolina. And you know what made this meet-up different? The location and people; that was it.

Here before me sat 15 professionals from 7 different LINGOs organizations who work in and around the learning space. We all came together for the same reason: meet other LINGOs members, share ideas, and strengthen relationships. It was a great mix of expertise and the conversation was rich.

The agenda was fluid, allowing the group to dictate what we wanted to discuss and how in-depth to do it. Discussion topics that emerged are ones that we can all relate to: staff development in view of constraint and limited resources; eLearning platforms and tools; partnering with stakeholders such as IT to ensure smooth integration and support; successes of recent rollouts; and how to market our offerings. Lucy Wariara from ACID/VOCA came with a specific goal which was to brainstorm ideas for an upcoming learning event she was tasked to manage. As a group, we discussed her goals and audience and made recommendations. Clarice Gathura from Forum Syd wanted to attend as a pre-conference to the upcoming Global Learning Forum this September at PATH. This will be her first Global Forum meeting and she wanted to get a better understanding of what will take place and how best to prepare.

If you missed the opportunity to join us, don’t worry. The next Nairobi meet-up will most likely take place in October where Clarice will disseminate what she learned at the Global Learning Forum in September. Stay tuned for details.
Back row, L to R: Mercy Kanja – Jhpiego, Jacob Musee – CIGAR, Linet Mdede – Goal Global, Emma Owaka – Ipas, Amos Langat – Forum Syd, Anthony Musyimi – GOAL Global, Mathew Komen – Forum Syd, Shannon Dowd – PATH
Front row, L to R:, Clarice Gathura – Forum Syd, Donna Wangui – Technoserve , Jane Auma – Nuru International Kenya, Nuru Ayiemba – PATH, Maggie Gituma – PATH


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