The role of Knowledge Exchange KariaNet, IFAD-IDRC


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  • IFAD’s role and focus We enable poor rural people to access the assets, services and opportunities they need to overcome poverty. We also help them build their knowledge, skills and organizations so that they can lead their own development and influence the decisions and policies that affect their lives. We test new and innovative approaches to reducing poverty. We share our knowledge widely and work with our member countries and other partners to replicate and scale up successful approaches.
  • The role of Knowledge Exchange KariaNet, IFAD-IDRC

    1. 1. The role of Knowledge Exchange KariaNet IFAD/ICARDA workshop October 2009 Aleppo, Syria
    2. 2. Role of knowledge Exchange <ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For IFAD: IFAD’s role and focus in 2007-2010 Strategic Framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For IDRC: Development through knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and Knowledge Society </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge society and agricultural development projects </li></ul><ul><li>Can farmers have knowledge and use it? From Experience to Knowledge. </li></ul>
    3. 3. KariaNet I <ul><li>Knowledge Access in Rural Interconnected Areas Network </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership between IFAD and IDRC in MENA: 5 countries, 10 projects </li></ul><ul><li>Several types of activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training on knowledge generation, dissemination, management, video making, story telling, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation and capacity building of PKF function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online support and collaboration plat-form, website and D-Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs study: workshops, publications, support, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content development and dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial support for projects workplans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of National network in Egypt and Community project in Jordan </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. KariaNet I <ul><li>Lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Complementarity” between Individuals and organisations in sharing knowledge (Community of practices, CoP). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective CoPs enable the translation of individual knowledge, experiences and successes into improved practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of knowledge facilitators at the project level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge and ICTs: ICTs are a mean not an end. They facilitate interaction, connection, collaboration, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of local knowledge and local language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of the management support for the participation in the network (ownership) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffing issues at the project level (turnover) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research on knowledge management: how to? </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. KariaNet II <ul><li>Signed in Ottawa Yesterday (Monday, 26-10-2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Open Network: platform for facilitating/ leveraging KM among a CoP of rural development projects in NENA.  It is envisaged as a voluntary, member-based and demand-driven network. </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers, practitioners and funders working together in 10 countries in NENA: testing new solutions, developing innovations and new knowledge, and disseminating results in key knowledge domains </li></ul><ul><li>Series of activities: research, implementation, training, dissemination, collaboration, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>2010-2013 </li></ul>
    6. 6. KariaNet II Food Security Rur.  Enterp. devpt KM Appro. KariaNet II
    7. 7. KariaNet II <ul><li>Enhance the effectiveness of rural development projects by introducing KM approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Membership: open to members of KariaNet I, IFAD and IDRC funded projects, any other projects in the region and having something to contribute or to take. </li></ul><ul><li>Call for research proposals on the three themes: action research with and for the KariaNet Members </li></ul><ul><li>Development of annual work plan, steering committee and advisory committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul>
    8. 8. KariaNet II <ul><li>Potential Collaboration: IFAD, ICARDA, universities, projects, others </li></ul><ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>