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PICO Knowledge Net is organizing the IFADAfrica East and Southern Africa (ESA) Annual Knowledge Management Sharing Workshop, to be held on 13 – 16 August 2013 at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.  This is a follow-up workshop to the ESA All Country Learning Workshop that was held in Nairobi on 19 – 22 June 2012, under the IFADAfrica Regional Knowledge Management Network – Phase I. IFADAfrica Regional Knowledge Management Network-Phase II is being managed by PICO Knowledge Net with the overall aim of enabling continuous learning and sharing to achieve impact.

The IFADAfrica Regional Knowledge  Management Network – Phase II which started early this year 2013, is focusing on putting the knowledge management into practice, testing and applying the framework, and learning what is needed to make the KM and learning system work and institutionalize it in the countries. It will focus on developing the competencies that project and government staff needs to incorporate the integrated KM system into their daily work.

The IFADAfrica Regional Knowledge Network-Phase I project focused on setting up the foundation for using knowledge management and learning, by building buy-in among project staff, developing a model for integrated knowledge management (KM) system and a conceptual framework and guidelines for how to operationalize KM in projects.

To facilitate efficiency and effectiveness in the learning process, three country groups were formed during IFADAfrica Regional Knowledge Management Network – Phase 1. These consisted of Group 1: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania; Group 2: Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda; and Group 3: Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. A series of meetings were organized for the groups, which culminated in the June 2012 all-country group workshop. The workshop participants shared their practical experiences of integrating KM and learning in their projects, the challenges experienced, and the strategies employed to address those challenges.  They also discussed the importance of peer learning, and communities of practice in facilitating learning across sectors within projects. At the end of the workshop, project teams developed action plans illustrating concrete actions and targets for adapting and operationalizing KM and learning that were to be achieved by June 2013.

It is expected that the above activities will strengthen knowledge management (KM) and learning at project and country programme levels. This is a priority for the IFAD ESA Division and is consistent with IFAD’s knowledge management strategy, which aims to strengthen knowledge-sharing and learning processes. The overall purpose is to improve project management processes by fully integrating knowledge management into all aspects of project management, including M&E, financial management, supervision and reporting- all aimed at enhancing the impact and scaling up of innovations and good practice.

IFADAfrica goal is to connect people, organizations and networks for the communication of experience, mutual learning and innovation for rural poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa. This network is about sharing, uptake and utilization of information, knowledge and practices generated by development projects and programmes supported by IFAD and other development partners in the region.

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