Community Knowledge Service Introduction

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  • Knowledge service should connect the ‘dots’ and grow them into patches (grass fire analogy)
  • Explain this isn’t an overview of all dialogue spaces…but key ones related to knowledge sharing recommendations & activities…
  • Recognise this is not all recommendations that came out of dialogue spaces – just those focussed on knowledge and learning
    Overall, the recommendation has been to form an International Knowledge Fund that is Community- governed, supporting community-led innovation, knowledge-sharing & learning processes such as dialogue spaces, knowledge networks and learning exchange methodology at the global, national and regional level.
    For example, at the Community Shamba, communities called on partners and donors to invest in community knowledge sharing and learning processes, also to support communities to document their practices and expertise.
    At the Commons communities recommended that there should be an International Community Knowledge Fund to support local level innovation and the transfer of knowledge and expertise between communities. (Clarify that the recommendation to form a Planning Committee was made during EP side meeting).
    Based on these recommendations, at an initial consultation at the Taba, communities recommended that a community knowledge service should:
    - Work through partners to deliver knowledge exchange/learning programs
    - Respect linguistic and cultural differences
    - Protect communities intellectual property rights
    - And, ensure that there are incentives for communities to share their practices and expertise.
  • Supporting participating communities to….
    Document their knowledge / practices
    Articulate knowledge needs (& gaps…)
    (Appropriate formats for knowledge sharing…)
    Addressing management practices, access challenges, market based issues
  • Develop long-term bottom-up processes that empower local communities to transform their realities by sharing their expertise with other local communities experiencing similar opportunities and challenges
    Strengthen opportunities for local communities to share their knowledge
    and expertise with the broader range of stakeholders whose decisions
    and activities locally, nationally and internationally impact upon
    community livelihoods. For example NGOs, policy makers, researchers, etc.
    Mobilise the direct delivery of finances and resources to the
    community-level, in support of local-level innovation to
    enable adaptation and application of newly acquired
    knowledge.
  • Long-term community knowledge-sharing and learning platforms established by community-based practitioners and partners from the ecosystem-level upwards – with co-ordination between local, regional, and international levels.
    An international strategy to mobilise partner resources and financing to support direct investment in community-led development and natural resources conservation on a globally meaningful scale.
    A broad coalition of partners representing local communities,
    CBOs, NGOs, researchers, public agencies and private sector
    partners share the common CKS vision and are collectively
    working to support grassroots community leadership, building
    upon diverse strengths and synergies.
    Regional processes engaging community-based practitioners and key partners are established….so that Community representatives participating in the Knowledge Service are more effectively supported to document their knowledge, expertise and lessons learnt for sharing with other communities and a broader range of stakeholders (within conservation and development sectors).
    Desired outcomes of the International Facility….A fund that supports communities to share knowledge, and apply knowledge that they’ve learnt to strengthen their practices….
    The Community knowledge service should support skill development and facilitate access for communities to represent themselves in policy processes at national, regional and international level - their input should be documented in policy documents and demonstrated in tagible policy outcomes.
  • Initial focus on selected regions. If successful, it is anticipated the Service would be scaled up after 2010 to serve communities around the world.
    International Facility and Secretariat - to co-ordinate regional activities and mobilize finance for the overall process.
    The first phase of the Community Knowledge Service should be focused on partnership ie. Working with a large number of partners to build on existing strengths.
  • Initial focus on selected regions. If successful, it is anticipated the Service would be scaled up after 2010 to serve communities around the world.
    International Facility and Secretariat - to co-ordinate regional activities and mobilize finance for the overall process.
    The first phase of the Community Knowledge Service should be focused on partnership ie. Working with a large number of partners to build on existing strengths.
  • At a regional and/or national-level, the first phase of the Knowledge Service could support a group of community representatives to develop and test their own ‘knowledge-exchange and learning’ processes, with support from partners as requested.
    The Knowledge Service could possibly play two key roles within each region.
    The first could be to support participating communities to share their knowledge with other communities.
    Knowledge-sharing could take place at regional, national and/or local level, depending on scale might be most useful..
    Knowledge-sharing could be focused on specific management approaches, issues and/or policy challenges, depending on what is considered a priority.
    The second role of the Knowledge Service could be to strengthen the voice of local communities in key regional and/or national policy processes.
    Regional-level activities that the Knowledge Service could support include: community-to-community exchange visits, information sharing workshops, leadership training etc. could be organized to support knowledge sharing.
    Opportunities for number of tools to support knowledge sharing could be tested
    Give examples of possible themes / issues for knowledge sharing….eg management strategies, market issues etc….
    Regional activities could also play a role in strengthening opportunities for community represenatives to engage in key national and regional policy processes. For example, national strategies to deliver the Millennium Development Goals or the Convention on Biological Diversity. To support effective participation, some of the financing allocated to regional activities could be used to develop community-led leadership, advocacy and negotiation training activities.
    The Knowledge Service could play a role in making existing information and resources (developed by international NGOs, research organizations, UN agencies etc) more available to communities. For example, information on policy issues, markets and/or on resource management strategies, depending on what might be useful.
    The Knowledge Service could provide a platform to strengthen collaboration between local communities and other stakeholders working in the region. For example UN country offices, conservation NGOs, research organizations etc. The aim would be to encourage these organizations to more effectively support community-led initiatives, in ways that have been requested by the communities.
    The Knowledge Service could also play a role in making space at the national and regional level for communities in policy processes.
  • Recognize processes and ongoing activities that the Community Knowledge Service should be desinged to support - emphasize that we are not starting from scratch…
    Community-to-community exchanges
    Dialogue spaces and workshops
    Leadership training opportunities
    Participatory video / radio
    Web-based knowledge networks
    Local resources centres
    Written documents (case studies, posters etc)
  • The International Community Knowledge Facility would support and co-ordinate processes in the regions. As called for during the Community Commons, the Facility should aim to be governed and directed by a committee of local community representatives with partner support. To provide effective support, the International Facility (through its Secretariat) could play several key roles:
    Roles:
    The Facility could provide a mechanism to ensure strong inter-linkages between ongoing regional processes. It could also facilitate the international sharing of knowledge and resources generated within each region. For example, resources might include examples of case studies, policy recommendations etc.
    The International Facility could act as an interface. It could adapt and communicate outputs from regional activities to a broader range of stakeholders internationally. These stakeholders could include other networks of community-based practitioners and their partners, policy makers, research institutions, development and conservation agencies etc.
    A key role of the Facility (and its Secretariat) should be fundraising to sustain financing for ongoing activities within each region. This international body could help link potential (international) funders with community-based initiatives within each region and/or help channel international financing directly to community-based organizations. Mobilise financing to SUPPORT APPLICATION/ADAPTATION OF ACQUIRED KNOLWEDGE - Direct support for the application and/or adaptation of the knowledge learned during the exchange.
    The Facility could also play a lobbying role, advocating for changes in existing donor financing frameworks to more effectively meet community needs.
    Building upon the existing community dialogue space model, the Facility could play a role in strengthening community voices and expertise within strategic international policy processes. For example, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Millennium Development Goals etc.
  • Overview of funding status
    A budget of $US 100,000 is currently available - From September 2006 (for design and implementation) -To support community-based knowledge sharing & documentation activities
    Current funding particularly supports activities in Central America & East Africa with additional finances for International activities
    Funding from TerrAfrica and the World Bank Development Grant Facility
    Further funding is currently being sought to support the process. Promising sources include the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Christiansen Fund.
    Clarify that activities also particularly supporting ecoag-related activities.
    The committee will be primarily composed of community representatives (workshop participants?), with representation from key partners as necessary.
  • Clearly articulated process, incl , assigned community and partner roles and responsibilities for project design and planning.
  • Community Knowledge Service Introduction

    1. 1. Community Knowledge Service International Strategic Planning Meeting 26-27th October 2007 Bangalore
    2. 2. How do we enable communities to share and build their knowledge? - Moving to scale (quality and quantity) from isolated cases to widespread application and successful innovation - Application of knowledge gained: moving from learning to implementation The Challenge:
    3. 3. Process so far… June ‘03 Learning from Community Action to realise MDGs, Nairobi Feb. ’04 Community Kampung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sept. ‘04 Community Shamba, Nairobi, Kenya June ‘05 Community Commons, New York, USA March ‘06 Community Taba, Curitiba, Brazil Sept. ’06 Community Knowledge Service Workshop, Berlin, Germany Regional CKS planning: initial meetings & process development October ‘07 CKS International, 2nd Planning Meeting, Bangalore, India
    4. 4. Community Recommendations …from Dialogue Space Declarations 2002-2006 Invest in community knowledge-sharing and learning processes Support communities to document their practices Form a Knowledge Service Planning Committee A Community Knowledge Service should: - Work through partners to deliver knowledge services - Ensure incentives for communities to share their knowledge - Respect language differences - Protect communities’ Intellectual Property
    5. 5. To enable local community representatives share their expertise more broadly, and apply newly acquired knowledge to strengthen and scale-up their work to enhance livelihoods while sustaining and conserving biodiversity. Community Knowledge Service Goal:
    6. 6. • Develop long-term bottom-up processes that empower local communities to transform their realities by sharing their expertise with…. – other local communities experiencing similar opportunities & challenges – the broader range of stakeholders whose decisions and activities impact community livelihoods. • Facilitate the scaling up of effective community-led development processes to achieve globally meaningful impacts. • Mobilise direct delivery of finances & resources to the community-level, to enable adaptation & application of newly acquired knowledge. Community Knowledge Service Objectives ……as articulated at 1st Strategic Planning Meeting…as articulated at 1st Strategic Planning Meeting…
    7. 7. • More effective support for community-led documentation of knowledge, expertise and lessons learnt for sharing • Long-term knowledge-sharing and learning platforms established from the ecosystem-level upwards – with co- ordination between local, regional, and international levels. • Community expertise better integrated in decision-making on rural development and biodiversity conservation at local, national and international levels. • A broad coalition of partners share the common CKS vision and are collectively working to support grassroots community leadership, building upon diverse strengths and synergies. Community Knowledge Service Desired OutcomesDesired Outcomes …as articulated at 1st CKS International Strategic Planning Meeting…
    8. 8. Work Plan Overview  Initial 18-month timeline (2006-2008) for design and first phase  Two main program components 1. Regional knowledge-sharing & learning processes (Asia; Central America; East Africa) 2. An International Support Program & Secretariat  Design & Governance by an international group of community representatives, with support from national and international partners Community Knowledge Service:
    9. 9. Community Knowledge Service: Overview QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    10. 10. Develop a set of regional knowledge-sharing & learning activities… Linking with ongoing initiatives, building partnerships… Possible Activities:  Documenting community knowledge (Videos? Radio? Posters? Internet?)  Leadership development opportunities (Leadership Training? Skill development?)  Knowledge sharing activities on key challenges & opportunities (Management Strategies? Policy? Markets?)  Improve access to useful resources from NGOs, research organizations…  Strengthening community representation in key policy processes (Regionally? Nationally?) Program Component 1: Regional & National Activities
    11. 11. Possible tools and links to ongoing activities…..  Community knowledge networks (incl. GTLP, GROOTS International, Talamanca Initiative, Landcare)  Community-to-community learning exchanges (incl. GROOTS Kenya & partners)  Dialogue spaces and workshops (incl. UNDP Equator Initiative and partners) Community-led documentation & knowledge sharing processes  Participatory video, radio, posters….  Local Knowledge Centres (incl. MS Swaminathan Fdn) Program Component 1: Regional & National Activities
    12. 12. Purpose: To support & co-ordinate ongoing activities in each region  Coordinate and inter-link ongoing regional activities  Support regional activities on tools and methods to document and share knowledge (across regions & stakeholders)  Communicate regional outputs to international stakeholders  Mobilise financing to support knowledge sharing processes and the application of knowledge gained  Strengthen community engagement in key international policy processes: eg. CBD, MDGs, etc. Component 2: International Program
    13. 13. Current Funds:Current Funds: ~$80,000 invested in Community-based knowledge sharing and documentation activities (EP & partners) ~$80,000 in International Secretariat Costs Fundraising Proposals Submitted:Fundraising Proposals Submitted: - CKS Africa: Gates Foundation - CKS Asia: Christensen Fund - CKS Central America: Norwegian Development Fund, via ANAI Target:Target: ???????? Financing Strategy
    14. 14. Desired Workshop Outcomes (Draft) • Workshop participants share a common vision on the aims, objectives and desired outcomes of the Community Knowledge Service. • A clearly articulated process and timeline to design, implement and finance the initial phase of the Community Knowledge Service to launch at COP9, plus long-term vision (2007-2015 - elements of a strategic plan) • An interim governance structure (and project co-ordination committee) established. • A strategy to mobilize funding and resources to take the process forward

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