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  • 1. Information, Communication (& Knowledge) Management strategies in Africa Krishan Bheenick Snr Programme Coordinator (Knowledge Management) 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 2. Lessons learnt from implementing PSTAD project (2007-2013)? • Diversity of ARD and ICT environments existing in African countries • Rural population and small holders live far from connectivity • Innovations occur at local scale (communities) • Knowledge sharing to support innovations needs to occur at several levels 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 3. Lessons learnt from implementing PSTAD project (2007-2013)? • Despite progress made in capacity development on the use of ICTs and Innovation platforms among the NARS, a lot remains to be done… • Technology also changes with time as capacity to use such technologies is strengthened • Approaches developed and tested have to be adapted locally for best impact… 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 4. Lessons learnt from implementing PSTAD project (2007-2013)? • Regular opportunities for personal interactions, professional exchanges and capacity building through the PSTAD project have established a strong Community of Practice among the RAILS and DONATA teams, at national, subregional and regional level. • The CoP can increasingly complement physical meetings through online interactions 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 5. Lessons learnt from implementing PSTAD project (2007-2013)? • Good practices in Information, Communication and Knowledge management (ICKM) have to be promoted and adopted at all levels, in order to: – enable effectiveness of innovation systems among collaborating partners – Document and share knowledge about innovations at local multi-stakeholder level; value chain level, commodity-sector, national and sub-regional levels 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 6. CTA’s Strategic Goals 2011-2015 1. Support well informed, inclusive agricultural policy processes and strategies in ACP regions 2. Promote smallholder agricultural value chains 3. Strengthen the information, communication and knowledge management capacities of ACP institutions and networks (ICT4D; ICKM; M&E; CIARD Movement) 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 7. Strengthening skills methodologies and tools for •
  • 8. Trends in ICT4D at CTA 2007-2013 • ICT4D: (web 2.0 technology, social media) – CTA led Web 2.0 Learning Opportunities (f2f group) – Online modules on social media (IMARK CD individual) – Online course on social media applications (UNITAR – group learning) • ICT4D now: – Social media and mobile applications for AR&D – Open Data – National e-agriculture strategies 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 9. Trends in ICKM at CTA 2007-2013 • ICM: CTA Publications, Info Management – Information needs assessments – country level – CTA led ICM Strategy development manuals (facilitators’ guide and Users’ guide) (f2f group) – Online module Strategic Approach to Agric Information (IMARK CD individual) • ICKM (or Knowledge Management) now: – KM integrating ICM, M&E and innovation (KM scans) – KM advocacy materials (KM Tree) – Knowledge Management curriculum (?) 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 10. Capacity building in ICKM 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 11. Trends in M&E 2007-2013 • M&E: – CTA, IICD & KIT SMART Toolkit for M&E of Information Projects, Products and Services (Publication, 3-day awareness, 5-day training EN & FR (f2f group) – French version of SMART Toolkit & CD-ROM version • Organisational Learning, M & E now: – Joint learning for Organisational Development; Outcome & Impact Indicators – Impact Pathway analysis & Impact Stories – SMART Toolkit as a wiki version for updates 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 12. Trends in CIARD Movement-2013 • CIARD 2013- – AR4D shifting to be more inclusive; M&E as a strong component; Content Management CoP; Expanded set of pathways; Advocacy and best practices documentation • CIARD-CTA medium term contribution? – Integration of ICM strategy development, M&E materials & KM scans in toolkit for CIARD movement – Use of pathways as a guide for self- assessment, indicator of institutional development and guide to signposted learning resources 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 13. Integrated KM to support Food Security in Africa 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013 ICT4D ICM & KM M&E Organisational Learning Impact Analysis Regional Sub-Regional National (NARS) Organisational (Institution; Network; value chain) Innovation Platform Commodity-based Information and Knowledge Management Platforms (Physical & virtual interactions; Web- mediated; professional exchanges; knowledge capturing, curation, sharing and exchange Information and Knowledge Management Platforms (Physical & virtual interactions; Web- mediated; professional exchanges; knowledge capturing, curation, sharing and exchange The KM tree
  • 14. 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013 The KM tree approach The KM scan results
  • 15. Some areas for collaboration 1. Increased opportunities for personal interaction and improved techniques for technology-based personal interaction, collective reflection and documentation of such reflection 2. Mutual recognition of the roles, responsibilities and dependence of actors along the Value chain, commodity chain, innovation system and knowledge management system 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 16. Some areas for collaboration 3. Harmonisation of data exchange formats and usability along the value chain, commodity chain and innnovation system 4. Improved interoperability and harmonisation of information sharing formats, knowledge capture, curation, sharing and exchange 5. Harmonisation of M&E Indicators and measurement along the VC, CC & Innovation system for improved aggregation 6th AASW Side Event: Information and Knowledge for Food Security Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 2013
  • 17. CTA 2013 Annual Conference • 4-8 November 2013, Kigali, Rwanda • 400 participants including farmers organisations • Focus on ICT for Agriculture • Broad media coverage • 1 day innovation discovery (Plug and Play Day) • 3 day conference • 1 day on the field • + Exhibition • + Hackathon • + 3 competitions’ awards