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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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ICT Support in ESA

The Second Level Connectivity (2LC) Project, which has entered its second phase, will continue to focus on improving Internet connectivity where needed; improving knowledge and use of available resources, as well as testing a model for IT regional support. These efforts are all in line with the goals of the Project: providing IT support and resources to regional CGIAR offices - with particular emphasis on Centers located in Africa.

As such, work has begun on an ICT-KM Program pilot project that will provide ICT support to the East and Southern Africa (ESA) offices of the CGIAR. Steve Mupiwi, who will be hosted by the CIMMYT office in Harare, Zimbabwe, will initially work with the offices in Southern Africa before covering those in East Africa. Steve has a good understanding of and experience with ICT issues in the region and within the CGIAR; he worked for CIFOR in the Center's Harare office for a number of years and also had a short stint at the Bogor office.

ICT support to regional and country offices is a challenge. IT staff at the Centers' headquarters are often too far away to have a good understanding of the local IT environment or do not have the time available to provide support to both headquarters and the regions at the required level. This effort is a proof of concept to explore an IT support model for providing ICT support to regional CGIAR offices.

Through this pilot project, supported as part of the SLC second phase, the Project will explore whether IT regional support provides a cost-saving measure, in addition to addressing regional IT needs and support across Centers.

Steve will help standardize the way staff work with ICT in the regional and country offices, provide advice and guidance on any ICT issues that arise, act as a link between the CGIAR head offices and the offices in the region (where he can provide technical input from a local perspective if none is currently available), as well as provide the offices with direct ICT support.

Steve's first priority will be to update baseline information concerning offices in the region, including:

Please make sure your staff in the region have been updated on this pilot project so that it doesn't come as a surprise when Steve contacts or visits them at their offices.



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