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4th Quarter 2007



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ICT-KM and ReSAKSS Come Together
CIO Enrica Porcari recently participated in a brainstorming meeting that sought to strengthen the relationship between the ICT-KM Program and the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS). The two-day event, which was held at Bioversity International, Rome, in October 2007, followed on from the CIO's involvement in ReSAKKS' inception workshop back in 2003 and looked at ways of moving the existing synergy between the two organizations forward.

CGIAR-CSI Recognized Again
The CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI), one of the projects funded under the ICT-KM Program's 2004 Investment Plan, continues to make waves. With support from the Program, the CSI attended the AfricaGIS Conference on Geoinformation for Poverty Alleviation in Ouagadougou, where it represented all 15 contributing CGIAR Centers. During this September 2007 event, the Consortium received notable recognition and journalistic coverage, as well as heavy traffic at its booth, where it distributed GIS material.

Fellowships in Sustainability Science
The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and practitioner fellowships in Sustainability Science. Advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development are encouraged to apply. For more information click here.


Upcoming Events

Documenting CGIAR Web-based, Collaborative Experiences
The ICT-KM Program, in keeping true to its mandate to promote and support the innovative use of IT and KM to improve the effectiveness of the CGIAR's work, is launching a new initiative to learn about the successful use of innovative tools to support our work. The Program's Institutional Knowledge Sharing (IKS) Project would like to reward three web-based collaborative experiences with the opportunity to evaluate, document and share those experiences. Read more.

Collaboration for Excellence
The ICT-KM Program's Knowledge Sharing (KS) Project is offering CGIAR staff and partners the unique opportunity to explore and experiment with knowledge-sharing principles and methods in an innovative, three-phase workshop that will kick off in March 2008 with a four-week online event. For more information on this workshop (Collaboration for Excellence: Opportunities for discovering, understanding, and applying innovative knowledge-sharing approaches for impact), please click here.

Quality standards for training and education in the CGIAR
A joint workshop of the ICT-KM Program's Online Learning Resources (OLR) Project and the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will be held from 11-15 February 2008 at UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a set of policies and procedures to ensure quality training and education in the CGIAR. Click here for more information.



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Meet Our Newest Team Member

Fiona ChandlerThe ICT-KM Program is pleased to announce a much-valued addition to it team. Fiona Chandler, a dynamic woman who has spent much of her life zig-zagging across the globe, is presently the Program Development Coordinator at CIFOR. Come January, though, she will say goodbye to the Center's headquarters in Indonesia and begin a five-month stint with the Program, taking over Program Officer Jenin Assaf's duties while she is on maternity leave.

Prior to joining CIFOR, where she has worked since January 2005, Fiona was the Program Manager for "Rewarding the Upland Poor In Asia for Environmental Services (RUPES)" at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Southeast Asia. From 1997 to 2001, she was ICRAF 's Executive Officer, assisting the Center's DG by overseeing resource mobilization, Board and donor relations and other Center initiatives.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Fiona describes her childhood as that of a typical navy kid; her father's work meant he was never based in any one place for longer than two years. As a result, she found herself globetrotting at a young age, and she really hasn't stopped traveling since.

In 1988, Fiona emigrated to Australia, a country that she still regards as her permanent base. However, as she is quick to point out, you can take the woman out of Canada, but you can't always take Canada out of the woman.

"I lob back and forth depending on which sports team I want to talk about or which government's policy I want to discuss," explains this avid rugby fan.

It was in Australia in 1991 that this globetrotter earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of New England, followed a few years later by her Master's degree in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University.

"Getting my degree enabled me to put scientific substance behind the huge passion I had for national resource management," says Fiona.

When the position of executive officer at ICRAF opened up, Fiona jumped at the chance for two reasons. Firstly, she had worked with ICRAF scientists and ICRAF research when she had been studying for her Master's; and secondly, a position in Canberra with the Australian CSIRO Division of Forestry had seen her working with several partners (including ICRAF) on international provenance trials and ACIAR-funded projects in Southeast Asia.

Fiona has also been involved in knowledge sharing and knowledge management since way back when it was just called good communication. By the time she joined ICRAF, though, it was better known as knowledge management.

"At ICRAF, Bruce Scott (presently ILRI's Director of Partnerships and Communications) and I, along with others at the Center, actually wrote the first knowledge management strategy for the Center in 1998," she says, recalling her early forays into what is now commonly known as knowledge sharing. "Since then, the principles behind knowledge management have stayed with me no matter what position I've been in. So when CIFOR had its first pilot knowledge sharing project with the ICT-KM Program two years ago, I came on board to help. I've also recently started another knowledge sharing project, this time under the Program's second phase."

Her knowledge sharing background and her vast experience in project management will certainly hold her in good stead when she joins the Program at Bioversity International in Rome, Italy, where she will assist CIO Enrica Porcari to prepare and monitor the Program's investment plans, annual programs, budgets and develop the operational plan of action for the implementation of project activities.

"It's incredibly interesting," Fiona says about her consultancy with the Program. "I think the projects that are being implemented by the Program are innovative, exciting and challenging. Just being part of that as it evolves is exciting. It's a wonderful opportunity, and I'm happy to be on board."

Fiona's husband, who is presently based in Australia (where the couple's 21-year-old son is in hotel management), will join her in Rome. They are both looking forward to playing tourist as they explore the Eternal City together.

"But by far the biggest highlight of going to Rome," Fiona says, a little tongue in cheek, "is the great opportunity I will have to watch rugby, which is my biggest passion after knowledge sharing, of course."

Well, of course.



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