Knowledge Networking

Civil Society and Knowledge Management in West Africa

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Author: Obadare, E.
Publication date: 2013

The aim of this background paper is to provide an overview of key issues in relation to the production, documentation and communication of knowledge by civil society in West Africa.

Learning social accountability together: civil society facilitated South-South cooperation in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia

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Author: Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2014

Asian cities have been central drivers of Asia’s economic growth in the last few decades. However, a democratic deficit in many small and medium size Asian cities means municipalities fail to deliver key service provisions to citizens, and civil society engagement in urban governance and institutions remains very limited.

Key Components of Systems Change

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Authors: Kendrick, M.J. et alii.
Publication date: 2006

This paper is the first in a series of three papers on unlocking the code of effective systems change. In this paper, the authors attempt to create an overall framework for the discussion of systems change and to give a summary of the concepts discussed in all three papers.

In addition, this paper includes several specific recommendations that can be applied now by any grantee, state, or program to enhance prospects of achieving enduring change in home- and community-based services.

Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers

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Authors: Cundill, G. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to the myriad of stressors affecting rural people. The most critical factor emerging through the experience of this social learning process is how facilitators see their roles and their relationships with participants.

IMARK: Free e-learning module on knowledge sharing for development

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The module was developed to provide organizations and communities with the necessary tools and methodologies required to develop their knowledge capacities, and enable them to work more effectively.

Target audience

It is aimed at staff working in a wide range of organizations including international organizations, donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, research institutes, national governments, regional organizations, and indigenous NGOs.

Water management, fact-finding and facilitation in multi-stakeholder platforms in North Afghanistan

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Authors: Warner, J. & Thomas, V.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (3): 136-152

The article sketches the history and practice of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) along the Amu-Panj river basin in Afghanistan. The MSP model, in the form of multistakeholder River Basin organisations was entirely externally driven, at the behest of the European Union and facilitated by European experts.

Learning to do Action Research for Social Change

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Author: Pettit, J. (University of Sussex)
Publication date: 2010, In: International Journal of Communication, 4, Pp. 820-827

Action research provides an alternative approach to bringing about changes in knowledge, policy, and practice. But to be effective and inclusive, taking into account complex dynamics of power and participation, action research requires capable facilitators with particular skills.

Participatory mapping for adaptation to climate change: the case of Boe Boe, Solomon Islands

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Author: Piccolella, A.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (1): 24-36

Critics of top-down, expert-driven approaches to adaptation suggest the need for tools and methods capable of addressing the gap between scientific and local understanding of climate change. After a lengthy period in which participatory mapping in the context of climate change was overlooked, attention has now turned to Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for adaptation planning.

Knowledge management and social learning: exploring the cognitive dimension of development

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Authors: Ferreira, S.D.M. & Neto, M.
Publication date: 2005, In: Knowlegde Management for Development, Vol 1 (3), pp. 4-17

After providing insight in the origin of knowledge management, the article investigates the relationship between knowledge management and development. Among others, it presents the different aspects of knowledge in society and clarifies the importance of knowledge management at the local level as well as the potential of a social learning approach.

Knowledge management and communication to address information access and power asymmetries for resource-poor producers in value chains

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Authors: Bode, R. et alii.
Publication date: 2008, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 4(1): 5-20

This paper provides some evidence about the role of knowledge management and communication in establishing effective value chains with resource-poor producers.

It first introduces some terms and definitions regarding value chains, social networks and information, knowledge and communication. This leads to a conceptualization of a theoretical framework on knowledge management and communication in value chains.