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					    Knowledge Management
       and Development

‘Knowledge for all - All for knowledge’

Ewen Le Borgne – IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre




                Istanbul, 20 March 2009 - session
                              6.1.1
                                           Outline

• The wider picture: development, technology and
  the water sector
• Knowledge management, learning: What is it all
  about?
• Knowledge management and learning in the
  water sector
• KM challenges and opportunities




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 THE WIDER PICTURE –
   DEVELOPMENT,
TECHNOLOGY AND THE
   WATER SECTOR

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                            The development
                               paradigm
• Development is empowerment

• Sources of empowerment

• Knowledge and social capital

• Expanding social capital

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                               From ICT to ICT

• Internet and the connectivity revolution

• Mobile technology: making it
  happen

• Web 2.0: from push to pull

• The new dogma: connect or perish
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                                Connectivity
                            in the water sector
• From working to networking



• The Information systems’ craze

• From organisational learning to ‘sector
  learning’?

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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT,
      LEARNING…
  WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?


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                              Some definitions

•   Knowledge? K=I*ESA(-ish)
•   Information?
•   Learning?
•   Information management?
•   Knowledge management?

• Find your own definition!

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                                  The facets of
                                   knowledge
• The knowledge cycle

• Three generations of knowledge
  management: 1) stock 2) flow 3) co-create

• From knowledge management to
  knowledge sharing & learning


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‘KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT’
       AND LEARNING
   IN THE WATER SECTOR


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                                   Learning fields
                                    in the sector
                                                            Sector learning,
                                                             coordination,
                                                             networks and
                                                           learning alliances


Organisational
learning, org.
   capacity
development


                                                             Skills training,
                                                              education,
                                                            exchange visits



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                          Barriers to learning
                             in the sector
• Many fishes in the pond

• Social exclusion (remember: empower)

• The research silo

• Reflect, learn, communicate, coordinate:
  capacity, capacity, capacity, capacity
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KM CHALLENGES
     AND
OPPORTUNITIES


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                             Challenges in the
                              WASH sector
• Scaling up

• Going beyond urban



• Supporting decentralisation



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                                KM challenges
                              in the water sector
• Connecting actors
• Translating messages
• Encouraging:
  – Joint vision
  – Joint action
  – Joint reflection
• Proving the value of (sector) learning


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                           Some opportunities

• Learning alliances: digging for deeper
  learning

• Resource centre networks: connecting the
  dots

• A wealth of tools to support
  learning and sharing
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