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CTA. 1996. Bellanet. Spore 66. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In 1993 and 1994 donor organizations met at Bellagio, Italy, seeking ways to improve communication for the purpose of widerconsultation on programme planning and delivery. The outcome was the Bellanet initiative, a three-year pilot project...
In 1993 and 1994 donor organizations met at Bellagio, Italy, seeking ways to improve communication for the purpose of wider consultation on programme planning and delivery. The outcome was the Bellanet initiative, a three-year pilot project to implement 'a global forum for sustainable development research and capacity development.' The overall objective of Bellanet is to assist donors and others in the development community to increase their effectiveness through sharing information, experiences and ideas about current and future programming. It is a low-cost communications and process mechanism designed to create closer links among members of the development community. It is not a database or information system but a global electronic forum - a worldwide networking process that encompasses electronic conferencing, e-mail, file sharing and other forms of exchange. Bellanet ensures that member organizations can communicate easily with one another through their existing computer networking systems. This opens the way for the rapid, informal exchange of information and ideas at the early stages of policy, planning and programme development, by providing: facilities for extensive electronic conferences as well as confidential, small-group communications linkages to other dialogue and information services common e-mail directory assistance a common World Wide Web site on the Internet opportunities for technical exchange and the sharing of lessons learned a process for following up on issues. Potential direct benefits to participating organizations include: better access to both internal and external information access to technical advice on computer communications improved communications with colleagues, partners and clients informed decision-making in programme planning and delivery more effective division of labour and reduced costs through collaboration opportunities for concerted strategies and actions on specific issues through topic-based dialogue an opportunity to form partnerships for mutual benefit. Membership is drawn from government-funded donor agencies, private foundations, and United Nations specialized agencies. The Bellanet process is applied both within and among organizations. It connects the many levels within large organizations, and embraces a broad spectrum of organizations involved in the development process. Bellanet is administered through a small secretariat housed within the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada. An International Steering Committee sets policy and membership criteria, and monitors the progress of Bellanet. An Advisory Group on Information Needs (AGIN) advises Bellanet members and the international Steering Committee on the needs of client and recipient communities and the relevance of donor programmes. David Balson, Executive Director Bellanet International Secretariat c/o International Development Research Centre (IDRC) PO Box 8500, Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K 1 G 3H9 Fax: +613 563 3858 - email: email@example.com