GFRAS working groups are composed of a group of GFRAS affiliates or members actively working around a thematic topic, usually across regions and organisations. They are formed on a demand-driven basis and with the direction of the GFRAS steering committee. Working group members show a keen interest to regularly participate in the implementation and development of the GFRAS strategy and organisational development around their topic

How do GFRAS Working Groups Operate? What are Key Elements?

GFRAS working groups have a small core of people (5-10) who exchange over email and face-to-face on a topic to gain a common understanding, develop a concept note, prioritise an issue, engage with regions on that topic, and/or develop a product. Working groups often function as an advisory group to a consultant who is paid by GFRAS or a collaborating organisation to develop a product. Results of the working groups are often shared at the GFRAS Annual Meeting and other relevant events in order to validate and promote the results. Working group members/institutions will be recognised in the product.

Duties of the working groups include

  • Making time available to respond to requests and provide inputs on specific content issues from the secretariat, consultants, or regional networks;
  • Developing strategies, outreach, and deliverables on thematic issues;
  • Providing inputs into discussions and strategy development at global, regional and national level;
  • Making links to the regions or to specific interest groups and working closely with regional affiliates and members; and
  • Implementing time-bound activities.

For more information, see the GFRAS Charter.

How to become part of a GFRAS working group?

To become part of a GFRAS working group, please contact the lead persons listed below with information about why you want to join and what you and your organisation will contribute to the group.


Working group Capacity Strengthening

The GFRAS working group on capacity strengthening produced the New Extensionist, which then led to the formation of the GFRAS Consortium on Extension Education and Training (a community of practice).