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Forward to the Past back to the Future
It is now over a year and a half from the biennial conference held in Nairobi and less than a year to go to the next conference and i wonder whether those that we promised will be achieved to the satisfaction of those we seek to engage. Iam one of those acting within the KM Africa network at the periphery, and having had so much experience in this role for many years, Iam tempted to say that knowledge management is truly a nemesis in Africa. As we wait for the next meeting where hopefully an interface for the interaction is created for producers, organizers and consumers of African knowledge products congregate, I cannot help lament to loss of Africa's great libraries.
I have seen networks and works that are going on in the region as I was attempting to bring people from all walks to a site that seeks to link communities of practice. The major challenge my colleagues and i had was that of apathy. Apathy not from the public no but from those actors in society whom have become custodians of knowledge through the modern education system.
I found it disturbing that a few PhDs and professors participate even when invited to African initiated activities but participate in full force in international networks where in most cases their knowledge and experiences are irrelevant. I am praying everyday that soon we will have African initiatives bringing scholars to dialogue and interact beyond the formal meeting such as KM Africa and the informal international networks they are called in to participate to give voices and authenticity to issues that are sometimes irrelevant to the challenges facing our vast continent.
I will come to this again when I have collected myself. I have been overwhelmed by the responses manifesting from me on knowledge management in Africa
Submitted by wilsonmagaya on 2 September 2008 - 10:12pm. categories [ ]