Monday, 12 May 2008

CGIAR Knowledge Sharing Workshop at ILRI in Addis

FARA participated to the Face-to-Face part of the Knowledge Sharing Workshop at ILRI in Addis 05-08 May.

Row in the back (left to right): Nadia Manning (ICT-KM), Peter Shelton (IFPRI), Daniel Mwesige (ASARECA), Jean Hanson (ILRI), Nancy White (FullCircle), Grace Ndungu (ILRI), Petr Kosina (CIMMYT)
Middle Row: Yuan Octafian (CIFOR), Alexandra Jorge (ILRI), Nicole Demers (Bioversity), Vanessa Meadu (ICRAF), Selam Alemayehu (ILRI), Maria Grazia Bovo (FAO), Florencia Tateossian (CGIAR Secretariat), Janice Proud (ILRI), Dady Damby (FARA)
Front: Simone Staiger (ICT-KM), Sandra Velarde (Amazon Initiative), Dina Satrio (CIFOR), Gauri Salokhe (FAO), Davy Simumba (ZARI).
The ILRI meeting enabled participants to assess their understanding of the KS concept following the one-month online discussion that preceded the face to face meeting. The F2F meeting also allowed the participants to further explore their projects through a SWOT analysis and exchanges with other participants. The FARA/RAILS project was on Organizing and Building Capacities of Learning Teams for Knowledge Sharing.

Some practical exercises on KS methods (e.g World Café, Samoan Circle, etc.) were conducted; while some KS web 2 tools were also explored (Wiki, Blog, RSS feeds). One of the major issue raised was on how to get a buy-in or support from management and other actors concerned by the implementation of a KS project.

The next step of the KS initiative will focus on the facilitators providing peer coaching or peer assistance to the participants who may require it during the implementation of their projects.

Dady Demby elaborating on the RAILS initiative of FARA
(Regional Agricultrual Information and Learning Systems)
The Knowledge Sharing toolkit of CGIAR was a center piece of the KS Workshop. Together with Nancy White and with input from Lucie Lamoureux, and many others, the KS Project of the ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR has been developing a KS Toolkit. It is based on former project work, as well as on many existing resources, like the ones developed by CARE and ODI.
“ It is a living knowledge repository about knowledge sharing. We created it to be a resource both for KS workshops and as an ongoing place to learn about, improve upon and generally share our knowledge sharing practices. There are other KS toolkits out in the world - many of them listed in our acknowledgments. Most of them, however, are static - not updated. We wanted to provide a place where we can share our practices in an on-going manner. So we invite you to improve upon any of the entries, leave your name and contact information if you can be a resource on a tool or method, and share stories (both success and "uh-oh - failure" types) of these methods and tools in use. Let's help each other.”