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 Learning and sharing knowledge on community-driven development REGIONAL WORKSHOP 14-17 March 2006 New Coco Beach Resort - Accra, Ghana. Anna Manikowska Information and Communication Division, IFAD. Stocktaking. What is out there? Online sources World Bank

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Learning and sharing knowledge on community-driven development REGIONAL WORKSHOP14-17 March 2006New Coco Beach Resort - Accra, Ghana

Anna ManikowskaInformation and Communication Division, IFAD

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What is out there?

Online sources

  • World Bank



  • Online community – Ecomlink

  • Rural poverty portal


    What are the knowledge gaps?

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Proposed purpose of a knowledge space

It could be used to

  • Share information

  • Learn new approaches and learn about what others are doing

  • Provide space for dialogue on issues of interest or a space for resolving problems collectively

  • Provide toolkits, manuals, potential "solutions" for those who need them

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Who are the target audiences?

  • Staff in donor organizations

  • Consultants and staff designing projects

  • Project staff

  • Communities

  • Governments

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Food for thought

Some important questions

  • What do each audience group need?

  • In what form?

  • How quickly?

  • In what language?

  • What is the specificity of your organization, and how can you contribute to the platform?

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Success factors

The space needs to

  • Be a shared responsibility

  • Not IFAD-centric

  • Sufficient time and resources

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The way forward

Proposals for next steps

  • Identify potential audiences and their caracteristics

  • Conduct a needs assessment study

  • Link all the resources on a space such as the portal and enable members to contribute by submitting content

  • Create thematic directory of experts where members would moderate discussions and serve as a core group

  • Define roles and responsibilities of the core group

  • Identify possible knowledge capturing mechanisms

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Decisions for today

  • Is there a will to create this space?

  • For whom?

  • Are you willing to actively participate in the community of practice and constitute the core group of experts?

  • How do you think you can contribute?