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Visioning A Knowledge Network


Presentation given for a visioning workshop for RiPPLE as a potential resource centre / knowledge network.

Presentation given for a visioning workshop for RiPPLE as a potential resource centre / knowledge network.

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  • Resource Centres, also known as Reference Centres, Knowledge Centres, or Centres of Excellence, are much more than documentation centres with a library. They address the need for knowledge and information on all aspects of water supply and sanitation in a number of ways.
  • Cinq années de développement avec CWSA / TREND / WATERAid Les produits du passé : Site web Pages bleues Un revenant Les services du présent : Personne-liaison gestion du savoir Bulletin d’information sur l’innovation Services SMS en cours de développement Ingrédients du succès ? Un travail de comprehension et d’appropriation de 5 ans!!! Maintenant tout le monde parle de GS/KM Une thematique claire / axee autour de projets La mise en oeuvre d’un secretariat a temps plein L’implication des agences gouvernementales pour soutenir
  • Progress (since 2006) Vision document and operational strategy in the area of KM Coordinating office Activities oriented towards linking the needs of the different stakeholder groups with the supply of knowledge and capacities in the sector (different products) Activities for generating new knowledge (innovation)


  • 1. Visioning RiPPLE as a knowledge network Phase 4: Scaling up learning, sharing and coordination?
  • 2. Preamble: why L-S-C?
    • Learning: See the KVC
      • Improve efficiency (inputs, activities, outputs)
      • Improve effectiveness: Be relevant (outcome, impact)
    • Sharing:
      • Social learning is more effective;
      • Pooling resources and achieving synergies
    • Coordinating:
      • Improving the sector;
      • Helping all find their added value niche
  • 3. Overview
    • What is a knowledge resource centre network ?
    • Typical activities
    • Partnership and networking
    • RCNs around the world
    • Lessons learnt
    • Current (worldwide) opportunities for RCN
    • Opportunities for RiPPLE as a RCN
    • What say you?
  • 4. What is a knowledge resource centre network ?
    • A resource centre is: an organisation or a network of organisations that provides independent support services to the water and sanitation sector, geared to making knowledge available to various target groups in a format they can use and tailored to specific information needs.
    • A.K.A. Reference Centres, Knowledge Centres, or Centres of Excellence… not libraries! Not Ethiopian resource centres.
  • 5. Typical RCN activities
    • Providing (physical / virtual) documentation services
    • Collecting and analysing local field practices and experiences
    • Versioning, packaging and disseminating information
    • Publishing newsletters and technical papers
    • Training, advising, coaching and improving the competencies of sector actors through guided learning
    • Facilitating multi-stakeholder learning platforms for change at different levels
    • Thematic action-research on water supply and sanitation (e.g. system/service management, effective support structures, behavioural change in San. & Hyg.
    • Advocacy and promotion
    • Sector coordination in support of gov’t and donor agencies
  • 6. Partnership and networking Client circle Knowledge Provider Circle Resource Centre (Network) National Water Resources database Training Institute Academic Research Group Woreda Department Regional Government CBOs NGOs Water Committees National Government PS
  • 7. RCNs around the world
    • Ghana RCN : the sector convener around peri-urban WaSH issues
    • ZA’s Water Information Network : sector coordinator on local governance
    • RCN Nepal : Technical assistant of WaSH sector
    • RAS-HON(duras) : Sector network for local governance
    • Burkina RCN : Documentation & capitalisation trainer and disseminator
  • 8. Lessons learnt
    • Difficult funding
    • Sensitive relation with Gov’t
    • Strong capacity dev’t & backstopping required
    • Network approach more successful but requires intensive efforts
    • Adaptive planning supportive to sector coordination
    • Start small and expand on basis of results
  • 9. Current (worldwide) opportunities for RCNs
    • Supporting decentralisation gaps
    • Filling institutional void and underfunded governmental agencies
    • Sector coordination trend
    • Networking hype
    • Fame of learning alliances
    • KM, learning & sharing favours
    • Information overload vs. crowd-sourcing (web 2.0)
    • Linkages established with various actors
  • 10. Opportunities for RiPPLE as a RCN
    • Good RiPPLE visibility / recognition
    • Strong network
    • Experience with LPA approach
    • Excellent skills in RO and backstopping
      • RO on facilitation and networking
      • ODI on research and policy processes
      • IRC on learning, sharing, coordination work
    • Neutral facilitator profile (FLoWS etc.)
    • Demand by other actors (see next)
  • 11. Opportunities for RiPPLE as a RCN (2): demands Who’s talking Focus Partner institutions Approach UNICEF Sector documentation & info sharing NGO platforms WASH prog comms strategy SWAP support Incremental Website MoWR research dept. S&H, policy, strategy, technology KIM centre, WASH coord. Committee, MoWr / MoH Integration W/Health High quality / reliable DfID (M. Harvey) Info flows nat’l/regional TVET MoWR WB (research)? Universities Regional WSP M&E, CB, evidence-based info, woreda focus MoWr HIP Participatory Process doc, knowledge flow, implement.
  • 12. Opportunities for RiPPLE as a RCN (3): demands Who’s talking Focus Partner institutions Approach Water Action WASH/ educ/ environment Coordination MoWR Feasibility study, regional pilot, P.D. IDR / AAU CB in A/R, data harmonisation MoWR/MoAgr Unis / K instit. WASH coord off. International & sub-regional Millennium Hyg/San Movement Sector coordin. Health ext. Prog support WASH coord off. RC on HIV (MoH) Regional Developing libraries Plan Ethiopia Information / documentation on WASH MoWR, CRDA’s WSF, WAE, WaSH mov’t Free / open Internet-based Build on existing RiPPLE/WAE/WASH movt KM, info-sharing, coordination MoWr data centre, HAPCO, Ital coop, WaSH movt, PfWS, 40MchUni Incremental, website, regional/woreda-friendly
  • 13. Any question?
  • 14. Knowledge Value Chain Assess Knowledge needs Available Knowledge Develop K knowledge Share Knowledge Use Knowledge Evaluate Knowledge Knowledge Management Process in water and San&Hyg sector
  • 15. L’exemple du Ghana RCN
    • Cinq années de développement
    • Les produits du passé :
      • Site web
      • Pages bleues
      • Plaidoyer pour la gestion du savoir
    • Les services du présent :
      • Evénements et plaidoyer
      • Bulletin d’information
      • « Briefing notes »
      • Services SMS en considération
      • Recherche de fonds pour la gestion du savoir
    • Ingrédients du succès ?
  • 16. L’exemple du Water Information Network (WIN)
    • Un réseau d’organisa-
    • tions travaillant sur la
    • gouvernance locale
    • de l’eau
    • Les produits :
      • Un site web
      • Des pages bleues
      • Des visites d’échange
      • Un calendrier d’événements,
      • Des ateliers et forums de réflexion
      • De nombreuses publications
    • Les défis : Dans le cadre de la décentralisation, garder le cap ou redéfinir un nouveau cap ?
  • 17. L’exemple du RCN Nepal
    • Un réseau de 6 organisations (dont ICRC,
    • WaterAid, ENPHO etc.) depuis 2002
    • MoU, ateliers, formations...
    • Des activités et produits variés:
      • Un guide des acteurs du secteur
      • Un manuel de pièces détachées
      • Des posters
      • Un site web ( )
    • Un passé houleux
    • Un nouveau départ en 2008 !
  • 18. L’exemple de RAS-HON
    • RAS-HON (Red de Agua y Saneamiento Honduras) réseau national de 70 organisations (publiques, ONG, privées et bailleurs de fonds)
    • Dispose de chapitres locaux
    • Une de ses 3 stratégies : promouvoir la gestion du savoir et les bonnes pratiques
  • 19. Cycle de la connaissance Identification des besoins de connaissances: Explicites et implicites Identification de l’offre & existence de savoir & compétences Connecter l’offre et la demande Développement de nouvelles connaissances Développement de produits & services d’information Dissémination des informations Facilitation et promotion de l’usage de l’information Suivi / contrôle de l’utilisation des connaissances Organisation et promotion du réseau L’exemple de RAS-HON