Rapid Appraisal / Stakeholder Exchange Workshop


This workshop brings your organization and partners together for a joint analysis of a development issue or to make improvements in a particular sector or program. It helps all the partners acquire a broader understanding of the existing situation, the key actors involved and the issues that need to be addressed. It is also a forum for jointly identifying the most promising actions or measures to help your development initiative move forward rapidly and with a solid foundation.


  • Obtain a participatory and ‘whole system’ appraisal of the issues in a particular problem, theme, sector or program (e.g. whole-of-government, sector-wide etc.)
  • Assess the needs, understand the context, enable stakeholders to exchange perspectives and have dialogue on what needs to happen
  • Promote learning between/among stakeholders
  • Establish trust, relationships and common ground and
  • Build a shared commitment for practical action.

Who is this for?

Development partners engaged in a program or sector wide approach, international programs, projects, missions and events involving intercultural and multi-stakeholder collaboration.

When and where?

Workshops may be held at any time during an international collaboration. Workshops must bring together the partners involved and will be held where the greatest number of key players can meet, either in Canada or abroad.

How can I register?

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Additional information

For more information, please communicate with the Centre at:

Telephone: 343-203-8400

Toll free (in Canada): 1-800-852-9211

Facsimile: 819-997-5409

Facsimile toll-free (in Canada): 1-877-723-1604

Email: cultures@international.gc.ca

Participant comments

“What we learned during the workshop on marsh management in southern Iraq significantly influenced how we designed and developed the project."

Clayton Rubek, Associate Director, Canada-Iraq Marshland Initiative (CIMI), on the workshop held in Jordan in June 2004.

“The Workshops methodology really ensured that everyone participated and took a proactive stance.”

“The workshop… positioned harmonization and alignment as key principles to incorporate in common courses of action.”

“… the workshop has motivated those providing technical assistance to channel their assistance to national, departmental, municipal and local levels as a function of their competencies.”

“The cooperation agencies present in the workshop... have heard directly from actors (outside of the Ministry of Health) without intermediaries, and become conscious of the roles of these various actors within civil society and at the sub-national level.”

“I believe that people meeting and expressing their perspectives and priorities is the first step to generating coordination and collaboration. No coordination and collaboration is possible if we don't know about the work, needs and interests of the other actors.”

“Four positive results: revealed a multiplicity of opinions, helped the dialogue, improved everyone's participation, and produced a precedent.”

Participants in a Bolivia Health Sector Rapid Appraisal Workshop in La Paz, Bolivia, November 2010