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Archive for June, 2008

Knowledge Sharing fair at IFAD – releasing trapped knowledge

With construction going on all around us at the new IFAD building, it seemed quite symbolic to have a panel discussion on knowledge sharing emphasizing the need to build it into the foundations of a project, not just at the tail end.  The panel, made up of IFAD staff and management in addition to Enrica Porcari,…

Knowledge Sharing fair – we all have something to share

We are invited to participate in the knowldge management launch at IFAD were all IFAD programs are showcasing their knowledge management interventions and projects.  Every project and office shares their information/experiences/materials on how they approach knowledge management.  Many of the challenges and approaches IFAD has taken are similar to that of CGIAR and our experiences…

WorldFish KSinR Pilot Project 're-thinks impact'-based on initial use of KS tools for M&E

Natasja Sheriff, Project Leader of the WorldFish KSinR Pilot Project, together with Tonya Schuetz (IWMI)-who helped facilitate the WorldFish Pilot’s training workshop, wrote and submitted a paper for the workshop ‘Rethinking impact: Understanding the Complexity of Poverty and Change‘ which was convened in Cali, Colombia 26-29 March 2008. The paper, entitled “Monitoring for change, assessing…

WorldFish KSinR Pilot initiates use of KS tools for M&E in Vietnam

The CGIAR WorldFish Centre also has a Knowledge Sharing in Research Pilot Project. This Pilot is working on the “application of KS tools to impact monitoring and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in a community-based fish culture project in Vietnam”. The Pilot is part of a large multi-country Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) project…

Choosing technologies for sharing in the IRRI Laos Rice Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Sharing in Research Pilot Project of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is using knowledge management/knowledge sharing to harmonise and share research outputs in the Northern uplands of Laos PDR. One of the main avenues for sharing research outputs is through the Rice Knowledge Bank(RKB). The aim of the project is to identify…

Duras and its closing workshop: a way to learn

The emotion in the closing words of Oliver Oliveros, the DURAS coordinator, were a testament of his commitment to this very succesful project. After four years of implementation, the DURAS Project is wrapping up its activities. A project closing seminar took place under the auspices of GFAR on 11-13 June 2008 at the FAO Headquarters…

Research data management and the CGIAR research process

Research data is fundamental to research, and therefore data issues are of great relevance to the CGIAR system. In April this year, Kwesi Atta Krah (DDG-Research at Bioversity) challenged the Directors of Research in the CGIAR System with the three following questions: 1. How concerned are you with issues of research data quality from within your…

Reviewing, evaluating and learning from the Farmers' Conference-with the Pilot team

As a key part of the follow-up to the Farmers’ Conference, held at ICARDA 4th-8th May 2008, I met with the team responsible for implementing the KSinR Pilot Project at ICARDA. We had an afternoon-long meeting to discuss the project and specifically the key KS activity-the International Farmers’ Conference. The meeting involved reviewing the project…