is Knowledge Management? Most people enjoy being challenged
to use their knowledge creatively, to learn new things,
to share what they know with others, and in turn to
learn from them. It is generally acknowledged that when
teams of highly motivated people who have complementary
skills work together, they are more likely to produce
better ideas and higher quality results than if those
same people work in isolation. Knowledge management
seeks ways to maximise the sharing and learning potential
of people working together.
In response to demand for improved knowledge management
skills expressed by various development agencies working
in East Africa, Intercooperation (IC) a Swiss Foundation
for Development and Cooperation, in collaboration with
Muvek Development Solutions Limited (Muvek), is offering
a short training on Knowledge Management. This is particularly
intended for development professionals working in natural
resource management, the rural economy, and local governance.
A choice of two modules, which may be taken consecutively,
is offered as follows:
A 4-day Orientation Module meant for those who have
heard of knowledge management, are unsure of what it
might mean to them in their daily work, but who are
curious to learn more at a general level. This Module,
developed for those with limited understanding of Knowledge
Management concepts, will provide a background on KM
and the potential for applying KM methods (where and
what); and a brief experience with a diversity of KM
A 3-day subsequent Master Class offers a deeper introduction
and first hand experience of using selected knowledge
management tools. This Module is meant for those who
completed the Orientation Module and even those already
clear with the concept and are keen on the practical
applications. Field practical sessions will be held
in villages in the Coast Region.
Schedules for the courses are
as presented below:
• Orientation Module: 18th
to 21st April 2007 and Master Class:
23rd to 26th April 2007 (Note:
The 2 modules may be taken consecutively or independently
of the other).
• Venue: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
• Resource persons: Three highly experienced development
professionals specialising in Knowledge
Management from South Africa, Switzerland and India.
• Fee per Module: 600 USD
(including accommodation, course materials and food
for 3 nights. Participants are expected
to meet the cost of transport to and from the
** If interested to attend the course but you have other
the fee is reduced to US $ 300.
Why you should attend the Knowledge
Management (KM) Training
Many people may wonder how can, and
why should development organizations “Manage Knowledge”.
Some important questions
1. Do you have a culture and system of sharing knowledge
in your organizations beyond
meetings and progress reporting?
2. Are you consistent in collecting and storing experiences
and other valuable information
for a wider dissemination? Is the process structured
3. How do you share such knowledge within and outside
4. Does the knowledge you have in store make your organization’s
work visible enough? Or do you
keep too much information internally than sharing outwardly?
5. Is your target group involved in managing information
6. If someone interested in your work walks into your
office today asking to learn from
your experiences, will you be able to easily and spontaneously
help him? How do you store such
information for easy access?
This course is
all about these and many more !