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Linking knowledge and communication : ECDPM strategy on knowledge management and communication

November 2008

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"The broad objectives of this Knowledge Management and Communication Strategy are; To guide the Centre [ECDPM] in using knowledge management and communication more strategically in all our activities; To optimise our knowledge management activities and those areas of communication which the Centre is valued for; and To strengthen our efforts in the areas of communication and outreach where we are lagging behind, in particular with a view to reaching and engaging audiences which we have not so far sufficiently tapped into"

Capacity, change and performance : study report

BASER, Heather
April 2008

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This comprehensive report looks in detail at the issues of capacity and capacity development including an explanation and discussion of the concept of capacity development. The report considers the main actors who play a part in, and different ways to think about, capacity development; the different conditions under which capacity development takes place; and the processes and strategies that can/should be employed to increase it.  The report is structured to enable readers to easily access the sections that are relevant to them

Discussion Paper No 59B

Networking for learning : the human face of knowledge management?

ORNEMARK, Charlotte
December 2006

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This brief contributes to the debate on networking for learning by exploring its potentials and limitations. It draws substantially on discussions and resource materials shared through the Pelican Initiative, as well as other literature and practical examples, and seeks to identify some entry points into this field for policy-makers and development practitioners

What matters in a communication strategy

McBEAN, Bridget

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This is an overview of the..." elements to consider in developing an organisational communication strategy. Aimed at development workers, researchers and policymakers - from international organisations, the business community, government and non-governmental organisations - it demonstrates that the communication field is large and growing"

Do unlikely partners contribute to an informed society? [whole issue]

MCBEAN, Bridget
December 2004

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This brief resource highlights the link between development and innovation, and knowledge and information accessibility. The process of creating an informed society depends not only on the availability of information technology and infrastructures, but also and primarily on people, as the creators and users of knowledge. The paper calls for improvements in the e-readiness of developing countries, higher literacy levels and better protection of the right to information

Embedding ICT in development [whole issue]

HAGEN, Ingrid
October 2004

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This article presents the framework which the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) has started to use for supporting ICT-related initiatives in development contexts. The framework builds on several years of experience with ICT support and shows that combining practical work on the ground with policy work at a higher level is the most promising way of achieving added value and impact

Making evaluation results count : internalising evidence by learning [whole issue]

CARLSSON, Charlotte
August 2003

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Evaluations are perceived as learning opportunities and this document looks at some key ideas around how to improve the internalisation of evaluation results at different levels. Explores the relationship between learning and evaluation on three levels: in development policy and programming, in organisations, and in society at large. Considers the various different purposes of evaluation, what is meant by 'learning', and who should be learning. Describes some lessons around creating the conditions for effective learning, evaluation policy and practice, evaluators and professionalism, the need for further research and the value of south-south and south-north exchange.
The paper draws on a workshop called 'How can we learn from what we do? Evaluation and evidence-based communications for development'. There are questions raised within an institutional setting around who should learn, why should they learn and how should they set about it?

How can we learn more from what we do? Evaluation and evidence-based communications for development : summary record of workshop


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This workshop report summarises presentations and discussion addressing issues such as: how can the learning and social/organisational change function of evaluation best be balanced with the control/accountability function? How can what we learn feed debate and change processes within organisations, among partners and in society at large? What linkages exist between the different levels? How can evidence from evaluations help spur national debate on policy options for development and motivate home-grown change processes?

Enhancing learning through evaluation : approaches, dilemmas and some possible ways forward

CARLSSON, Charlotte

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"This paper sketches three progressively more inclusive ways to look at mainstreaming learning for development. The first emphasises improving feedback to development policy and planning, the second organisational learning and the third societal learning. For each of these, some of the main sources and developments are briefly highlighted. Next, a number of dilemmas are discussed that emerge from an increased emphasis on learning through evaluations. Finally, the question is asked how difficult, or even feasible, it is to match each of the different approaches with mainstream evaluation practice. Finally, the paper offers a number of challenges for further action and inquiry"

Investing in knowledge : ECDPM experiences, 1994-2000

November 2000

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New information and communication technologies (ICTs) are changing the way our organisations work. In response, organisations are devising new, collaborative, strategies to manage information and share knowledge. This paper illustrates how ECDPM, a small foundation, has sought to achieve its information and communication goals

Information and knowledge management : challenges for capacity builders

LABELLE, Richard
RUDGARD, Stephen
July 2000

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This paper explores ways to improve information capacity building activities in developing countries. Focusing on the capacity building process, it presents some principles and key questions for actors in this area. It concludes with a call for capacity builders to invest more in knowledge sharing as a way to improve the relevance of their efforts

Using the Internet to share research and knowledge


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Overview of using websites and email to communicate research findings. Recommends using e-mail to build one-to-one dialogue rather than to send out press releases or other mass mailings. Sees the strength of websites as providing a public space for publications and databases

BMC international health and human rights

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BMC International Health and Human Rights is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in health care in developing and transitional countries, and all issues relating to health and human rights. Covers a wide range of health-related topics, from a right-based perspective, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, leprosy, child health, mental illness, disease eradication, community based rehabilitation and biotechnology
Free online : a gateway for capacity development


Expand view was founded in 1999 as a resource portal for the practice of capacity development and the home of journal, which was published between 1999 and 2013.  The website provides access to a broad range of related topic-based online resources that practitioners can draw on for their own work, and continues to track capacity development news and resources through several social media networks. The website is intended for practitioners and policy makers who work in or on capacity development in international cooperation in the south

The website also features links to a printed journal and an email newsletter, which are published quarterly in English, French and Spanish

European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

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The European Centre for Development Policy Management's (ECDPM) mission is to facilitate cooperation between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union (EU). Its two long term objectives are to enhance the capacity of public and private actors in ACP and other low-income countries; and to improve cooperation between development partners in Europe and the ACP region. The website holds information about the centre's core themes: political dimensions of partnership, ACP-EU trade relations, actors of partnerships and three cross-cutting programmes: communications and information technology, strategy and innovation and finance and administration. The site also gives access to the centre's key publications in these areas : a gateway for capacity development

HAUCK, Volker

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This website focuses on providing updated information and background resources related to the policy and practice of capacity development. It addresses both the 'why' and 'how' of capacity development. The site aims to encourage perspectives and experiences from the South. It is designed with development researchers, practitioners and decision makers in Africa and donor countries in mind. The site offers a quarterly newsletter, a virtual library and hyperlinks to related websites. The material on the site is organised into four categories: policies and issues (why capacity building?), institutional groupings (civil society, government, private), sectors (agriculture, water, urban development), and tools and methods (assessment, info, planning)

ACP-EU trade website

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This website is a non-partisan source of information, documents and links on ACP-EU trade matters. It aims to provide easy access to key official documents, informal papers, and analytical studies relevant to ACP trade. It lists a range of web resources and announces events and conferences. The site is aimed at researchers, policy makers, private sector and civil society


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