Knowledge Sharing

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In the course of their various activities, the Harambee Project proponents recognized that processes supporting collaboration and partnership are critical to enhancing the participation of Africans in their own development. There is both an immediate and strong need in Africa for capacity development in the design of processes that assist in the creation, use and sharing of knowledge, and in the use of ICTs to support such engagement.

In this section of the Journal, KM4Dev members revisit and reflect on past mailing list discussions. In this Issue, Lucie Lamoureux looks back on discussion threads that focused on knowledge sharing capacity development. This specific Community Notes was also developed as an entry in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Renewal Project.

Networks are acknowledged as effective information, communication and coordination mechanisms in development cooperation. Considerable work has been done in international cooperation to support the establishment and management of networks on local, regional and international levels in the developed and developing world, and various stakeholders strengthen capacities for networking. However, many networks struggle with similar challenges.

The purpose of this issue is to present some recent experiences of knowledge sharing and culture by practitioners who have been involved in planning, introducing, and mainstreaming knowledge sharing approaches and processes in development organizations. This issue is strongly linked to the KM4Dev annual meeting on the same subject which took place at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva on 20-21 June 2005.

This issue contains six articles:

International development organisations and their national and local partners are creating a wealth of knowledge that can help the poor build sustainable livelihoods. However, this knowledge, for one reason or another, is often retained by individuals and groups and is not widely shared within or among organisations.

Annual meetings are a long-standing tradition in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and an essential tool by which the international centres supported by the CGIAR plan and review their work. As centres have decentralised their operations, the costs of these events have grown, so both managers and staff have begun seeking ways to extract greater returns from the increased investment in international travel and staff time.

For the first issue of KM4D Journal, whom better to interview than Lucie Lamoureux, the moderator of the journal's home base Knowledge Management for Development community (KM4Dev)?

KM4Dev – think you know the community? Test your knowledge as Lucie unveils the background and development of KM4Dev, and reveals what we can expect from it in the next few months.

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