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Real Time Emergent Learning (RTEL): a promising approach for adaptive programming

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:11 authored by Hakim Hadjel
In the WASH sector, learning is too often an afterthought in programme design and insufficient in practice. The Real Time Emergent Learning (RTEL) approach is a framework that has been used to help set up systematic learning and nurture a culture of learning collectively for rapid programmatic adaptations. RTEL is characterised by 4 principles and a focus on making learning: real-time, networked, evolving and reflexive’. When facilitated and nurtured, this approach has the potential to create the conditions for learning to emerge from practice and help inform operational and strategic decision making. So far, the shift to a real-time learning mode in two of GSF supported programmes (Kenya and Cambodia) has resulted in significant changes. The aim of this paper is to present the conceptual framework, how some of the concepts are applied in practice, the challenges, and some reflections points.



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HADJEL, H., 2017. Real Time Emergent Learning (RTEL): a promising approach for adaptive programming. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2733, 6pp.


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