What a year for our growing blogging community!

In 2016 we celebrated the blog’s second anniversary. With around 70 percent of the staff contributing to the blog, this year proved that we are committed to constantly learn, reflect and share. Moreover, it makes us proud that a growing number of readers follow our reflections, whereas two thirds of the readers are returning visitors.

We established the blog to capture our idea of a knowledge hub. Our self-questioning and exploring has been reflected in many blog posts over the year, for example in Creating space to learn and connect, Empowering regional change agents, and Characteristics of SEE learners. As expressed by Jana Repanšek in one post, learning and supporting change is in the center of our work. “We want to equip public officials with knowledge and a network that will give them confidence, so that they can feel inspired and empowered to approach challenging tasks and make a difference for their team, their institution, and their country,” said Jana.

In the context of the notion of “development always involves change”, understanding reform processes and new concepts for facilitating reforms was another topic addressed by our authors. You can find their contributions in the following blog posts: Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation, Peer learning initiatives, and Putting leadership into context.

Many of this year’s blog posts talked about online approaches, exploring implications of social theory of learning, and reflecting on learning innovations. Which of our stories were the most popular? The growing number of readers ­– in 2016 more than four thousand – favored these:

We would like to thank all the contributors for giving us many great stories in 2016 and joining us on our learning journey.

Stay tuned for more interesting stories in 2017!

Your editors Ajda, Kaja, Polona


About Kaja Jurtela

Kaja works with public accountants and auditors in South East Europe. She designs and develops learning and knowledge initiatives to engage public finance officials in regional sharing of experience and fostering reform processes. She is involved in research of learning theories and different aspects of public financial management. Her current research project focuses on fiscal transparency: how to define, measure and put it into practice at the national level.

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