Knowledge Management and Communication


Strengthening methodologies, skills and tools for knowledge management

Project overview

The capacity of ACP institutions to tackle agricultural and rural development challenges largely depends on their ability to mobilise and use their own knowledge and experiences as well as knowledge and experiences of other development actors within and outside of the ACP regions. Such knowledge is essential in engaging in policy processes and value chain development. Sound knowledge management (KM), which is at the core of effective empowerment of ACP actors in agricultural and rural development, comprises people, processes and technology, while approaches to improving the exchange of knowledge need to build on sound communication strategies, learning approaches and good information management practices.

The ubiquitous adoption and use of ICTs in the agricultural and rural development sector have created unprecedented opportunities in facilitating the acquisition, storage, use, exchange and development of agricultural data, information and knowledge. ICTs can help in making sense of and managing the copious streams of data and information that confront people every day. Organisations and networks need support to manage and package their own data sets and to make them available to support decision-making. This will allow them to tap their collective potential for policy positions, market integration, collective bargaining and knowledge generation and sharing. The development of capacity in data management will also enable these partners to exploit open data from external sources and harness the greater potential offered by combining human knowledge with statistical data and data generated by technologies.

This Master project focuses on enhancing engagement of ACP organisations and networks (including women and youth organisations) through:
1) Supporting partners in the development and implementation of strategic approaches, processes, tools and solutions for data, information and knowledge management;
2) Strengthening the skills and capacity of partner organisations and networks to manage data, information and knowledge;
3) Ensuring contents produced by ACP partners and and are made more readily accessible on CTA online platforms.

To ensure greater collective impact of CTA's activities on the ground, the efforts in implementing the activities will concentrate in particular on the organisations and networks identified and prioritised in the framework of the regional business plans and their beneficiaries. Specifically, this Master Project will help CTA achieve its strategic goals based on the following guidelines:

• Engagement with policy processes: ACP organisations need to be empowered through skills in forming a community around an ARD issue; obtaining information on ongoing debates on the issue and how to access the views expressed; accessing relevant content from the communities to develop the message; articulating their message at the appropriate forum; and assessing if the message has been assimilated in the policy process
• Engagement in value chain development processes: ACP institutions and individuals require effective communication among actors along the value chain, information about opportunities offered by the value chain, access to relevant information and an opportunity to participate in and contribute to the development of the value chain.
• Applying knowledge for improved understanding and involvement in agricultural and rural development: ACP organisations and communities require effective knowledge management around ARD issues, through professional input as well as peer learning, which can be facilitated by knowledge management practitioners and champions within their communities.