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KariaNet: Knowledge Access in Rural Inter-connected Areas Network


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Presentation by Awni Shdaifat (KariaNet) to WITFOR 2007 Agriculture Commission. (

Presentation by Awni Shdaifat (KariaNet) to WITFOR 2007 Agriculture Commission. (

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  • 1. KariaNet Knowledge Access in Rural Inter-connected Areas Network Presented by: Awni Shdaifat
  • 2. What is KariaNet ????
    • KariaNet : is a regional network for knowledge sharing & information / experience exchange in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
  • 3. KariaNet
    • Is a multi-stakeholder partnership between :
    • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
    • International Development Research Center (IDRC)
    • IFAD – funded projects in the MENA region
  • 4. KariaNets actual members
    • - IFAD – funded agricultural &rural development projects in the MENA region are entitled to KariaNet membership, ten projects have become members of KariaNet from five countries these countries are
    • - The network will gradually expand to incorporate all IFAD funded projects in all countries in the region
    Morocco Egypt Jordan Tunisia Sudan KariaNet
  • 5. When it was established ??
    • January 2005 was established
    • Start up workshop was held in February 2005 in Cairo
    Project Duration :- Phase one (2005-2007) According to phase one evaluation it is expected to extend the project for second phase starts on 2008
  • 6. Main goal
    • Foster knowledge sharing, information and experience exchange among KariaNet project-members in order to improve their delivery system and to serve better their beneficiaries through : -
  • 7.
    • Intensive use of information & communication tools (ICTs)
    • Support member projects developing capacities for an efficient knowledge management function
  • 8. KariaNets Vision
    • IFAD funded projects & their staff value knowledge and experience sharing ,access information in away that enhances their overall objectives fulfillment and contribute to the MDGs.
    • Relationships between rural communities & KariaNet member projects are strengthened & local communication is improved
    • Increase in information flow & knowledge exchange is contributing towards higher incomes & better living conditions in rural areas
    • KariaNet member projects are recognized for their knowledge based on practice and experiences & KariaNet is valued as a useful source of knowledge on rural poverty reduction
  • 9. KariaNets Mission
    • Provide support to set-up & efficiently use ICTs
    • Harvest information & facilitate access to it
    • Nurture communities of practice & practitioners
    • Foster learning & sharing among its member projects
    • Build the capacity of its project-members staff to capture ,manage & disseminate knowledge
    • Foster networking efforts between partners involved in rural poverty eradication
  • 10. KariaNets Strategy
    • It focuses on the strengthening a human spirit within the network although it is an ICT-mediated network
    • It relies on a belief that technology is an efficient tool to achieve its objectives of knowledge sharing amongst member projects to improve their operations
  • 11. KariaNet philosophy (1/2)
  • 12. KariaNet philosophy (2/2)
  • 13. KariaNet principles
    • KariaNet is not a project (for funding only) but a network .
    • KariaNet and a given IFAD-funded project develop a partnership for the benefit of the latter.
    • Participation in KariaNet is voluntary .
    • Partnership and voluntary participation mean shared responsibilities , shared benefits , and cost-sharing .
    • Shared responsibilities and partnership need the adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding to clarify responsibilities and obligations of both parties.
    • Annual Work Plans and Budgets are the right tools to implement the clauses of the MoU.
    • Selection of KariaNet "focal point" at project level to be trained and motivated to play the role of a Project Knowledge Facilitator .
  • 14. The PKF: a crucial mechanism for KariaNet
    • The Project Knowledge Facilitator is in charge of coordinating KariaNet activities at the project level (PMU).
    • In some cases, he/she will be expected to follow-up on the establishment and operation of small, low-cost LAN at the PMU level.
    • He/she is trained in Knowledge Management , LAN administration , and (soft) maintenance of networking and ICT equipment .
    • He/she provides assistance to PMU staff in using ICTs, and documenting, sharing and storing knowledge.
    • He/she treats information queries emanating from PMU staff .
  • 15.
    • KariaNet assist member projects in setting up local area networks (LANs) & websites .
    • Member projects organized local & national training courses on ICT use for their staff.
    • KariaNet implemented a Community ICT Pilot Project in a selected rural community & the module will replicated among all member projects.
    • Through the ICT Pilot Project , KariaNet support the development of the capacities & skills of the rural community in using ICTs and knowledge sharing .
    KariaNets Progress
  • 16.
    • Assist the MOA in Egypt in developing a National Network on Poverty Reduction for Knowledge Sharing.
    • KariaNet helped projects in developing useful content for target groups based on needs &information queries.
    • Developing virtual workspace & e-discussion on (development themes) relevant to all projects (face to face , on line discussions).
    • Organizing national workshops for experience exchange & networking.
  • 17. Thanks For Attention
  • 18.
    • For further information :-
    • http://