Blue Gold Lessons Learnt Wiki
The wiki version of the Lessons Learnt Report of the Blue Gold program documents the experiences of a technical assistance (TA) team working in a development project implemented by the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) over an eight+ year period from March 2013 to December 2021. Blue Gold has rehabilitated and improved the main water infrastructure in 22 coastal polders in south-west Bangladesh and built the capacity of Water Management Groups (WMGs) and Water Management Associations (WMAs) to be the drivers of economic development in the polders – through organisational management, adoption of modern crop technologies and the importance of crop selection, collective purchase of inputs and sales of produce to maximise profitability.
The wiki lessons learnt report (LLR) is intended to complement the BWDB and DAE project completion reports (PCRs), by recording lessons learnt for use in the design and implementation of future interventions in the coastal zone. The aim of this report is to review and analyse approaches and methodologies used in the delivery of Blue Gold, how and why they evolved over the lifetime of Blue Gold with reasons for the adaptations and adjustments that were introduced and an explanation for the timing of the intervention.
Whilst Blue Gold will end in December 2021, much of the lessons learnt report will have been written in 2020 and early 2021 while the principal contributors in the TA team remained in place. But the completion of some sections of the report will only be possible when, for example, final payments have been made for water infrastructure contracts at end-June 2021, and findings are available from impact surveys conducted in 2021. DAE’s involvement as an implementation partner finished at end-December 2020, whilst BWDB’s involvement continued to end-December 2021.
Meanwhile, in order to pass on the knowledge and experience gained from the implementation of Blue Gold to planners and policy makers working towards the realisation of the Delta Plan, and to those responsible for the design and implementation of future projects in the coastal zone, the report is published in June 2021 in a partially-complete form. Those sections of the report which are either incomplete or missing will be marked accordingly in the draft report, and then finalized before end-December 2021.
In particular, this wiki provides digital versions of documents prepared by the project team, by other organisations through the Innovation Fund and the many valuable references (policy documents, legislation etc) that have provided direction to Blue Gold. Guidance on how to locate a specific document is given in the section File Library. Although the wiki report is in English, many documents were prepared in Bangla for use in training of Blue Gold communities and are also available in the File Library.
Aimed at first-time users, the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page provides answers about the wiki, browsing, files and downloads and points of contact for further information.
Table of Contents: overview[edit | edit source]
To aid navigation through the report, this wiki has been organised into multiple sections and chapters. Within the table (bottom right hand corner), there is a file library to explore the hundreds of files generated or used as references during the 8+year period of Blue Gold. Below you will see multiple navigation boxes, divided and organised for easier use - so that you can browse through the wiki and find the subject matter which is of greatest relevance to you.
|Executive summary: A Call for Action|
Table of contents: detailed view[edit | edit source]
This section of table of contents provides a more detailed view of the contents of each chapter, allowing the reader to navigate directly to a specific subsection.
Executive summary: Call for Action[edit | edit source]
Section A: Background and context[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 01: Overview, Purpose and Structure of Report||Chapter 02: Institutional Setting||Chapter 03: Social, Physical and Environmental Context|
|Chapter 04: Policy framework, history of interventions and project definition|
Section B: Development Outcomes[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 05: Outcomes and Impact from Participatory Water Management||Chapter 06: Outcomes and Impact from Agricultural Development||Chapter 07: Inclusive Development Approach: Outcomes and Impacts from Homestead Based Production|
|Chapter 08: The Outcomes and Impact on the Livelihoods of Women||Chapter 09: The Overall Outcomes and Impacts on the Livelihoods of Coastal Communities in Blue Gold Polders|
Section C: Water Infrastructure[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 10: Coastal Infrastructure||Chapter 11: Investments for Polder Safety and Water Management||Chapter 12: Survey, Design and Procurement|
|Chapter 13: Construction: Progress, Modalities and Lessons Learnt|
Section D: Participatory Water Management[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 14: Consultation and participation in planning||Chapter 15: WMO capacity building||Chapter 16: Women’s participation in water management|
|Chapter 20: Way Forward|
Section E: Agricultural Development[edit | edit source]
Section F: Responsible Development: Inclusion and Sustainability[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 24: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment||Chapter 25: Poverty Focus: development of homestead production||Chapter 26: Poverty focus: Labour Contracting Societies|
|Chapter 27: Sustainability|
Section G: Project Management[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 28: Project Management Arrangements||Chapter 29: Technical Assistance: Context, Scope, Contractual Arrangements and External Service Contracts||Chapter 30: Evolution of TA Organisational Arrangements organisation|
|Chapter 31: Capacity Building||Chapter 32: Agricultural Extension Methods and Communication||Chapter 33: Horizontal learning|
|Chapter 34: Monitoring and evaluation||Chapter 35: Management Information System||Chapter 36: Environmental Due Diligence|
Section H: Innovation Fund[edit | edit source]
|Chapter 37: Purpose, fund evolution and management||Chapter 38: Overview of BGIF Projects||Chapter 39: BGIF Lessons learnt|
Files and others[edit | edit source]
|File library||Glossary and acronyms|