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This guidebook in Nepali is published by SAP International and Bellanet with an objective of promoting the use of free and open source softwares in Nepal. The guidebook contains details of basic free and open source softwares like wordprocessor, emial client, calculator, etc with proper instructions for the user to install and operate the software. Published in Nepali, the book is expected to be useful for penetration of FOSS at the grassroots.

If you want to know more about the book, please contact hshrestha (AT) bellanet.org (repalce AT with @)

Open Space at a glance is a booklet produced to share the concepts and procedures of Open Space Technology. Open Space Technology provides an interactive space where participans choose areas of discussion that they care about most. Written  in  simple language and illustrated in an intresting manner, this booklet is expected to be helpful for facilitators around the globe willing to adopt Open Space Technology.

If you are interested in this publication, send your email to bbista (AT) bellanet.org - (replace ' AT ' with @)

 

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. Harambee assists its proponents and partners in supporting specific networks and communities in Africa by increasing their respective capacities to facilitate and coordinate such groups. Through the implementation of focus network pilot activities, provision of channels for knowledge sharing, a small grant facility and the development of research and training materials, Harambee is increasing the capacity of network coordinators and ultimately the effectiveness of the networks themselves.

This case study provides a brief background of Harambee and presents its approach to development through strengthening networks. It also presents some of the key lessons learned as well as what it sees as the major challenges that lie ahead.

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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.

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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. In order for networks to work in a more effective and efficient way, to achieve a higher impact and to become more sustainable, capacity building is often essential. This issue addresses the question of how capacity building for networking can be made more effective and what capacity building strategies and approaches are required to allow networks to perform better.

This issue consists of three papers, three case studies, a dialogue, a book review and a story, as well as the regular KM4Dev Community Notes feature. Geographically, contributions have been submitted form various regions including Latin America, Africa, India and Europe. The papers and case studies cover a wide range of topics related to capacity building for networking, including challenges networks are facing and that require capacity building; social network analysis as a tool to analyse the situation and to identify starting points for capacity building; descriptions of three capacity building programmes for networking; a practical case of how a network contributed to capacity building; and last but not least, a contribution giving an overview of various formal and informal approaches for knowledge sharing capacity development.

Link to KM4dev Journal, Vol 2, No 2 (2006)

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:

‘Knowledge management and social learning: exploring the cognitive dimension of development’ by Sebastião Darlan Mendonça Ferreira and Marcos Neto

 

‘The culture of a knowledge fair: lessons from an international organization’ by Barbara

Collins, Rafael Diez de Medina and Anne Trebilcock

 

‘Building knowledge from the practice of local communities’ by Ceasar McDowell,

Andrea Nagel, Susana Williams and Claudia Canepa

 

‘Elective affinities? Reflections on the enduring appeal of knowledge management for the development sector’ by Giulio Quaggiotto

 

‘Bridging the gap between research and practice’ by Julie E. Ferguson

 

‘The culture of management or the management of culture: a case study of the Rural

Women’s Association, South Africa’ by Chris Burman

 

One case study

‘The Eastern Indonesia Knowledge Exchange – a journey of change’ by Petrarca Karetji

 

One story

‘Culture, learning and surviving a PhD: a journey in search of my own path’ by CamiloVilla

 

In addition to Katty Marmenout’s interview with Professor Clive Holtham on

‘Knowledge and culture: learning from the past’, the Community Notes by Urs Karl

Egger gives a glimpse into the workings of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Renewal Project. Finally, Sibrenne Wagenaar has provided a Review of Steve Denning’s latest book on story telling.

 

This edition of the Journal reflects some of the challenge of looking at culture and reconfirms the richness of this theme. The importance and vastness of the cultural dimension of sharing knowledge for development also underlines the considerable work yet ahead. Let us open the box of Pandora for a third time, to go beyond hope, and further enhance our understanding of the role of culture, as an input, output and a factor to effectively and efficiently share knowledge for quality and quantitative development.

 

Link to KM4dev Journal, Vol 1, No 3 (2005)

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.

A great deal has been written about approaches to promote KS and KM in general within the private sector – particularly in multinational corporations. In contrast, there is much less documentation on approaches that have been developed or adapted and applied in public and non-governmental organisations. This issue of KM4Dev presents papers on experiences with KS in international development organisations, with the goals of highlighting strategies and approaches used to foster KS in diverse settings and presenting their results.
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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. One alternative is to exploit the opportunities that annual meetings and workshops offer for testing and demonstrating the value of knowledge sharing (KS) approaches. The idea is to move away from conventional presentations and plenary discussions to a dynamic process of face-to-face communication that is more effective at promoting KS.

Managers and staff of four CGIAR centres explored this alternative through pilot initiatives in which they used a variety of KS approaches, including Open Space, Peer Assists, After Action Reviews, Knowledge Fairs and collaborative tools, specifically Dgroups and an online meeting planner. Special attention was given to the crucial role of group facilitation and the need for modernizing management systems and practices. This paper, based on the authors’ experience and participants’ evaluations of the pilot initiatives, outlines the approaches developed by two of the four centres, describes the challenges they faced, and draws some conclusions about future directions.

 

 

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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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