KMAfrica KnowledgeHub provides Africa's Knowledge community with new ways to Connect, Participate, Contribute, Share and Benefit!. KnowledgeHub delivers a mix of forums, resources and conference papers that encourage participation in complex conversations while stimulating stronger connections and networks. The topics and resources represent a range of cross-cutting knowledge and insight that evoke the appropriate action that transforms vision into reality.
KnowledgeHub is designed to provide much of what you'd find at a live KMAfrica conference including formal papers, special interest Groups (SIGs), resources and informal conversations between sessions. KnowledgeHub is a community platform for knowledge creators in African colleges and universities to role-model knowledge sharing using social media. There is know-how that helps expand the role of libraries in communities and KM professionals can keep current with a network of consultants and academics. Knowledge entrepreneurs will find useful know-how and ideas and like minds with whom to share useful ideas. It is through growing connections that communities emerge that make innovation and breakthrough possible.
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"Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested" African Proverb
To be the knowledge engine driving appropriate development solutions for Africa.
To enhance governance and service delivery through the use of knowledge as a fundamental resource in development and establish KM platforms to create access to existing networks and to facilitate the sharing and utilisation of knowledge.
Welcome to www.KMAfrica.com - the home site of Knowledge Management Africa KnowledgeHub. KMAfrica KnowledgeHub seeks to drive appropriate and sustainable developmental solutions for the continent of Africa and here you will find resources, know-how, stories and thought starters that are important aids to the practice of KM and the transfer of Know-How.
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Accelerating global flows of people and information have formed new communities and networks across social and political borders...new patterns of knowledge, research alliances and social relationships are emerging. Old boundaries and institutions, whether by nation, class paradigm or community are eroding as new formations take place.
Africa, as part of the globalising knowledge community needs a KM player to provide electronic infrastructure for KM enabling practice of the 'how to' of knowledge sharing to a diverse audience. Knowledge Management Africa (KMAfrica.com) enables connections to be made across many boundaries and thus is a form of knowledge bank - where know-how meets need to know
Regonal networks are being implemented in Southern, Eastern and Western Africa to accelerate regional innovation, knowledge breakthrough and indigenous knowledge.
The co-constitutive nature of local and global interests, disjunctive flows of capital, information, people, and knowledge on the global knowledgescape and the new politics of knowledge capital, are making their impact on economic and social behaviour. New communities and networks across social and political borders forged by quickening flows of people and information worldwide have given rise to a globalised knowledge community. Different patterns of knowledge, research alliances, and social relationships are emerging.
Increasingly sophisticated communications and information technologies have enabled new forms of community and knowledge exchange. Old boundaries and sovereignties are eroding as new formations take shape.
The need for a KM player on the African continent to provide leadership for enabling practice on the ‘how to’ of knowledge sharing to a diverse audience is glaring. That player would foster connections across varying boundaries to create a ‘knowledge bank’ that links expertise with demand.
KMAfrica proposes to be that knowledge engine that drives appropriate development solutions for Africa. Its mission is to promote the use of Africa's collective knowledge as a key development resource and establish knowledge management platforms that will create access to existing networks and facilitate the sharing and utilisation of knowledge across all sectors.
Its role will also be to advocate and enhance a policy environment in Africa that retains rather than alienates African knowledge and the skilled professionals who are continually being lost to the continent in exchange for expensive international personnel.
It will do so by providing a knowledge hub to facilitate networking and the mobilisation of various networks. The hub will create a discourse between continental and international experts on knowledge management, and facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences. In so doing, it will develop a continental perspective on the interface between knowledge and development. In addition, the hub will connect institutions and organisations through a variety of forums: the internet, workshops, and other face-to-face interventions.
To increase the ability to mobilise and deploy knowledge for the successful social and economic transformation of the continent, KMAfrica has begun to prepare the ground for mobilising three networks: governance, knowledge systems, and service delivery. These networks are aimed at creating an awareness of the extent to which knowledge is being used to inform development, and investigating the interface between knowledge management and sustainable development.
KMAfrica envisages that these networks will provide the means to achieve its goals of promoting multidisciplinary knowledge exchange and multisectoral linkages with African knowledge; linking conventional and indigenous networks; enhancing the continent's capacity to access, share, and utilise knowledge; and strengthening the relationship among government, business, and civil society for improved governance and service delivery.
KMAfrica.com has a diverse profile of members from all over Africa and beyond. Members represent a vibrant community of KM professionals, students, academics and others who work with specialised knowledge at some level.
Members of KMAfrica.com come from Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. Members from further afield come from Austria, USA, USA, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Germany, Italy, France and Spain to name a few.
Some of the specialisations you'll find in the www.KMAfrica.com membership include : water management and restoration and water knowledge, health informatics, modeling & simulation, social netorking, organisational development, change management, thinking skills, economics, storytelling, facilitation, forensic auditing, management, project management, permaculture, post-conflict situation management, ICT & information science, governance and service delivery knowledge, youth empowerment, media development, journalism, election observation, architecture, research , IET, economic and social development, renewable energy, capacity building in renewable energy ( solar & wind), capacity building in ICT (Networking), education & training, forensic lab management, disease control & management, primary health care, e-publishing, crop & animal prodoction, soil rehabilitation, Geographic Information System (GIS), natural resources management particularly land and water resources with gender perspectives , corruption and governance, Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), tourism management, environmental crimes management, human resources, strategy and governance, conflict management and resolution, good governance practice, African Leadership, public administration, consulting, open access and scholarship , meta-scholarship, intellectual property management, ISO14001 environmental managment systems , biodiversity and conservation, sustainable development, poverty reduction, marketing, branding, corrision management, climate change adaptation, climate change and gender, after action reviews, benchmarking, communities of practice, qualitative and quantitative research, KM strategies, KM strategy design and implementation, Facilitating and coordinating Communities of Practice, Implementing knowledge management on projects..
KMAfrica recognises that our ambitious goals cannot be achieved without the support and co-operation of a wide range of stakeholders on the continent and beyond. KMAfrica's target audience, therefore, includes policy-makers; knowledge-producing institutions; the research sector; the private sector; the public sector; national; regional, and international development agencies; financial institutions; sector professions; NGOs and CBOs; governments; and utilities and regulators. Collaborative and co-operative relationships based on access to knowledge for all would substantially increase the potential impact of their development interventions.
KMAfrica's member resources include a variety of electronic publications, links and a member knowledge exchange that allows KMAfrica members to 'make the connection' with each other much like the way in which impromptu connections are made during the tea breaks in the actual KMAfrica conference. The resources available via this website include:
This is the KMAfrica Library Resource - if you have materials that can be placed here, please email email@example.com In addition to the library, we have a SIG maintained resource library available on http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/resources
Address by Deputy President Jacob Zuma at the Conference of Knowledge Management Africa, Caesars Palace, Johannesburg 1 March 2005
Mr Mandla Gantsho, CEO of the Development Bank of SA, Members of the Knowledge Management Africa Committee, The Honourable Raila Odinga, Minister of Roads & Public Works, Kenya, Vice-Chancellors of institutions of higher learning, Representatives of the Business Community, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests,
It is an honour and a privilege for me to be part of this important conference that deals with such a crucial issue of Knowledge Management in our country and the continent.
The deliberations and discussions that you will have in the next three days, under the theme, "Knowledge Management to Address Africa's Development Challenges," are an important contribution to help our country and our continent to deal with the challenges that face us on the issues of enhancing service delivery and governance.
We believe that since the inception of democracy in our country in 1994, a lot of ground has already been covered at the level of knowledge management. However, the most critical aspect remains that of ensuring that such knowledge is accessible to the majority of stakeholders, and also to co-ordinate the efforts that have been made.
I am pleased to see representation from academia and the business community from the African continent, to this conference. We need all key sectors to be part of this process of renewal. The challenges that face Africa cannot be solved by African governments on their own, without the participation of all stakeholders in the African continent.
As you are aware, there are many challenges that face the continent. At the dawn of the 21st century we declared this century as the African Century.
We have every intention of living up to that declaration and need the support of other sectors to make the renewal objectives a reality.
In declaring this an African century, we were informed by an experience of many decades of hardships. Due to slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism apartheid and other forms of oppression, our continent had gone through systematic underdevelopment which sowed the seeds for conflict, poverty, instability and suffering over many decades.
When Africa gained its independence from colonial powers after decades of struggle, the instruments of control by the colonising powers had been entrenched. A particular culture of public service and governance, which did not put the interests of the indigenous people first, had taken root, which many countries still have to address to this day.
We are aware that we cannot blame colonial powers alone for the predicament we found ourselves in, given that after the decolonisation period, some African elites used the opportunity of being in power to plunder resources, and disregarded democratic norms and traditions.
The challenge now is how do we work together as all sectors to reverse the socio-economic challenges facing the continent, and to entrench a culture of democracy, good governance and peace.
I must reiterate that we view it as the responsibility of every sector within the broader African society in the continent, to work towards the regeneration of Africa and the reversal of stereotypes. Your conference is therefore an important step towards that direction, where we pool our intellectual resources for the betterment of the continent.
Ladies and gentlemen, your conference takes place during the season of hope, not only in our country but the continent at large. This is largely due to the enormous amount of work that is being done to rebuild our continent and place it on the path of sustainable development.
The various organs and programmes of the African Union are being operationalised, and are geared towards helping the continent achieve the objectives of renewal. On the socio-economic front, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, NEPAD, is being implemented at various levels in various regions in the continent. The NEPAD office will be in a position to provide details and opportunities that are available.
The establishment of NEPAD holds the key to solving some of Africa's problems with its goals of eradicating poverty, enabling sustainable growth and development in the continent and working to end the marginalisation of Africa in the globalisation process.
To boost the NEPAD process, the agenda of our engagement with the developed partners in the North also includes the call for the restructuring of international economic and financial institutions, to create a more just and equitable environment for the developing world.
We are saying to the developed world we have heard their declarations of intent, we now seek concrete action plans, with regards to the opening up of markets for our products and other interventions such as the cancellation of debt.
Another new way of doing things in Africa, towards the renewal, is the promotion of democratic principles and good governance. We are seeing more and more African countries holding democratic elections and promoting a constitutional and democratic way of taking over power. Successful free and fair elections were held in the continent in the past few months, for example in Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana and Niger.
We also welcome the increasing intolerance of the unconstitutional entry into office through coups and other mechanisms within the continent.
The African Union objective of ensuring that democratic principles are respected in the whole of Africa has been given a major boost over the weekend, on the issue of Togo, when Faure Gnassingbe vacated office as the self-elected president of Togo.
The Constitution of Togo will now give direction on the issue of succession.
We are generally encouraged by the progress being made in peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts in various regions. South Africa has played a role in peacemaking and peacekeeping in various parts of the continent. We do this as we realise that we cannot achieve the socio-economic objectives we have set for the continent if there is continuing conflict.
You would be aware that a major breakthrough took place yesterday when the people of Burundi voted during the referendum on their Constitution. The referendum will pave the way for the holding of local, parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for April this year.
We congratulate the Burundians on reaching this milestone, and wish them all the best in the implementation of the rest of the transitional programme, especially the coming democratic elections.
Other important developments that have taken place in the continent have been in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Liberia is ready to hold democratic elections later this year in October, while Sierra Leone has restored its democratically elected leader President Kabbah back to his seat.
In Sudan a ceasefire has been signed, thus ending one of the longest conflicts in the continent. The step taken by the Sudanese government to resume talks with Darfur rebels is another positive development.
We are also confident that peace will finally be achieved in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and we will continue to assist the Congolese people towards holding democratic elections which are scheduled for June this year.
The positive developments on peacemaking make us optimistic that indeed a new Africa is in the process of being born, free of conflicts, wars, poverty and hunger.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me reiterate that we view the restructuring of international institutions as an important part of our strategy of rebuilding our continent, and of ensuring an equitable world political and economic order.
We believe that some of the problems that we face as a continent are also due to the fact that we are under-represented on international bodies such as the United Nations, which make and determine policy on crucial international issues such as international peace and security.
The draft African Common Position on the UN Security Council reform includes the following:
We hope to take our intelligentsia, business community and civil along as we fight this struggle of representation at the UN. We believe our time has come.
I wish you well in your deliberations, and hope that this conference will be a success. We look forward to receiving your resolutions.
I thank you
Issued by: The Presidency 1 March 2005
THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN SCIENCE ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
(ASADI III) DAKAR – SENEGAL, 12-14 NOVEMBRE 2007 DECLARATION OF DAKAR ASADI III
Members of the science Academies of Africa and the UN National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, Scientists from
different corners, Policy Markers, Representatives of Development Partners and the Civil Society, Parliamentarians and Local
Communities’ representatives meeting in Dakar, from 12th to 14th November 2007, for the Third Annual International Conference of the
African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) on the theme: Water and Health;
Aware of the prominent role of access to drinking water,
Done in Dakar, on 14th November, 2007
Read by H.E. Mrs Jennifer NAMYANGU BYAKATONDA
Senior Minister in Charge of Water Resources
Member of Parliament
The Second Biennial Conference of the Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) 2007 was held in the City of Nairobi, Kenya, from the 17th -19th July 2007 under the general theme of ‘Knowledge to remobilise Africa’, following which the Nairobi Declaration of July 2007 has been made.
The declaration was signed and dated on 18th November, in Nairobi 2007 by:
Organizational success depends less on products and more on the appropriate use and deployment of distinctive capabilities. The true core competence of any firm is the ability to create new knowledge, learn continuously, identify and solve changing problems. Interest in knowledge is being driven by:
There is no easy and accepted answer here. The problems around defining KM are also part of its strength and allure. KM is emergent, it takes on different forms, shapes and strategies in different firms and may not even look the same across groups within the same firm. It pays to take time and to have conversations to surface assumptions & beliefs, build alignment and share understandings around what knowledge means to your firm. There are a number of positions you can take to mix and match these for yourself. Most have ties to how you think about knowledge and what you believe knowledge really is! Consider your choices with care:
Ontology in philosophy (from the Greek words being, to be, science, study and theory) is the study of the nature of being, existence or reality in general, as well as of the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.
Students of Aristotle first used the word 'metaphysica' (literally "after the physical") to refer to what their teacher described as "the science of being qua being" - later known as ontology. 'Qua' means 'in the capacity of': hence, ontology is inquiry into being in so much as it is being, or into being in general, beyond any particular thing which is or exists; and the study of beings insofar as they exist, and not insofar as, for instance, particular facts obtained about them or particular properties to them. Take anything you can find in the world, and look at it, not as a puppy or a slice of pizza or a folding chair or a president, but just as something that is. More specifically, ontology concerns determining what categories of being are fundamental and asks whether, and in what sense, the items in those categories can be said to "be".
Some philosophers, notably of the Platonic school, contend that all nouns refer to existent entities. Other philosophers contend that nouns do not always name entities, but that some provide a kind of shorthand for reference to a collection of either objects or events. In this latter view, mind, instead of referring to an entity, refers to a collection of mental events experienced by a person; society refers to a collection of persons with some shared characteristics, and geometry refers to a collection of a specific kind of intellectual activity. Between these poles of realism and nominalism, there are also a variety of other positions; but any ontology must give an account of which words refer to entities, which do not, why, and what categories result. When one applies this process to nouns such as electrons, energy, contract, happiness, space, time, truth, causality, and god, ontology becomes fundamental to many branches of philosophy.
The principal questions of ontology are "What can be said to exist?" and "Into what categories, if any, can we sort existing things?" Various philosophers have provided different answers to this question. One common approach is to divide the extant entities into groups called categories. Of course, such lists of categories differ widely from one another, and it is through the co-ordination of different categorial schemes that ontology relates to such fields as theology, library science and artificial intelligence.
Further examples of ontological questions include:
"What exists", "What is", "What am I", "What is describing this to me", all exemplify questions about being, and highlight the most basic problems in ontology: finding a subject, a relationship, and an object to talk about. During the Enlightenment the view of René Descartes that "cogito ergo sum" ("I think therefore I am") had generally prevailed, although Descartes himself did not believe the question worthy of any deep investigation. However, Descartes was very religious in his philosophy, and indeed argued that "cogito ergo sum" proved the existence of God. Later theorists would note the existence of the "Cartesian Other" — asking "who is reading that sentence about thinking and being?" — and generally concluded that it must be God.
This answer, however, became increasingly unsatisfactory in the 20th century as the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science and even particle physics explored some of the most fundamental barriers to knowledge about being. Sociological theorists, most notably George Herbert Mead and Erving Goffman, saw the Cartesian Other as a "Generalized Other," the imaginary audience that individuals use when thinking about the self. According to Mead, "we do not assume there is a self to begin with. Self is not presupposed as a stuff out of which the world arises. Rather the self arises in the world"  The Cartesian Other was also used by Sigmund Freud, who saw the superego as an abstract regulatory force, and Emile Durkheim who viewed this as a psychologically manifested entity which represented God in society at large.
Schools of subjectivism, objectivism and relativism existed at various times in the 20th century, and the postmodernists and body philosophers tried to reframe all these questions in terms of bodies taking some specific action in an environment. This relied to a great degree on insights derived from scientific research into animals taking instinctive action in natural and artificial settings — as studied by biology, ecology, and cognitive science.
The processes by which bodies related to environments became of great concern, and the idea of being itself became difficult to really define. What did people mean when they said "A is B", "A must be B", "A was B"...? Some linguists advocated dropping the verb "to be" from the English language, leaving "E Prime", supposedly less prone to bad abstractions. Others, mostly philosophers, tried to dig into the word and its usage. Heidegger attempted to distinguish being and existence. Heidegger suggests that our way of being human and the way the world is for us are given by the ontological assumptions that come along with our language. These assumptions provide the context for communication: a horizon of unspoken background meanings. Because these assumptions both generate and are regenerated in our everyday interactions, the locus of our way of being is the communicative event of language in use.
Social scientists adopt one of four main ontological approaches: realism (the idea that facts are out there just waiting to be discovered), empiricism (the idea that we can observe the world and evaluate those observations in relation to facts), positivism (which focuses on the observations themselves, attentive more to claims about facts than to facts themselves), and post-modernism (which holds that facts are fluid and elusive, so we should focus only on our observational claims).
For also knowledge itself is power. Francis Bacon
Information is not knowledge. Albert Einstein
The knowledge I have now is not the knowledge I had then. Stokely Carmichael
That knowledge which is popular is not scientific. Maria Mitchell
The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein
Where is all the knowledge we lost with information? T. S. Eliot
Doubt grows with knowledge. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi
You should not ask questions without knowledge. W. Edwards Deming
A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge. Peter Drucker
Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. William Ralph Inge
Research is creating new knowledge. Neil Armstrong
Knowledge is true opinion. Plato
Knowledge is the prime need of the hour. Mary McLeod Bethune
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt
Wonder is the desire for knowledge. Saint Thomas Aquinas
If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions. Susanne Langer
Where knowledge ends, religion begins. Benjamin Disraeli
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics. Roger Bacon
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. Albert Einstein
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. Orison Swett Marden
Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake. Steve Powers
Knowledge is the life of the mind. Abu Bakr
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge. Alfred North Whitehead
Belief and knowledge are considered to be two different things. But they are not. Stanley Fish
Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other. Novalis
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God. Voltaire
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed. Charles Caleb Colton
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Albert Einstein
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Kong Fu Zi
Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. Clifford Stoll
There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help. Charles Dudley Warner
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Socrates
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. Henry David Thoreau
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. Bertrand Russell
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams
In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance. Henry Miller
There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge. Michel de Montaigne
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. William Shakespeare
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Ambrose Bierce
It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder. Joseph Wood Krutch
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance. Herodotus
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. Nicolaus Copernicus
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. Abraham Joshua Heschel
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. Maurice Maeterlinck
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there. Albert Einstein
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Albert Einstein
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein
The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it. Samuel Butler
Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail. David Hare
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. Samuel Johnson
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato
But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge. Muhammed Iqbal
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. Kahlil Gibran
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. Aldous Huxley
The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly. Jean Piaget
The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. Benjamin Disraeli
Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge. Lao Tzu
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George Bernard Shaw
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana
Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind. Friedrich Nietzsche
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
From all this it follows what the general character of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is, in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself. Talcott Parsons
We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. Michel de Montaigne
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge. Confucius
Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. David Herbert Lawrence
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Albert Einstein
It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters. Friedrich Nietzsche
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience. John Locke
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win. George Bernard Shaw
All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle
You can acquire a lot of knowledge without ever going to school. William Glasser
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. Carl Sagan
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise. Samuel Johnson
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. Voltaire
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love. George Bernard Shaw
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. Enrico Fermi
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. Leonardo da Vinci
The knowledge of God is very far from the love of Him. Blaise Pascal
I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child. Anne Sullivan
Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato
Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes. Avicenna
The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge. Ambrose Bierce
A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light. Thomas Fuller
Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months. Anthony J. D'Angelo
Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom. Will Durant
Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot
Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world. Ryszard Kapuscinski
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. John F. Kennedy
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. Herbert Spencer
The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained. David Bohm
This means that no single logic is strong enough to support the total construction of human knowledge. Jean Piaget
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing. Samuel Butler
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall. Francis Bacon
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato
Men are limited by the knowledge of their minds, the worth of their characters and the principles upon which they are building their lives. Edwin Louis Cole
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor. Aldous Huxley
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. Lord Byron
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. Albert Camus
The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. Albert Camus
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato
The idea of trying to create things that last - forever knowledge - has guided my work for a long time now. Edward Tufte
In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn. Nathaniel Branden
Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged. Russell Simmons
Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. Blaise Pascal
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Henry Ford
Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. Bertrand Russell
To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato
But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory. Talcott Parsons
A lot of knowledge in any kind of an organization is what we call task knowledge. These are things that people who have been there a long time understand are important, but they may not know how to talk about them. It's often called the culture of the organization. Howard Gardner
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance. Baltasar Gracian
One must know combinations, one must have a true knowledge of food to be in the moment. Charlie Trotter
The first step in a person's salvation is knowledge of their sin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. Calvin Coolidge
For me, there is nothing worse than the knowledge that my life holds nothing for me but being a writer. Jean Stafford
Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another. William James
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Bertrand Russell
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin
The true method of knowledge is experiment. William Blake
I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art. Kahlil Gibran
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. Kahlil Gibran
The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant. Richard Cecil
Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information. Peter Drucker
Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin
Knowledge is love and light and vision. Helen Keller
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance. Robert Quillen
A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century. David Hume
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants. Lao Tzu
Doubt is not below knowledge, but above it. Alain Rene Le Sage
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul. Will Durant
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom Charles Spurgeon
If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development. Kofi Annan
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan
Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity. Jose Marti
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. George Santayana
One of the interesting things about having little musical knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes; you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better. Brian Eno
I think it's wrong that so many people pass on from this existence, and take all their knowledge with them. Rex Hunt
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself. Arthur Schopenhauer
The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose. Dennis Potter
In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city, or even the whole world. Douglas Engelbart
Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile. Abu Bakr
Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all. Pericles
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. William Cowper
Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them. Lord Chesterfield
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. Bertrand Russell
It takes a couple of years just to get the background and knowledge that you need before you can go into detailed training for your mission. Sally Ride
The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right. William Hazlitt
All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge. James M. Baldwin
The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom. Kahlil Gibran
We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves. Saint Thomas Aquinas
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Kahlil Gibran
Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. George Santayana
The universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To it, all things are possible. Ernest Holmes
No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. Kahlil Gibran
There is no force more liberating than the knowledge that you are fighting for others. Bob Kerrey
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. George Eliot
A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician. Hippocrates
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. Bertrand Russell
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge. Jeremy Taylor
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth. Sophocles
If we want our children to value education, then we must show our appreciation for knowledge. Brad Sherman
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. Kahlil Gibran
Most of my technical knowledge comes from having worked in the industrial video industry. Richard King
It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth. Jean Piaget
The real difference between a man's scientific judgments about himself and the judgment of others about him is he has added sources of knowledge. Edward Thorndike
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. Napoleon Hill
For the progress of scientific knowledge will lead to a constant increase of expenditure. Richard Cobden
If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets. Maynard J. Keenan
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Denis Diderot
Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. Carl Jung
Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds. Anne Rice
Thus, in accordance with the spirit of the Historical School, knowledge of the principles of the human world falls within that world itself, and the human sciences form an independent system. Wilhelm Dilthey
I mean, it's the life lessons that I suppose you learn that nobody gets a free ride and that you do the best you can with the means that you can and try to open yourself to as much knowledge and all that that you can. Joe Mantegna
It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways. Paul Nurse
There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge - that is everywhere. Hermann Hesse
As far as knowledge goes I've come a long way. Jurgen Klinsmann
He that hath knowledge spareth his words. Francis Bacon
We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South. Roald Amundsen
Now it is established in the sciences that no knowledge is acquired save through the study of its causes and beginnings, if it has had causes and beginnings; nor completed except by knowledge of its accidents and accompanying essentials. Avicenna
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another. Thomas Hobbes
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. John F. Kennedy
We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. Franz Kafka
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. Marcel Proust
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice. Horace
If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say. Barbara McClintock
And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them. Carol Bellamy
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. Thomas J. Watson
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. Maria Mitchell
Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. Carl Jung
I came literally to the table with a wealth of knowledge by simply understanding how food should taste. Rocco DiSpirito
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. Kahlil Gibran
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow. Mary Wollstonecraft
There are numerous definitions of Knowledge Management, and while quite a few appear below, you are challenged to come up with your own, more useful definitions of KM and share them:
The Wikipedia definition states: Knowledge Management (KM) comprises a range of practices used in an organisation to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable adoption of insights and experiences. Such insights and experiences comprise knowledge, either embodied in individuals or embedded in organisational processes or practice. An established discipline since 1995, KM includes courses taught in the fields of business administration, information systems, management, and library and information sciences. More recently, other fields, to include those focused on information and media, computer science, public health, and public policy, also have started contributing to KM research. Many large companies and non-profit organisations have resources dedicated to internal KM efforts, often as a part of their 'Business Strategy', 'Information Technology', or 'Human Resource Management' departments. Several consulting companies also exist that provide strategy and advice regarding KM to these organisations.
KM efforts typically focus on organisational objectives such as improved performance, competitive advantage, innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, and continuous improvement of the organisation. KM efforts overlap with Organisational Learning, and may be distinguished from by a greater focus on the management of knowledge as a strategic asset and a focus on encouraging the exchange of knowledge. KM efforts can help individuals and groups to share valuable organisational insights, to reduce redundant work, to avoid reinventing the wheel per se, to reduce training time for new employees, to retain intellectual capital as employees turnover in an organisation, and to adapt to changing environments and markets
Additional definitions of KM include:
An ongoing joint quest to help discover the constraints, assumptions, location, ownership, value and use of knowledge assets, artifacts, people and their expertise, uncover blocks to knowledge creation, and find opportunities to leverage existing knowledge. Knowledge mapping may involve developing an ontology, conducting social network analysis, executing a survey, engaging a group of people in sensemaking, action research or ethnography.
The process of making the knowledge map is as important as the final product because its impossible to create a single map which will meet the needs of every situation. Agreement is required by decision-makers regarding the purpose of the knowledge mapping exercise and a map or maps created to meet those objectives.
Knowledge mapping is data gathering, survey, exploring, discovery, conversation, disagreement, gap analysis, education and synthesis. It aims to track the loss and acquisition of information & knowledge, personal and group competencies and proficiencies, show knowledge flows, appreciate the influence on intellectual capital due to staff loss, assist with team selection and technology matching.
Knowledge mapping can be contrasted with a knowledge audit which tracks deviations from policy or established process, checks for compliance with standards and procedures, seeks to measure and value knowledge assets and marketable intangibles.
A knowledge audit focusses on finding, itemizing and putting values to knowledge assets and checking compliance with approved processes. The key activity is determining the worth and market value of intellectual property and capital and spotting policy and practice deviations. Mostly this activity is concerned with portfolio management and tangible (hard) assets.
"A knowledge audit covers, legal and security (protection) issues, ownership, market value, portfolio dynamics and synergies, potential for realising capital gains and enhancing revenue streams. The knowledge audit looks at conformance and compliance, concentrates on objects which are marketable or nearly so, rather than the enviroment for new knowledge creation. Every audit attempts to locate, measure and evaluate assets with some potential market value and checks for deviations from accepted processes."
KM audit takes place after your organizational knowledge policies and processes are put in place and practices have been established. The audit meaures how faithfully the organization is following these authorized practices, lists departures, suggests revisions, controls and reviews to bring things back in-line.
KM mapping is often done at the start of a major project to collect baseline data, although I think mapping is useful as an on-going exercise. The emphasis is on exploration, discovery and opportunity finding. Knowledge audits are scheduled to value intangibles (intellectual property, social and intellectual capital) and mostly are done on an annual basis, before mergers and acquistions and as part of 'accounting' reviews or strategic due diligence exercises.
A knowledge map portrays a perspective of the players, sources, flows, constraints and sinks of knowledge within an organization. It is a navigation aid to both explicit (codified) information and tacit knowledge, showing the importance and the relationships between knowledge stores and the dynamics. The final 'map' can take multiple forms, from a pictorial display to yellowpages directory, to linked topic or concept map, to inventory lists or a matrix of assets against key business processes.
It can be very difficult sometimes to quickly identify important knowledge assets because people forget about what they know until they need to know it. Consequently it can be useful to collect stories of how people work to remind others of the knowledge they rely on. This story base provides evidence which helps the knowledge mapper know where to look and what to include in the map.
This depends on the mapping brief and may vary from recording existing explicit information sources, to understanding complex knowledge flows or evaluating industry competitiveness and innovation. Here is a checklist:
Newsfeeds, contact addresses, network transactions, helpdesk cheat sheets, patent registers, corporate libraries & HR databases, warrantee claims, LAN directory structures, record & document archives, process descriptions, push profiles, meta-data directory, social network patterns, customer notes, informal communities.
Locate 'mavens', boundary spanners, go-to contacts, off the radar databases on individual harddrives, check for coporate membership of industry SIGs and thinktanks.
A 'map of knowledge' has been assembled by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory research library. It is based on data searches in which users moved from one journal to another, thus establishing associations between them. The map includes both the sciences and the humanities in a hub and wheel arrangement, with the humanities at the center and the sciences arrayed around them. The arrangement fell out naturally from the data and is not contrived. You can download the entire map below or open the map in a new window
On 6th September 2000, 189 heads of states and governments met at the United Nations in New York to reaffirm their faith in the Organization and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were adopted at the meeting. These 8 goals are seen as key to to freeing some of the world's poorest people from the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.
The MDG's were introduced as part of a wider attempt to encourage the international community to stop talking about making a difference in the developing world and join forces to start doing something about it. The Millennium Development Goals have a crucial part to play in reducing poverty and encouraging progress in the developing world. As a result, NEPAD, COMESA, IFPMA, UNECA, and the African Development Bank have all come together in analysing the progress and discussing a way forward.
See MDG Review for further details.
AAR- After Action Review
ASADI - African Science Academies Development Initiative
BCPR -Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP)
BDP - Bureau for Development Policy (UNDP)
CAFOD -Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
CAMPFIRE - Community Area Management Programme for Indigenous Resources
CBA - Community-Based Adaptation
CBO - Community-Based Organization
CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research
CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency
CIS - Commonwealth of Independent States
CO - Country Office
CoP - Community of Practice
CPR - Crisis Prevention and Recovery
CPRP-net - Crisis Prevention and Recovery Practice-Network (UNDP)
CRC - Citizen Report Card
CSO - Civil Society Organization
CV - Curriculum Vitae
CVCA - Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis
DCAF - Democratic Control of Armed Forces
DDR - Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration
DFID - Department for International Development
DIRAC – The Directory of Radiation Centers can be accessed on http://www.iaea.org/programme.nahunet
DRM - Disaster Risk Management
ECIS - Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
E-discussion - Electronic-discussion (online discussion)
EWS - Early Warning System
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FARC - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FEWS - Net Famine Early Warning System Network
FOWECA - Forestry Outlook Study for West and Central Asia
FG - Focus Group
GOFORDEV Governance for Local Development
GGI Good Governance Index
GOFORGOLD Good Governance for Local Development***
HC - Humanitarian Coordinator (UN)
HQ - Headquarters
HR - Human Resources
IAEA - International Atomic Agency
IAEA/NUS - The national University of Singapore (NUS) has taken the initiative to start distance learning in radiation processing and tissue banking. The Tissuebank website
IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer.
IAC - InterAcademy Council
IAP - InterAcademy Panel
IAMP - InterAcademy Medical Panel
IASC - Inter-Agency Standing Committee
ICCPR - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
ICESCR - International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICERD - International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
ICT - Information and Communication Technology
IDEA - International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
IDP - Internally displaced person
IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development
ILO - International Labour Organization
INIS – The International Nuclear Information System has been operated by the IAEA and can be accessed on INIS website
IT - Information Technology
IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
KM - Knowledge Management
KMAfrica - Knowledge Management Africa (www.kmafrica.com)
KM4DEV - Knowledge Management for Development
LGB - Local Governance Barometer
LGPMS - Local Governance Performance Management System
LGSA - Local Governance Self-Assessment
LGU - local government unit
MA&D - Market Analysis & Development
M&E - Monitoring and Evaluation
MCA - Minimum Conditions of Access
MDG - Millennium Development Goal
MDGs - Millennium Development Goals
MISP - Minimum Initial Service Package
MWC - International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (short form: the Migrant Workers Convention)
MYFF - Multi-Year Funding Framework
NAP - National Action Programme to Combat Drought and Desertification
NAPA - National Adaptation Programme of Action
NASAC - Network of African Science Academies
NeLH - National Electronic Library for Health (UK)
NGO - Non-Governmental Organization
NSO - National Statistical Office
NNI - National Nuclear Institution
NSAG - Non-State Armed Group
NWFD - Non-wood forest product
OC - Office of Communications (UNDP)
ODI - Overseas Development Institute (UK)
OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECD-DAC - OECD-Development Assistance Committee
OGC - Oslo Governance Centre
OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
OSI - Open Society Institute
PBGS - Performance Based Grant System
PEM - Practice Experience Map
PES - Payment for Environmental Services
PKM - Personal Knowledge Management (see http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=og.pkm for the KMAfrica.com PKM project)
PLA - Participatory Learning for Action
PM - Performance Measure
PROFOR - Programme on Forests
RBA - Rights-Based Approaches
RBEC - Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (UNDP)
RC - Regional Center (UNDP)
RC - Resident Coordinator (UN)
RCA - Results and Competency Assessment
RRA - Rapid Rural Appraisal
SARUA - Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)
SALW - Small Arms and Light Weapons
SEI - Stockholm Environment Institute
SURF - Sub-Regional Resource Facility (UNDP)
ToR - Terms of Reference
TRAC - Target for Resource Assignment from Core Funds (UNDP)
TTF - Thematic Trust Fund (UNDP)
TWAS - The Academy of Science for the Developing World
UCLG - United Cities and Local Governments
UDHR - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UGI - Urban Governance Index
UN - United Nations
UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCDF - United Nations Capital Development Fund
UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNDPKO - United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
UNISDR - United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
USAID United States Agency for International Development
VCA - Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment
WHO - World Health Organization
WRI - World Resources Institute
www.KMAfrica.com has a vibrant community of thinkers from throughout Africa and beyond who contribute to this site via their personal blogs. When you join KMAfrica.com, you automatically have the ability to create content that becomes available to other www.KMAfrica.com members - this content includes your personal blog - or electronic diary. This can include and overview of your KM-related work and projects, thoughts about KMAfrica, tips and tricks and know-how that may be useful to other www.KMAfrica.com members. If you want to highlight your work and expertise, the blog is often an excellent way for people to get to know you and what you do.
All member blogs are aggregated and available on http://www.isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=blog so feel free to browse and see what other members have done. As a registered KMAfrica.com member, you may add your own blog by clicking on http://www.isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=node/add/blog and you can add text, voice and video to your personal blog.
KMAfrica.com also contains a searchable RSS feed aggregator that continuously polls a wide range of published blogs and places them into the www.kmafrica.com database. You can access the KM feeds on http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=aggregator If you have any ideas for blog feeds that you'd like to see included, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your work involve the creation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of knowledge? Looking for or wanting to share know-how with a community of KM professionals from throughout Africa? Wanting to make the connection? If you are saying YES! to these questions, then logon to www.KMAfrica.com. KMAfrica.com is Africa's knowledge platform that lets you to participate, contribute, share and benefit. In KMAfrica.com you'll find practical KM with an African feel plus:
KMAfrica is used by a variety of special interest groups and forums driven by the KMAfrica conference themes. SIGs include:
In order to maintain a friendly environment which will encourage growth of the www.KMAfrica.com site, posting access is controlled via user registration. Violation of these rules may result in removal of posted messages or data and or account suspension.
This section covers the organisation of KMAfrica including the advisory board and roles and responsibilities.
The initiative aims at operationalising knowledge-mobilisation and sharing across the continent through having regional chapters. By mobilizing and sharing knowledge, the initiative is to strongly contribute to addressing Africa's challenges in a manner that continuously and effectively links knowledge production with the continent?s development needs in all fields and sectors. Knowledge has emerged as the key factor in wealth-creation and production processes. KMAfrica's aims to be the knowledge engine that drives appropriate development solutions for Africa. This will be done through:
How can knowledge be used to re-position Africa in the global economy, particularly with regard to the impact of technology?
Knowledge Management Africa (www.KMAfrica.com) invites the submission of papers for its Third Biennial Conference KMA 2009: “Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy”. Papers which focus on the application of technologies in addressing the conference theme are strongly encouraged.
Researchers, practitioners, private and public institutions, and civil society organizations seeking to influence the creation of new knowledge communities and networks across political and social borders in the rejuvenation of Africa are invited to participate.
High quality submissions on all topics related to ‘Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy’ are encouraged. Of particular relevance for the conference will be papers that explore how the application of knowledge management tools and techniques have impacted on development challenges in institutions, communities, civil society or enterprises. Interdisciplinary, applied and theoretical research findings that reflect best practice and lessons learnt relevant to Africa are sought.
KMAfrica2009 is taking place in Dakar, West Africa on the 4th-7th May 2009. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula, on Africa's Atlantic coast. Dakar is a major administrative centre, home to the National Assembly of Senegal and Senegal Presidential Palace.
S.E. Maître Abdoulaye WADE
L’ouverture de la Troisième Conférence KMA
«La Gestion des Connaissances pour Repositionner l’Afrique dans l’Economie Mondiale»
Monsieur le Président,
Excellences Mesdames Messieurs les Ministres et Chefs de Délégation,
Excellences Messieurs les Ambassadeurs et Chefs de Missions Diplomatiques et Consulaires,
Professeur Souleymane NIANG, Président de l’Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du SENEGAL,
Dr. Lulu GWAGWA, Président du Conseil de Direction de KMA
Monsieur Paul Balayi, Directeur Général de la Banque de Développement de l’Afrique Australe,
Mr. Amadou Makhtar MBOW, ancien Directeur Général de l’UNESCO et invité d’honneur de cette Conférence,
Monsieur le Directeur Exécutif du Centre Régional Africain de Technologie (CRAT),
Mr Mohamed H’MIDOUCHE, Directeur Régional de la Banque Africaine de Développement
Eminents Membres de l’Académie des Sciences et Techniques du SENEGAL,
Messieurs les Représentants des Organisations Internationales,
Mesdames, Messieurs les Participants,
Permettez-moi tout d’abord de souhaite la bienvenue à nos hôtes Sud-africains et à tous ceux qui, venus d’horizons divers, décideurs politiques, scientifiques engagés dans la réflexion et la recherche pour un monde meilleur, universitaires et hommes d’affaires, mais également aux membres de la Société civile et autres acteurs non-gouvernementaux.
Vous êtes tous à DAKAR pour réfléchir et échanger sur la Place de l’Afrique dans le monde et dans l’économie mondiale en particulier vos assises vont se dérouler dans un contexte où tous nos pays, pays en développement comme pays riches sont à la croisée des chemins. Cet environnement est, certes, marqué par la crise multidimensionnelle que nous vivons aux plans financier, énergétique, alimentaire et sanitaire, mais également par des mutations formidables encore inachevées ; ces mutations sont dominées par l’émergence de l’économie du savoir en particulier et elle sont porteuses de grands espoirs ; votre Conférence vient donc à son heure et soyez en remerciés.
Mes remerciements vont, bien entendu aux Co-organisateurs de ces importantes assises, notamment à la Banque de Développement de l’Afrique Australe (DBSA), au Centre Régional Africain de Technologie (CRAT) et à l’Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS) ainsi qu’à la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) qui leur a apporté son soutien.
L’initiative «KMA», Gestion Des Connaissances Pour Le Développement De l’Afrique, s’inscrit résolument dans le cadre des efforts en cours pour l’avènement de la Renaissance de l’Afrique et dont l’Afrique du Sud et le Sénégal partagent le leadership.
Monsieur le Président
Mesdames et Messieurs,
Le thème de cette Conférence est d’une actualité brûlante pour deux raisons :
Ce forum devrait être institutionnalisé et les scientifiques de la diaspora africaine devraient continuer à y jouer un rôle important. Voila une raison pour nous de renforcer le CRAT et le lui faire jouer un rôle dans le développement, l’acquisition, le transfert et l’utilisation effective de ces Technologies.
Monsieur le Président
Nombreux sont, parmi les personnes ressources à cette conférence qui nous parleront du rôle marginal de l’Afrique dans l’économie mondiale, de notre participation au commerce international et à la Production industrielle qui ne dépasse guère les 2%, de l’insuffisance de nos infrastructures de Transport et de télécommunication, de l’insuffisance de notre contribution au contenu quant à l’utilisation des NTIC’s… Toutes choses qui justifient la nécessité de « Repositionner l’Afrique dans l’Economie Mondiale ».
Pour bon nombre d’experts, la solution à nos problèmes réside dans l’ouverture de nos économies au reste du monde, au renoncement à toute forme de protection. Cette prescription est souvent présentée comme une panacée. Mes convictions de libéral ne m’empêchent cependant pas d’appeler à plus de lucidité dans ce domaine, notamment à la nécessaire conciliation entre les dimensions endogène du développement et l’ouverture voire la globalisation. Je crois fermement que « l’enracinement » dans nos cultures et le développement endogène sont indispensables à une participation efficace de l’Afrique dans l’économie mondiale. Le débat sur l’opposition entre modèles endogènes de développement et modèles de développement extravertis devrait, à mon humble avis, être dépassé.
L’Afrique a besoin de se doter de capacités humaines, institutionnelles et infrastructurelles fortes pour mieux contribuer à l’économie mondiale ; Elle doit accélérer l’exploration et l’exploitation de ses abondantes ressources naturelles, augmenter leur valeur ajoutée et mieux maîtriser les chaînes de Transport et de Transit sur le continent pour être un acteur significatif dans le commerce international.
Il est heureux de constater que la quasi-totalité de nos partenaires des pays développés (de l’Union Européenne, au Japon, du Canada aux Etats-Unis et bien d’autres) ont pris conscience de la nécessité pour l’Afrique de se doter de réseaux d’infrastructures de Transport et Communications denses et d’accroître sa production d’énergie. Avec les délocalisations et les mutations en cours vers d’avantage d’économie du savoir dans les pays riches, cette prise de conscience devrait s’étendre à l’acceptation de la création et/ou du transfert des chaînes de Transformation de matières premières vers l’Afrique ; ils permettraient ainsi une contribution plus significative et plus positive de l’Afrique à la valeur ajoutée et donc à la production industrielle mondiale.
La récente crise alimentaire mondiale milite pour le développement d’une agriculture africaine capable d’assurer la sécurité alimentaire de nos populations ; nos partenaires au développement sont maintenant prêts à accepter cette exigence et à tolérer la protection sélective nécessaire de certaines de nos productions. C’est le sens de la Grande Offensive Agricole pour la Nourriture et l’abondance, (GOANA) que nous avons lancée dans ce pays et dont la première Phase a atteint ses objectifs.
KMA devrait donc rester saisie des impératifs du développement endogène et local, conditions nécessaires à une intégration efficace d’une Afrique en quête de repositionnement dans l’économie mondiale. Il est heureux de noter que les conférences biennales de l’Initiative qui ont eu lieu à Johannesburg pour KMA I et Nairobi pour KMA II ont posé des jalons importants dans ce sens. C’est le lieu de féliciter la Direction Générale de la DBSA pour son leadership, sa clairvoyance et sa détermination et de louer ses divers partenaires pour leur engagement.
KMA I a été surtout une occasion pour lancer l’initiative et pour circonscrire son contenu au plan des principes, KMA II a mis l’ accent sur les défis du développement ; KMA III devrait faire le lien entre ces défis et la globalisation et jeter les bases solides pour sa pérennisation et son ancrage aux niveaux national, sous régional et régional.
L’idée d’une Fondation KMA, sous l’égide la DBSA et du NEPAD devrait faire l’objet d’une réflexion approfondie en vue de la mise en place d’un mécanisme efficace de coordination avec des fonds de dotation pour le financement des Centres régionaux d’excellence. Ce mécanisme devrait tirer partie d’autres initiatives tels que le Fonds Numérique que nous avons mis en place pour mobiliser des ressources en vue de combler le fossé numérique entre l’Afrique et le monde développé.
L’atteinte des objectifs de KMA passe par un Processus de résautage dynamique, une utilisation efficace des Technologies de l’Information et des Communications et la création de contenus à échanger, ces contenus requièrent une collecte efficace des données Technologiques pertinentes y compris celles relatives aux connaissances indigènes, des informations, des rapports et des études susceptibles de contribuer à la maîtrise des connaissances pour le développement socio-économique de nos pays.
- Monsieur le Président,
- Distingués participants
Je voudrais terminer mon propos en vous remerciant et en assurant les parties prenantes de KMA de notre soutien et de notre engagement et en les encourageant à faire de cette initiative une réussite.
Je déclare ouverte la Troisième Conférence KMA sur la « Gestion des Connaissances pour Repositionner l’Afrique dans l’Economie Mondiale » et je souhaite plein succès à vos travaux.
Dakar, 7th May, 2009
African science researchers and policy advisers have agreed to set up a foundation, to be known as the Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) Foundation to promote the use of scientific and other forms of knowledge by both public and private decision-makers in the continent.
The Dakar Declaration released on 7th May 2009 emphasised the need to move from "development rhetoric" to concrete, action-oriented programmes. These include the development of infrastructure and the more efficient use of resources needed to promote sustainable growth in fields such as health and agriculture.
The project is endorsed by a number of African-based banks and is under the auspices of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is intended to be a focal point for various African initiatives designed to investigate an aspect of using scientific and technical knowledge to promote social and economic progress such as:
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC SECTOR
Browse the full presentation version of the paper by downloading the .pdf version
The Third Conference of the "Knowledge Management Africa (KMA)" initiative on "KNOWLEDGE TO REPOSITION AFRICA IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY” was held from 4 to 7 May 2009 at the Dakar-based Hotel Méridien President. The conference was jointly organised by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the African Regional Centre for Technology (ARCT), and the Senegalese National Academy of Science and Techniques (ANST), with technical and financial support from the Government of Senegal and the following international institutions: the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the NEPAD.
In accordance with the KMA policy, the Dakar Conference aims at promoting cooperation for the joint exploration and tapping of development potentials through the effective use of knowledge and technologies for the sustainable development of Africa. Furthermore, the specific objectives include:
The key results expected from the Conference can be summarised as follows:
This General Report of the KMA III Conference covers the following activities:
KMA III was a resounding success given the level and quality of participations and organisation of an exhibition, a considerable innovation compared to the first two meetings. Thus nearly three hundred (300) participants from thirty North American, Latin American, European, Asian and African countries took part in the Dakar conference.
Overview of the officials at the Opening Ceremonie, chaired by S.E the Professor Amadou Tidiane Ba, Minister of Scientfic Research of Senegal, May 4th,
Overview of the officials at the Opening Ceremonie, chaired by S.E the Professor Amadou Tidiane Ba, Minister of Scientfic Research of Senegal, May 4th, 2009
De gauche à droite, on reconnait : From left to Right :
The first session ended with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between DBSA, ANSTS and ARCT, and was followed by the official opening of the Exhibition.
Evaluating the activities conducted after the various KMA meetings and analysing their relevance
KMA governing bodies
The day of 6 May 2006 was dedicated to parallel workshops as part of sessions 6, 7, 8 and 9. A total of five workshops were organised on the following themes:
A ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between AUF, ANST and ARCT was held on the sidelines of the conference, especially before the 5 May 2009 roundtable sessions. The MOU especially governs the arrangements for AUF financial support for the KMA Conference. These institutions were represented by Professor Emile TANAWA, Regional Director of AUF for West Africa, Prof. Souleymane Niang of ANST, and Dr. Ousmane Kane, Executive Director of ARCT, respectively.
Pr Ahmadou Lamine NDIAYE transferring powers to Pr Abdelaziz Ghabri
Prof. Ndiaye expressing the satisfaction of the National Organising Committee for leading KMA III to an end and then handing office over to Prof. Ghabra in front of applauding Dr Snowy Khoza
Prof. Ghabra commending the National Organising Committee for the success of KMA III and noting that it will not easy to do as well as Senegal, but that his country will do its best to meet the challenge of successfully organising KMA IV. The ceremony ended in a cheerful mood, with a presentation of gifts to the officials of the DBSA delegation and various presenters.
ISSUED IN DAKAR ON 7 MAY 2009
Archive of key pages from KMAfrica2009, Dakar, Senegal including call for papers , key addresses etc. If you want to look at the actual papers and paper abstracts, please go to http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/?q=group.kmafrica
Here is the KMAfrica2009 program available for download in pdf format. Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice.
A. 4-7 May, 2009 Dakar, Senegal
A. Le Meridien President Hotel, Pointe des Almadies BP, 8181, Dakar, Senegal Phone: (221)(33) 8696969. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/overview/index.html?pr...
A. Please send your abstract of between 100-500 words to email@example.com before 30th November 2008. Abstracts must include the following information:
A. Yes, please send your abstract or your paper in French to firstname.lastname@example.org
A. The Conference Theme for KMAfrica2009 is “Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy”
A. Sub-themes for KMAfrica2009 include:
The sub-themes will form ‘tracks’ according to which conference sessions will be organised. Papers dealing with cross cutting issues such as technology, institutional development and capacity building, human resource development, employment, infrastructure and IKS will be absorbed within the appropriate conference sub-themes.
A. Researchers, practitioners, private and public institutions, and civil society organizations seeking to influence the creation of new knowledge communities and networks across political and social borders in the rejuvenation of Africa are invited to participate. High quality submissions on all topics related to ‘Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy’ are encouraged. Of particular relevance for the conference will be papers that explore how the application of knowledge management tools and techniques has impacted on development challenges in institutions, communities, civil society or enterprises. Interdisciplinary, applied and theoretical research findings that reflect best practice and lessons learnt relevant to Africa are sought.
Papers from women and the youth will receive special consideration. Research papers and papers that share practical experience/best practice/lesson learnt are especially invited.
A. Papers focussing on issues that are critical in Africa, such as food security, health, energy and transport, are welcomed.
A. email1 : email@example.com for general queries
A. email2: firstname.lastname@example.org for submission of conference papers & abstracts
Postal Address: www.KMAfrica.com c/o Development Bank of South Africa, POBox 1234, Halfway House, South Africa
Dakar is well connected to other African capitals. Air Sénégal International has good, regular connections to Praia in Cape Verde (US$300), Banjul (US$300), Bissau (US$200), Abidjan, (US$350), Accra (US$380) and Bamako (US$290). Lagos is best reached by Virgin Nigeria (around US$380). There are also good connections to Morocco (Royal Air Maroc), Algeria (Air Algérie) and Tunisia (Air Tunisia). For trips to East Africa, Kenya Airways is your best option. Trips to Nairobi cost around US$1600, and there are good connections to Uganda and Tanzania. Ethiopian Airways has an excellent link to Addis Ababa (US$800), and South African Airways flies to Johannesburg (US$1300).
All visitors must either hold a return or onward ticket, or pay a deposit to the airline approximately equal to the fare of a ticket from Senegal to their country of origin (refundable on request to the local Treasury before leaving Senegal) and all documents for next destination. Passports must be valid for at least three months on entry.
A valid international health certificate proving vaccination against yellow fever and meningitis is required. Immunisation against hepatitis A and B, polio, tetanus and typhoid is recommended. Cholera and malaria is a risk. Bilharzia and rabies are present.
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Knowledge Management Africa (www.KMAfrica.com) vous invite à soumettre des communications pour sa Troisiéme Conférence Biennale KMA 2009 : “Les Connaissances pour repositionner l’Afrique dans l’Économie Mondiale”. Les communications qui se pencheront sur l’application des technologies pour contribuer au thème de la conférence sont fortement encouragées. Nous invitons les personnes suivantes à participer à la Conférence: chercheurs, praticiens, institutions privées et publiques ainsi que les organisations de la société civile cherchant à influencer la création de nouvelles communautés et réseaux de connaissances dont la portée va au-delà des frontières politiques et sociales dans le renouvellement de l’Afrique à participer.
Nous encouragerons les communications dont la qualité est élevée et qui abordent tous les sujets liés aux “Connaissances pour epositionner l’Afrique dans l’Économie Mondiale”. Les communications qui étudient la manière dont l’application des outils et techniques de gestion des connaissances a influencé les défis du développement dans les institutions, dans es communautés, dans la société civile ou dans les entreprises seront particulièrement pertinentes pour la conférence. Nous chercherons à prendre connaissance des résultats de recherches interdisciplinaires, appliquées et théoriques qui reflètent les meilleures pratiques et leçons apprises d’importance pour l’Afrique.
Knowledge Management Africa est une initiative qui vise à utiliser le savoir comme ressource essentielle pour le développement, l’amélioration de la gouvernance et la prestation de services en Afrique par l’établissement de plateformes KM, la création d’un accès aux réseaux actuels et la facilitation du partage et de l’utilisation des connaissances.
Sur la base du thème général de la conférence indiqué ci-dessus, les communications et présentations pour la conférence KMA 2009 portant sur les thèmes sous- jacents suivants sont invitées :
Les thèmes sous-jacents ci-dessus formeront des “volets” sur lesquels plusieurs séances seront organisées. Les communications traitant de questions concernant plusieurs domaines tels que la technologie, le développement institutionnel et l’amélioration des capacités, le développement des ressources humaines, l’emploi, l’infrastructure et les systèmes de savoir indigène seront comprises dans les thèmes sous-jacents concernés.
Les communications se penchant sur les questions critiques pour l’Afrique telles que sécurité alimentaire, eau,santé, éducation, énergie et transport seront les bienvenues.
Les communications présentées par des femmes et des jeunes recevront une attention toute particulière.
Les articles et communications décrivant des expériences/meilleures pratiques/leçons apprises seront particulièrement favorisés.
Les résumés soumis devront comporter de 100 à 500 mots, mots-clés inclus.
Tous les résumés doivent parvenir au Secrétariat de la
Conférence avant le 30 november 2008.
Les résumés devront inclure les informations suivantes :
S’il vous plait, trouvez en piece jointe le resume de 270 mots.
Volet de la Conférence pour lequel la communication devra iêtre considérée.
NB: Toute correspondance relative aux soumissions de communications ne sera établie qu’avec un auteur désigné pour ce rôle. Sauf indication contraire, le premier auteur sera par défaut l’auteur avec qui le Secrétariat de la Conférence correspondra.
Type de fichier requis pour les résumés : MS Word pour Windows
Taille de la police de caractère : 12
Police de caractère : Arial
Communications complètes :
Type de fichier requis pour les résumés : MS Word pour Windows
Taille de la police de caractère : 12
Police de caractère : Arial
Envoyer vos résumés et communications en pièce jointe par e-mail à partir de la page Internet de KMA.
Contact : Dulcee Musi
Development Bank of Southern Africa
1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand, Afrique du Sud
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Tél. : 27 11 313 3637 ou Téléfax : 27 11 206 3637
Pour toute demande d’information, correspondance ou soumission.
Le panel de sélection du comité de la conférence étudiera tous les résumés reçus avant la date finale de soumission. Les auteurs dont les résumés sont acceptés seront avisés, et devront préparer et soumettre leur communication intégrale avant la date finale de soumission indiquée ci-dessus. La version provisoire des communications sera évaluée par le groupe de référence des pairs. Des commentaires et suggestions seront envoyés aux auteurs, qui devront prendre ces derniers en considération avant de soumettre la version finale de leur communication avant la date finale de soumission indiquée ci-dessus. Chaque communication sera analysée en double aveugle par les membres du comité de confÈrence pour garantir
que les normes requises sont respectées, que l’article correspond au sujet proposé dans le résumé, que la communication respecte la longueur préconisée, que la qualité de l’anglais, du français ou du portugais est appropriée et que l’article contient des références bibliographiques adéquates. Les communications acceptées seront publiées dans les Actes de la Conférence, à condition qu’au moins un des auteurs ait enregistré et présenté les travaux à la Conférence. Les Actes de la Conférence seront publiées sur CD, qui sera disponible pour tous les participants de la Conférence. Une sélection de communications sera publiée dans un livre
Conférences Biennales de Knowledge Management Africa.
Knowledge Management Africa (www.kmafrica.com) cherche à faciliter l’échange continu de connaissances par l’intermédiaire de structures créées par les participants. Les connaissances sont une ressource inestimable qui détient le potentiel d’une bonne gouvernance, du développement socioéconomique et la prestation de services en Afrique.
L’objectif de KMA est d’établir des plateformes de gestion des connaissances, de créer un accès et d’augmenter les réseaux et forums actuels des connaissances et de faciliter le partage et l’utilisation des connaissances dans le continent africain.
Les conférences biennales KMA rassemblent responsables de la formulation des politiques, institutions de développement, bailleurs de fonds, agences internationales, universitaires, professionnels de différents secteurs et organisations de la société civile pour la dissémination et l’échange des connaissances pour façonner le futur de l’Afrique.
La Conférence Inaugurale KMA 2005 - “Le Savoir pour traiter les défis de l’Afrique” - a eu lieu dans la ville de
Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, du 28 février au 1er mars 2005. Cette conférence a tout d’abord été inspirée par l’appel opportun lancé par une génération de dirigeants africains convaincus et engagés dans un nouveau commencement pour l’Afrique. La conférence a été couronnée de succès, et a abouti à la publication des premiers Actes de la Conférence KMA, à l’institutionnalisation de KMA et au renforcement des relations entre et parmi les pays d’Afrique. L’un des résultats les plus important de cet événement a été de souligner l’urgente nécessité de créer des solutions de savoir endogène pour le programme de développement de l’Afrique.
La Seconde Conférence Biennale KMA 2007 a été accueillie par le Ministère de la Planification et du Développement National du Kenya, en partenariat avec la Banque de Développement d’Afrique Australe (DBSA) et l’Université du Witwatersrand. La Conférence a été parrainée par d’autres agences et institutions. L’événement a eu lieu à Nairobi du 17 au 19 juillet 2007 et a approfondi le rôle de KMA comme médiateur dans le transfert durable de connaissances par l’intermédiaire des communautés des connaissances et l’infrastructure électronique.
La Conférence s’est penchée sur l’étude de stratégies pratiques de mise en úuvre et l’examen de modèles et théories de travail qui font progresser la manière dont l’Afrique exploite son potentiel de connaissances. Cette Conférence a abouti à la signature de la DÈclaration de Nairobi, dont le but est d’institutionnaliser KMA sur le continent, et à la publication du Livre KMA 2007, qui comprend les Actes et résolutions de la Conférence.
TroisiËme Conférence Biennale KMA 2009 : “Le Savoir pour Repositionner l’Afrique dans l’Economie Mondiale”
Cette troisième conférence KMA prendra comme point de départ les bases lancées par les précédentes conférences mais identifiera également les fossés, surtout technologiques, dans le développement durable, qui préviennent un meilleur progrès en Afrique. C’est également dans ce contexte que la troisième Conférence KMA, qui aura lieu à Dakar en 2009, se penchera sur la manière dont le savoir peut Ítre utilisé pour repositionner l’Afrique dans l’économie mondiale, en particulier dans le domaine de l’impact de la technologie.
Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) invites the submission of papers for its Third Biennial Conference KMA 2009: “Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy”. Papers which focus on the application of technologies in addressing the conference theme are strongly encouraged.
Researchers, practitioners, private and public institutions, and civil society organizations seeking to influence the creation of new knowledge communities and networks across political and social borders in the rejuvenation of Africa are invited to participate. High quality submissions on all topics related to ‘Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the Global Economy’ are encouraged. Of particular relevance for the conference will be papers that explore how the application of knowledge management tools and techniques has impacted on development challenges in institutions, communities, civil society or enterprises. Interdisciplinary, applied and theoretical research findings that reflect best practice and lessons learnt relevant to Africa are sought.
Knowledge Management Africa is an initiative that aims to utilise knowledge as a key resource in development, with a view to enhancing governance and service delivery in Africa by establishing KM platforms, creating access to existing networks, and facilitating the sharing and utilisation of knowledge.
On the basis of the broad conference theme statement above, papers and presentations for KMA 2009 are invited within the following key sub-themes:
The above sub-themes will form ‘tracks’ according to which a number of conference sessions will be organised. Papers dealing with cross cutting issues such as technology, institutional development and capacity building, human resource development, employment, infrastructure and IKS will be absorbed within the appropriate conference sub-themes. Papers focussing on issues that are critical in Africa, such as food security, health, energy and transport, are welcomed. Papers from women and the youth will receive special consideration. Research papers and papers that share practical experience/best practice/lesson learnt are especially invited.
Submitted abstracts should be strictly limited to between 100 and 500 words, including keywords.
All abstracts should be received by the Conference Secretariat by 30 November 2008. Abstracts must include the following:
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Send all abstracts and papers by e-mail attachment to:
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For all inquiries, correspondence and submissions
The peer reference group of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline.The authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive notification to prepare and submit a draft paper. Draft papers will be reviewed by the peer reference group. Authors will receive comments and suggestions which they must take into account before submitting their full paper before the deadline for paper submission given above.
Each paper will be double-blind reviewed by members of the peer reference group to ensure that required standards are met; that the proposed subject of the paper’s abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, that the standard of English or French is adequate and that the paper is appropriately referenced. Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings on www.kmafrica.com provided at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference. Conference proceedings will be published on a CD, which will be made available to all conference participants. Selected papers will be published in a book.
Knowledge Management Africa (www.KMAfrica.com) exists to design ongoing knowledge exchange on an African stage in a managed way through structures and platforms created by the participants themselves. Knowledge is a valuable resource that holds the potential for sound governance, socio-economic development and service delivery in Africa. KMA’s goal is to establish knowledge management platforms, create access to and augment existing knowledge networks and forums, and to facilitate the sharing and utilisation of knowledge across the African continent.
The biennial conferences of KMA bring together policy-makers, development institutions, donors, international agencies, academics, sector professionals and civil society organizations for knowledge dissemination and exchange to shape the future of Africa.
The Inaugural Conference KMA 2005 “Knowledge to address Africa's development challenges’ was held in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa from 28th February to 1st March 2005. This conference was inspired first and foremost, by the timely call by a new generation of African leaders who are convinced and dedicated to a new beginning in Africa. This was a successful conference which led to the production of the first KMA publication, 2005 Conference proceedings, institutionalisation of KMAfrica and strengthening relationships between and amongst African countries. One of the significant outcomes of this gathering was to highlight an urgent need for the creation of endogenous knowledge solutions for the development agenda of Africa.
The Second Biennial Conference KMA 2007 was hosted by the Ministry of Planning and National Development, Government of Kenya, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the University of the Witwatersrand and was supported by a number of other agencies and institutions. It was held in Nairobi on the 17th – 19th July 2007 and deepened KMA’s role as a mediator in the sustainable transfer of knowledge through knowledge communities and electronic infrastructure.
The Conference focused on exploring practical implementation strategies and examining working models and theories that advance the way in which Africa harnesses its knowledge potential. This conference culminated in signing of the Nairobi Declaration, which aimed to institutionalise KMA in the continent, the KMA 2007 Book, which captured all the proceedings and resolutions of the conference. The Third Biennial Conference KMA 2009 “Knowledge to Reposition Africa in the global economy”
This third KMA conference will build on the development gains achieved thus far but will also identify gaps, especially technological, in sustainable development that hamper greater progress in Africa. It is in this context that the third KMA conference to be held in Dakar in 2009 will focus on how knowledge can be used to reposition Africa in the global economy.
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Vers une fondation africaine Knowledge Management Africa
Plusieurs universitaires, scientifiques, chercheurs et responsables de la Société civile africains ont décidé de créer une fondation "Knowledge Management Africa" (KMA) chargée d'appuyer la production, la diffusion et le partage du savoir en Afrique, a appris jeudi soir la PANA.
Environ 300 participants de la troisième conférence biennale KMA qui se déroulait à Dakar du 04 au 07 mai ont appelé à la création de cette fondation.
"Nous appelons à la création d'une fondation KMA chargée de coordonner et de mobiliser les ressources financières et humaines pour appuyer la production, la diffusion et le partage du savoir en Afrique", ont soutenu les participants dans une déclaration publiée jeudi soir à la clôture de la 3ème biennale KMA.
Un secrétariat de cette fondation composé de la Banque de développement d'Afrique australe (DBSA) et des gouvernements sud-africain, kenyan et sénégalais ainsi que d'autres institutions, comme la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) et l'Académie nationale des sciences et techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS) a été proposé.
L'institution aura des démembrements dans les différentes sous- régions africaines.
Selon Ousmane Kane, directeur du Centre régional africain de technologie, cette fondation devrait permettre de traduire en actes concrets les idées exprimées dans les conférences KMA depuis 2005.
"Jusque-là, le grand problème que nous avons en Afrique dans le domaine de la recherche, c'est la question du financement. Mais grâce à la fondation KMA, ce problème est réglé", s'est réjoui M. Kane au cours d'une conférence de presse jeudi soir à la fin de la 3ème biennale KMA.
La DBSA porteur de l'idée KMA serait disposée à mettre suffisamment de moyens financiers pour soutenir la recherche et l'utilisation des résultats de la recherche en Afrique.
"Nous devons dépasser la rhétorique de développement et aller à des actions concrètes", a d'ailleurs invité Mme Snowy Khoza, représentante de la DBSA.
Des hauts responsables dans la formulation et la mise en œuvre de politiques scientifiques, économiques, des universitaires, des chercheurs, des représentants de la Société civile et du secteur privé ont pris part à la 3ème conférence KMA.
La rencontre organisée par l'ANSTS, le CRAT et la BDSA, vise à élaborer des approches collectives susceptibles d'assurer et de faire converger tous les efforts vers le développement durable de l'Afrique.
Dakar - 08/05/2009
African science researchers and policy advisers have agreed to set up a foundation, endorsed by a range of African-based banks, to promote the use of scientific and other forms of knowledge by both public and private decision-makers in the continent.
The body, to be known as the Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) Foundation, will be under the auspices of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It will be a focal point for various initiatives across Africa, each designed to investigate an aspect of using scientific and technical knowledge to promote social and economic progress.
South Africa, for example, will host studies on the use of indigenous knowledge and how it can be enhanced through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and intellectual property laws.
But the foundation could also demonstrate to external donors that African banks are prepared to support knowledge-based investment projects. And this in turn will help persuade donors to back such projects with their own funds.
The decision to set up the foundation was made at the end of a three-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on ways of promoting effective knowledge management in Africa, both to improve the services that governments provide to their communities and to boost Africa's role in the global economy.
A statement, known as the Dakar Declaration, approved yesterday (7 May), emphasised the need to move from "development rhetoric" to concrete, action-oriented programmes. These include the development of infrastructure and the more efficient use of resources needed to promote sustainable growth in fields such as health and agriculture.
The foundation will also investigate how to build centres of excellence across the continent as "repositories of knowledge" - and the creation of networks of researchers intended to promote knowledge-sharing and cross-border collaboration.
In addition, it will seek to increase engagement in the continent's development efforts from both the African scientific diaspora and what the Dakar meeting referred to as "friends of Africa".
"The main goal of this foundation is to promote knowledge management in Africa as a way of using scientific and technical knowledge as a productive force," says Ousmane Kane, director of the African Regional Centre for Technology, which was one of the main organisers of the meeting together with Senegal's National Academy of Science and Technology.
"To do this, we want to make the initiative more sustainable and to bring in other stakeholders and partners," says Kane. For example, he points out that, while the initial meetings were supported primarily by the DBSA, the Dakar meeting was also supported by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Islamic Development Bank - both of whom will be represented on the board of the new foundation.
Links with the ADB in particular, which has been steadily increasing its commitment to supporting science-related projects in recent years, are likely to be strengthened by the decision to hold the next KMA meeting in two years' time in Tunisia, where the bank is based.
The decision was welcomed by Innocent Butare, a senior programme specialist for the Canadian-financed International Development Research Centre.
"It is important to see that those behind this initiative are insisting on the need to back such projects with African resources before approaching international donors," Butare told the final session of the Dakar meeting. "With that basis, the support of donors is something that you will get."
The move was also welcomed by Snowy Khoza, a senior executive within the ADBS who has been promoting improved knowledge management as central to the provision of more effective public services in South Africa.
"However long it takes, it is important to find African solutions to address African challenges," Khoza said.
By David Dickson www.SciDev.net
There’s a famous line Moliere’s play Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme where, after a lesson in social style, the lead character expresses both surprise and pleasure at his discovery that he has “been speaking prose all my life, and [I] didn’t even know it!”
At the end of three days of intensive discussions, a significant proportion of the 300 or so delegates attending this week’s meeting in Dakar, Senegal, may well be returning home with the same feeling about the concept of “knowledge management”.
Some of the presentations to the 3rd Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) meeting applied the term to the new opportunities to put science and technology to productive use that are being opened by, for example, novel communication technologies (including both the Internet and mobile telephone).
Others, however, pointed out during the meering that in areas such as health and food production, finding ways of putting medical and agricultural science to use has been a central concern of development programmes for several decade.
But despite – or perhaps because of — the continuing lack of a precise definition, the meeting ended not only with a consensus that improved knowledge management, within both the public and private sector, is vital for Africa’s future prosperity, but also agreement on steps that will hopefully help this to happen.
One of the most concrete will be setting up of a new foundation, based at least initially in South Africa, that will seek to become a hub for Africa-wide efforts to boost knowledge management, while at the same time providing support for practical activities aimed at this goal in different parts of the continent (See story here).
Importantly, the foundation will provide a mechanism through which a range of African banks will be able to explore ways in which their lending policies can be broadened to include not only conventional investments, but also those aimed at building up Africa’s scientific and technical capacities.
(To be continued)
By David Dickson www.SciDev.net
It’s relatively rare for a non-African participant to receive a warm round of spontaneous applause from an audience gathered to discuss African solutions to Africa’s problems — a key idea behind the concept of an Africa “renaissance”.
That was the response, however, to a suggestion from Malaysian Lee Yee Cheong that individuals who had lived and worked in Africa should be accepted as honorary members of the African diaspora, even if they do not have blood relations with the continent.
Lee, an engineer by training, is a familiar figure on the “science and technology for development” scene. He was co-chair of a Millennium Project task force which issued a report on the topic four years ago, and also a driving force behind the creation of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) which opened in Malaysia last year.
But, as he reminded his audience, he is currently acting as an adviser to the Kenyan government. He suggested that this entitled him (and others in similar situations) to consider themselves part of an international community dedicated to helping Africa solve its problems.
“Please extend the term diaspora to those who love Africa,” he said. “I suggest that you include those foreigners who have worked and lived in the continent, or generally consider themselves to be ‘friends of Africa’, not just those who were born here.”
His remarks, based on his own experiences on the support that non-Malaysians have given his own country, went down well in the room, to judge by the warm round of applause with which they were greeted by other participants – almost entirely African.
“It’s a good point,” says Nigerian-born Patrick Ezepue, a researcher in quantitative modelling for business at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom, who is setting up an organisation through which African scientists currently based in Britain can contribute their skills to African development. “We don’t want to be parochial about this kind of thing”.
By David Dickson www.SciDev.net
Few participants in the Dakar conference on knowledge management can have had more experience of the challenges facing science in Africa than Amadou-Makhtar M’Bow, a former education minister of Senegal, and director general of UNESCO from 1974 to 1987 — the first black African to head a major UN organisation.
M’Bow reminded his audience that, despite the economic challenges facing the African continent, little had happened over the past 20 years to meet them. “Africa’s share of world trade fell from 5.8 per cent in the early 1960s to 2.8 per cent in 1987,” he pointed out.
“But we are still at roughly the same level as we were in 1987,” adding that a series of brain-storming meetings held under UNESCO’s auspices 20 years ago “had the same concerns as today”.
Although now well into his 80s, M’Bow maintains much of the fiery commitment that led him on a collision course as head of UNESCO with both the United States and the United Kingdom in his promotion of a new world information order.
He acknowledged that progress in promoting science and technology on the continent has been slow. “If the capacity for scientific creativity and technology development is measured by the number of engineers, technicians and researchers, Africa remains far from a minimum threshold,” M’Bow said.
“Too often, African countries maintained a technological dependence on other countries, but also suffered from a lack of modernisation, for example in its agricultural system.”
“That is the situation of Africa today, despite the progress that has been achieved since independence,” M’Bow said. “The causes lie in the fact that Africa has not been able to draw on the enormous possibilities that are offered for its development by scientific and technological knowledge.”
Despite this, he remains optimistic. “Everything is possible if we have the will power, and are bold enough to pull together African intelligence and expertise to do what others can do.”
Collaboration between African countries to promote science and technology was essential “for the destiny of the African people and the future of the continent”.
The solution, said M’Bow, also lay in changing attitudes towards education, and especially in training a new generation of managers “who are proud of being Africans”. It would then be up to these people “to build a new Africa capable of both resolving its own problems, and contributing solutions to the problems faced by the rest of the world”.
But speed is essential. “The African continent must act, and must act quickly, to change the course of history.”
By David Dickson www.SciDev.net
One of the pleasures for a European visitor attending a conference in Africa is the colourful clothes that many delegates occasionally choose to wear — a welcome change from the drabness than usually dominates back in the UK.
Adding to the colour of the proceedings at the 3rd Knowledge Management Africa conference in Dakar this week have two long-standing champions of science journalism in Africa, Diran Onifade from Nigeria, and local science journalist Armand Faye.
Both are active members of the World Federation of Science Journalists, having been actively engaged in finding mentors for young science journalists in Africa. Armand has been one of the pioneers of science journalism in Senegal, which recently set up its own association of science writers.
And Diran is also the chair of the African Federation of Science Journalists, a flourishing body created a couple of years ago whose growing strength reflects the recent resurgence in interest in science — and science journalism — across the continent.
Both express delight — perhaps tinged with surprise — that science journalism appears to be accepted as an important dimension of “knowledge management” in the interests of meeting Africa’s needs.
And Armand also impressed the other delegates with a set of impressive moves as he led the way on to the dance floor at the conference dinner.
Not a typical role for a science journalist, perhaps. But a good reflection of the importance that music plays in life in Senegal.
By David Dickson www.SciDev.net
The shared diary for KM events of interest to KnowledgeHub members is available on http://isivivane.com/kmafrica/event Logged in and registered members are free to add KM events that include conferences, workshops and presentations.
Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) exists to facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange through structures and platforms created by the participants. Knowledge is a valuable resource that holds the potential for sound governance, socio-economic development and service delivery in Africa.
KMA’s goal is to establish knowledge management platforms, create access to and augment existing knowledge networks and forums and facilitate the sharing and utilization of knowledge across the African continent.
The biennial conferences of KMA bring together policy- makers, development institutions, donors, international agencies, academics, sector professionals, and civil society organizations for knowledge dissemination and exchange to shape the future of Africa.
The Inaugural Conference KMA 2005 “Knowledge to address Africa's development challenges was held in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa from 28th February to 1st March 2005. This conference was inspired first and foremost, by the timely call by a new generation of African leaders who are convinced and dedicated to a new beginning in Africa. This was a successful conference which led to the production of the first KMA Conference proceedings, institutionalisation of KMA and strengthening of relationships between and amongst African countries. One of the significant outcomes of this gathering was to highlight an urgent need for the creation of endogenous knowledge solutions for the development agenda of Africa.
The Second Biennial Conference KMA 2007 was hosted by the Ministry of Planning and National Development, Government of Kenya, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the University of the Witwatersrand and was supported by a number of other agencies and institutions. It was held in Nairobi on the 17th – 19th July 2007 and deepened KMA’s role as a mediator in the sustainable transfer of knowledge through knowledge communities and electronic infrastructure.
The Conference focussed on exploring practical implementation strategies and examining working models and theories that advance the way in which Africa harnesses its knowledge potential. This conference culminated in signing of the Nairobi Declaration, which aimed to institutionalise KMA in the continent, the KMA 2007 Book, which captured all the proceedings and resolutions of the conference.
Present: DST: Dr. Seleti, Dr. Ntsoane, Ms. Rodolo, Ms. Van Wyk and DBSA: Dr. Masoga, Ms. Mkalipi
Welcome: NWU: Prof. Kaya
Meeting was opened by Dr. Séleti and all present were welcomed.
Purpose and agenda of the workshop
1. Re-affirmation of timelines
2. Steps to deliver on mandate
3. Incorporating DST/KM as part of the DBSA KMA initiative
2. Issues tabled from DBSA
1. Take up discussions that took place at the KMA in Nairobi
2. DBSA Mandate: (I) To. be visible and alleviation of poverty, and inequality (ii) Institutionalisation of KMA- and integration and set up regional nodes
3. Briefing on KMA 2007
1. Prof Kaya briefed the meeting on KM-A 2007 (See Annexure —copy of presentation)
2. It was endorsed that KM-A should be seen not as a South African Project, but as an Africa Project
3. It will be most appropriate to include people with very senior designations at various institutions in this project
Project for KMA 2009 and implementation plan
4. Projects were identified on regional basis with Southern Africa to do IKS
5. Prof Kaya was commissioned to write a paper on the KM-A 2007 experience..
DBSA TO COORDINATE THE MEETING OF TASK TEAM
1. Dr. Ntsoane gave the background with regards to the existing MOU between DBSA and DST.
2. The following aspects were mandated in the existing MOU: Running a project on IKS KMS databases,
3. It was decided that the existing MOU was a short term and that a new MOA need to be drafted. This MOA will take into consideration the 10 yr plan vision of DST and input from internal units of the DST, Regional integration, etc.
MOA WILL BE DRAFTED BY NIKSO TAKING THE LEAD. And will be part of the back-to-back workshop
Way forward and closing
1. It was decided that in order for the timelines for the KM-A 2009 to be fast tracked: The following action need to beinstituted:
i) A Meeting to be scheduled for the 23rd January 2008. The objectives of the meeting are to plan for the envisaged workshop which aims at presenting the final Working plan on implanting the KM-A 2007 recommendations; initiating the process of the opening of the Southern African Chapters and do detail planning in terms of business planning as well as budget plan.
ii) A task team was established to effectively execute the planning phase, which comprises Prof. Seleti (Task Team coordinator), Prof. Kaya, Dr Ntsoane and Ms Mkalipi.
iii) DBSA was assigned to organize the venue and meals. NIKSO
iv) DST/NIKSO volunteered to transport Prof Kaya due to budgetary constraints from NWU side.
v) The minutes taken by DST/NIKSO at the meeting of 11 January 2008 to be circulated to the meeting delegates.
vi) DECISION RE THE WORKSHOP: The workshop to be held over three days with the following actions: Day 1 AND 2: Will be on consultation discussion on IKS KMS database report and Prcject plan Day 3 on MOA and Business plans for KM—A 2009
vii) Process action: The action and business plan should be presented at the workshop to enrich or to give purpose to the meeting. This plan needs to be circulated to members I week before the workshop.
viii) Timeframes: Middle February 2008
ix) Task team need to look at’ the business plan for day 2 at the 23 meeting
x) MOA; NIKSQ will initiate the drafting of the MOA. NIKSO
NIKSO/DBSA/NWU MEETING RE KMA 23 JANUARY 2008
VENUE: DBSA OFFICES
1. Opening and Welcome:
Meeting was opened by Dr. Ntsoane (acting Chair) and all present were welcomed.
In attendance: DST: Dr. Seleti, Dr. Ntsoane, Ms. Rodolo, Ms. Van Wyk NWU: Prof. Kaya DBSA: Dr. Masoga, Ms. Mkalipi, Mr Coburne, Ms Chiloane, Ms Musi
Apologies: Dr. Seleti will be arriving late due attending to business matters at DST.
The minutes of the previous meeting was adopted.
1. Discussing the business plans and budget for the envisaged workshop.
2. Workshop: IKS KMA Consultation workshop (Mid February 2008)Dr. Ntsoane will meet with the research team who are conducting the desktop report on Friday, 25 January 2008. They will look at the report and make suggestions on i) issues which constitute the report to be represented at the workshop, ii) wrap up and comply to the existing contract.
1. Invitations: Prof Kaya prepared a list of people whom will be invited to participate in the workshop. It was requested that an official invite be generated by the DBSA.
1.1 The rationale of the workshop was discussed and the following were agreed upon re invited participants: i) the people invited are active in the major continents such as NEPAD; ii) the invitees are involved in projects that centres on IK within the specific regions.
2.2. It was agreed that two levels of invitations are needed, i.e. specifically focused on people who are active in IK projects, and people from various Chapters
2.3. An agreement was reached that the people invited who are involved in the IKS database project will be paid for and include DBSA Advisory Committee members incl. Prof Gumbi
2.4. It was recommended that the role of each delegate coming to the workshop must be defined.
3.1. Venue: It was proposed that the venue for the workshop should be in Gauteng because: i) electricity load shedding in the country, ii) Executive from DBSA (packed program).
3.2. Logistics: A task team was selected to arrange the accommodation and flights. This task team comprises of the following people: Ms Chiloane, Ms Musi and Mr. Coburn (DBSA), Ms. Carol Van Wyk (DST)
3.2.1. The budget as drawn up by Prof Kaya was discussed and it was agreed that the Prof Kaya will re-work the budget proposal with the following changes: i) 5 participants from North, East, West and Central Africa, ii) 7 IK Management researchers, 19 delegates from South Africa which includes: 2 Advisory Committee members incl. Chair person from DAKAR and Prof Gumbi, 6 staff from DBSA, 5 Officials from DST, 6 staff (Incl. students) from NWU. The total of invitees tallies 31 delegates.
3.2.2. It was agreed that staff from DBSA and DST will not be paid for accommodation and transport.
3.3 Workshop Materials: It was proposed that marketing and promotional material form part of the material package. Provision must be made for a total of 40 delegates.
Official invitation letters will be generated by DBSA Prof Kaya will forward the list of invitees by latest Monday, 28 January 2008 to DBSA and DST
Prof Kaya to re-work the budget
3. Projects/ Programmes for 2008-09
1. Strategic Goals for KM-A 2009 was discussed including: there nee to be a sense of how IKS is positioned in the KM-A.
2. Programme 1: Concept paper on SADC KM-A Chapter should be discussed at the workshop and the programme might derive from that incl. strategic objectives.
3. Programme 2: The multi-media hub exists and the server is hosted in Los Angeles (USA). DBSA will look into carrying the costs which is $480.00 p/m. This program includes training, creating access and feeding information to the hub. The multi-media hub should be discussed at the consultative meeting on how it could be utilised.
4. Programme 3: It was recommended that DBSA commission a survey on IKS through the Chapters to research the status quo of IKS. This work need to be done before the KM-A 2009.
3. Report of KM-A 2007 DBSA requested to make the report available.
4. Way forward and closing
1. Meeting to discuss the complete conference package will be held on the 4th February 2008 at the DST.
2. DST’s 10 year plan, Chapter Concept document and declaration needs to be re-visited to identify what has been done before (the programmes the bank intended to do and to build on what is existing). This document should be available at the workshop.
3. The project/ programmes is considered to be the basis for the report of KM-A and specific IKS workshop.
Logistics task team: Ms Chiloane and Ms Musi (DBSA), Ms. Carol Van Wyk (DST): Venue, Accommodation, invitations, travel and budget
4. Programme 1: Program task team: Ms. Yolisa Mkalipi (DBSA), Ms. Shumikazi Rodolo (DST), Dr. Makhubela (DBSA), Prof. Gumbi (Unizulu): Peruse Southern Africa report and come up with items for 2009. Group should meet and come up with the programme for the workshop. Items for the programme should be measurable and have impact. The task team should look at the 3 reports prior to the meeting.
5. Programme 2 task team: Multi media hub task team: Mr. Gordon Coburn (DBSA), Prof Kaya (NWU) and Dr. Ntsoane (DST. Task team need to focus on the following: Put down specific goals for 2009, e.g. (what, when, how will content be posted on the hub. The hub should be activated to show the on-coming workshops) Will all reports be hosted jointly, etc.
6. Programme 3 task team: Commissioning of Papers task team: Dr. Masoga (DBSA), Ms. Helen (DBSA), Prof Kaya (NWU), and Dr. Ntsoane (DST). It was recommended that the group take consideration of 1 or 2 people who were part of the IKS Nairobi Conference.
DST, NWU and DBSA to fwd list of invitees and contact details to Logistics task team