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The Knowledge Sharing Ripple Continues

Knowledge sharing has always been a big part of what we do here at the ICT-KM Program . Our Knowledge Sharing Project, which was launched way back in 2004, tested several knowledge sharing (KS) approaches and tools in the CGIAR. Pilot initiatives at four CGIAR Centers successfully incorporated KS principles and approaches into high-profile events, thereby demonstrating how Centers can plan, conduct, and evaluate their work with greater efficiency by drawing more fully on the collective knowledge of their staff.

Then in 2007 an initiative comprising two main components: Institutional Knowledge Sharing (IKS) and Knowledge Sharing in Research (KSinR) was launched.

The IKS project demonstrated how KS methods and principles can open up meaningful spaces for face-to-face dialogues. The project also supported three pilot projects at three Centers to experiment with innovative KS techniques. All three pilots led to concrete outcomes and/or products that can be replicated in other Centers or partner organizations

The IKS project was spearheaded by Simone Staiger-Rivas, a knowledge sharing specialist and social communicator with 13 years’ experience in the coordination of international communications projects. Simone quickly became a familiar face in the CGIAR as she facilitated many high-profile events and conducted workshops across the System.

The launch of a new knowledge sharing initiative

When the IKS project was concluded in 2009, Simone continued to develop the knowledge sharing work she had begun in 2005 at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia. Collaborative efforts with other CIAT members of staff soon led to the formation of a new knowledge sharing initiative led by Simone.

The ICT-KM team is pleased to announce the launch of CIAT’s Capacity Strengthening and Knowledge Management Initiative (Capacity). Capacity will build on the Center’s previous knowledge sharing and capacity building/strengthening gains to enrich research partnerships and processes. This will be achieved by facilitating and mainstreaming the use of participatory tools and methods in areas such as strategic planning, research, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation, at the same time drawing on more traditional approaches to training when needed.

I am glad to see that Simone’s experience with the Program is being put to further use in this new endeavor. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find concrete evidence that our work is “working’, so it’s especially gratifying when people like Simone acknowledge our contribution.

We would like to wish Simone and her team members every success with the new initiative and look forward to working with her again in the future.