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East and Southern Africa . Knowledge Management Strategy Miriam Cherogony. Current Status in PF. Five (5) communities of practice are already established in the PF region. Marketing – SNV /IFAD – based in Kampala, Uganda Agriculture and Water Management – ICRISAT/IFAD based in Nbi, Kenya

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East and southern africa

East and Southern Africa

Knowledge Management Strategy

Miriam Cherogony

Current status in pf
Current Status in PF

  • Five (5) communities of practice are already established in the PF region.

    • Marketing – SNV /IFAD – based in Kampala, Uganda

    • Agriculture and Water Management – ICRISAT/IFAD based in Nbi, Kenya

    • Managing for Impact - SMIP/IFAD

    • Rural Finance – AFRACA/IFAD, Nbi, Kenya

    • Land Tenure – Managed from IFAD

    • Gender Mainstreaming – FAO/IFAD

Current status cont
Current Status Cont..

  • Other knowledge initiatives include:-

    • AFRACA – Pan-African rural finance

    • Face-to-face interaction with Programmes

    • Rural Knowledge Network – FAO/IFAD

    • Linking Local Learners –FAO/IFAD

    • First Mile Project – AMSDP, TZ/IFAD

    • E-newsletter – PF Initiative

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Policy Dialogue


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Current status cont1
Current Status Cont..

  • Survey showed a gap between the need to access knowledge and grass-root availability of knowledge to share.

  • E.g., while 89.8% needed lessons learned for their daily work, only 38.8% generated lessons learned.

Opportunities challenges
Opportunities & Challenges

  • Country office and direct supervision by IFAD is expected to improve the learning

  • Regional implementation workshop has facilitated some networking between programme

  • Every thematic group have worked independently hence no learning across the thematic areas

  • Learning across country programmes has not been there but improving now

Lessons learnt
Lessons Learnt

  • Set up a joint web-based platform in the form of IFADAfrica – each community have developed their own site – need for a one stop KM shop

  • Process documentation to bring out the lessons learnt for knowledge sharing within the region and develop a competitive process of selecting the best lesson to be uploaded to the poverty portal.

Lessons learnt cont
Lessons Learnt Cont..

  • Cross learning between the thematic communities along the areas of common interest

  • Possible cross learning with sister organization FIDAfrique through joint knowledge sharing along the thematic areas, exchange visits, linkage and synergy

  • Support and promotion for discussion forum moderators for each of the community of practice to encourage knowledge sharing

Lessons learnt cont1
Lessons Learnt Cont..

  • Need to financially support international technical assistance to the community of practice as and when required (on a need basis)

  • Assist the programme develop communication strategy in order to effectively implement their activities

  • Provide for translation of key learning documents to be made available to a wider audience in Africa

Sustainability of network
Sustainability of Network

  • User driven, inclusive, bottom-up organically growing knowledge management network based on a system development

  • Move away from an organization-centred KM systems to pooling knowledge in a broader and more inclusive way

  • Generate and/or co-produce knowledge to share costs

Sustainability cont
Sustainability Cont…

  • Facilitate the building of partnerships, linkages and synergies

  • Foster bottom-up conversations

  • Keep knowledge creation close to the knowledge creators/owners

  • Resource mobilization from broad base of development partners- need a clear fundraising strategy



IFAD Kenya Country Office


E-mail: m.cherogony@ifad.org

Website: www.ifadafrica.org

Tel: +254 20 762 1028