1. How does the network benefit your organisation?
IICD has experienced that there is a better awareness and information flow about the activities of other Dutch organisations. Knowing what others are doing helps to share ideas and initiate collaborations. There is a better understanding of the approach (and reasons behind specific activities) of member organisations and their local partners.
2. Please give an example of a joint action, in which the APF network played a visible role.
The various Multi-Stakeholder Workshops were very important to kick-start the discussion on how to shape collaborations between Dutch members. After brokering the first phase (by the APF support office) the actual collaboration needs to be confirmed by the members.
3. If you were in charge, what should the APF network look like in 5 years’ time?
Within the Agri-Hubs there should be more clustering between (Dutch) organisations on specific topics. There should be smaller clusters within the larger Agri-Hubs and the potential and strength of each (Dutch) organisation should be better used in complementary actions and division of activities. Working in smaller clusters improves building up relations based on mutual trust. Next to the smaller clusters, the larger ones at country as well as regional levels should also stay intact to keep up the overarching cooperation. If possible, alike clusters are created in the various APF countries, with a more or less uniform approach as this stimulates exchange beyond borders.
4. How will your organisation contribute to the APF network in the next 2 years?
IICD will continue to be an active member and we will look at how we can really contribute to the network. As an active member we will offer our expertise and services in ICT to the network. At country level we will foster active and continuous exchange with the local APF office.
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