P2P learning builds on the idea of peers learning directly from each other’s experiences of enabling effective reforms for development, with lessons being assessed and adapted to fit local contexts and circumstances.
There are many forms of peer learning. It typically involves individuals, teams or organisations within a country or from two or more countries coming together as “peers" – practitioners often directly involved in doing reform – to exchange knowledge and experiences.
Peer learning alliances are a growing form of support for institutional partnerships and development, due to their practical, egalitarian and reciprocal nature, and a growing variety of P2P approaches are being adopted. In donor countries, more and more aid is being delivered through line ministries and institutions, outside of the traditional development cooperation sector, and through direct institutional twinning or partnership arrangements. Examples include south-south, triangular and decentralised cooperation.