Working Group 3 is trying to understand how to bring about a more strategic approach to Knowledge Management and what experiences have tried to reduce knowledge gaps between development actors.
In the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector, a number of organisations have been trying, over the past few years, to promote resource centres – independent providers of information services to support all sector stakeholders. In carrying out scoping for its activities in West Africa, IRC has recently taken notice of incredible demand (and indeed funding) to develop the function of Resource Centres to help document experiences and knowledge, to synthetise them and to help better coordinate efforts.
The importance of strategic sector learning is gaining recognition and there is a chance that IRC and partners’ work in West Africa provides a great avenue for IKM emergent to collect fresh insights on demand for strategic Knowledge Management and its concrete coordination. Resource Centre development and ‘capitalisation’ are the drivers of the programme, and offer opportunities to carry out interesting research for IKM emergent. This work also involves an interesting linguistic challenge as activities are taking place in Benin, Burkina Faso and Ghana.