The Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) workshop that was organized on 2-3 December 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focused on knowledge management and communication in the CPWF and aimed at drawing lessons learned, challenges and opportunities across the Basin experiences and devise steps forward.
This page gathers resources about this workshop.


Agenda

Presentations of the Basin 'rivers of life'

Andes

Ganges

Limpopo

Mekong

Nile

http://prezi.com/czc9aj1621c5/edit/#65_346768

Volta


Program


Miguel Saravia later prepared this Prezi about the experiences of CPWF in using comms/KM in an R4D context.

Stories to tease out some of the KMC innovations in the basins

Andes


Ganges


Limpopo

Limpopo River of Life Presentation

Limpopo story

Mekong


Nile

See the story by Zelalem Lema about the innovation platforms work done at local level (in woredas/districts).

Volta

See the story by Mahamoudou Sawadogo about the contribution of IPs to changing farming practices and R4D in the Volta.

Program


Specific innovations

In this session, the participants were split in two groups. One of the two groups focused on specific approaches that seemed novel ways of doing comms/KM. The other group's results are directly below this section.
  • Learning trips --> sharing experience
  • High profile knowledge management and comms (It was taken seriously)
  • Introduce the social media as a channel to spread knowledge around different actors
  • New institutions picking up participatory methods
  • Reflection workshops
  • CIP, GIS committed to focus on stakeholder engagement
  • Adaptive management
  • Orienting Basin Development Challenges toward theory of change beyond research
  • New partnerships
  • Capacity building / flexibility
  • Policy briefs / dialogue
  • Hire people who are already experts instead of wasting time by ?? people to learn ABC

Principles and lessons from CPWF

This is the other group - next to 'specific innovations' - which discussed general principles and lessons as give-aways.
  • Profiles and competencies
    • Comms and KM is done by a) comms/KM staff and b) other people
    • Comms / KM roles and responsibilities must change over the course of the program/progress
    • (Positive) deviants ==> competencies and skill sets of the people involved. Key: facilitation and ?? expertise - these roles can be strengthened (e.g. Mahamoudou working as comms officer from a project officer position).
  • Good inputs are as important as the means to disseminate knowledge
  • Comms/KM Strategy and adapting along the way
    • Nevermind the comms/KM strategy but mind your purpose(s) and principles
    • Having a good mix between being strategic and opportunistic
    • Careful process + planning, learning processes are needed
  • Budget and time for comms/KM
    • R4D products evolution. Having them: participatory, ??, ??, contractually committed and budgeted
    • Comms ?? to be budgeted/planned at all intervention levels (project, region, ??)
    • Comms4D takes time and money... plus appropriate timing
  • KM and comms feeds off science and processes throughout the initiative (see this graph, there's comms to be done all the time)
  • "Work on your house first" : internal knowledge sharing work and culture matter (also for external work) e.g. lead by example and make sure good internal comms feedback loops are in place to support exterrnal comms too
  • Accepting or becoming comfortable with being faced with and having to deal with dichotomies (opposite paradigms ???)
  • You don't always have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to comms - learn from others and if you figure out a better way, share it!
  • Open as default (open: access, knowledge, space, communication, about failures) - though mind specific circumstances (it's not always good to share everything with everyone)
  • Engagement!
    • "Don't throw messages at us". Engage with stakeholders throughout.
    • Engagement should frame KM & comms
    • Comms & KM are required at local level: resource centre, IT services
    • Mind space, voice, power dynamics: Create your enabling environment (it's also about us preparing the space to let specific voices be heard and power dynamics to be changed)
  • Tools, platforms and approaches
    • Deal with the proliferation of tools (basin - region)
    • Not all tools work always
    • Try new approaches to KM/Comms but be accountable for them (e.g. OLM [outcome logic model], M&E [Monitoring & Evaluation])
  • Context matters (especially at very local level) ... so feel free to ignore any of this
  • IP [Innovation Platforms] --> R4D platforms. Evolution of IPs as a way of sustaining them - diversification of the innovation.
  • Integration of comms/KM
    • "Sell" KM/Comms by combining information management and knowledge sharing e.g. events --> documentation --> outputs etc.
    • Integration of comms, M&E, information for greater learning
    • Nevermind the labels, "viva blurred boundaries" (it's great to not be obsessed with the conceptual discussions and find a whole to bring related approaches into a set with blurred boundaries that are all related to learning)
    • Structurally connect, reflect, document and build upon (the past)
    • In KM there will always be learning along the way.

Follow up from this workshop


KMC for CRPs group

Where? Which channels to use?
Preferably external channels that we can rely on beyond this workshop, platforms that have been set up by others and are likely to continue such as:
  • The Knowledge Sharing toolkit
  • This KMC4CRP wiki
  • The CapDev Community of practice
  • The Climate Change and Social Learning checklist

What do KMC folks need?
  • Face to face advice (advisory role / mentorship) and expertise:
    • Technical
    • General communication / KM
    • Specific (e.g. on PR/PA, on policy advocacy etc.)
  • Case studies / stories
  • Evidence (numbers, quantitative information!)
  • Principles
  • A 'survival manual for KMCs lost in complex initiatives'
  • Mental models, maps and diagrams that are useful.

What do we suggest sharing effectively and how?
  • Advices and stories as individuals, face to face at various workshops etc. in our quality of CPWF ambassadors (all of us)
  • Principles, linked to stories and cases to be put on the kmc4CRP wiki (perhaps as a Prezi - it could be presented as that 'survival manual for KMCs in complex initiatives') (Terry Clayton and Sarah Green)
  • A list of mental models, maps, diagrams, to be compiled on the kmc4CRP wiki (Michael Victor, Ewen Le Borgne + anyone)
  • Update the CCSL checklist with interesting engagement issues etc. (Ewen Le Borgne)
  • Develop a series of blog posts (on ILRI Maarifa, NBDC, CPWF etc.) (Ewen Le Borgne and others)
  • Update the knowledge sharing toolkit with our inputs in terms of tools, approaches, examples etc. (???)