Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Farmer community content for local radios

Peter and his team have been engaging directly with the farming community around Nakaseke (Uganda). Local Content is central to the work of the radio team. In this video Peter and his colleague, Jimmy Ssenabulya describe how they work with local farmers to gather relevant content and share it through the radio. They also confirm how difficult it is to use some external content and how information from trusted sources has greater impact.


A Local Content workshop in Brussels is planned for 8th and 9th October 2009. The overall aim is identify and publicise Local Content work that is going on, to raise awareness about its importance and to try and re-energise the interest of the mainstream development community, including the larger international NGOs and donors. Objective of the workshop:

  • to gather and record information, stories and learning about Local Content work that is happening in Africa
  • to talk about how we can promote that work and how it can link into the Knowledge Sharing work of organisations working across sub-Saharan Africa.
  • looking at the traffic of ideas from Local to Global, what happens to the ideas and relationships that sustain learning knowledge sharing at local levels when they connect to Global organisations and networks

This Local Content workshop is linked to a larger workshop happening also in Brussels from the 6th – 8th October organised by the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community. KM4Dev is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches. The main communication channel is the KM4dev email Dgroup, which has over 850 registered members. The community began in 2000 and since then has developed together a wealth of good practice and experience, a lot of which is stored in the KM4Dev wiki. Its richest resource, though, is the people in the community, many of whom have worked together and built relationships in that time. The quality of the discussion in the group is always high, people offer advice and discuss new ideas and there is an enormous store of experience and connections to draw on for people working in the field.

Knowledge Sharing local and global: workshops in October