KariaNet: Knowledge Access in Rural Inter-connected Areas Network

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

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KariaNet: Knowledge Access in Rural Inter-connected Areas Network

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

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