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Links 1 through 10 of 218 by Dorine Ruter tagged km4dev

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"Originating from the CCAA supported project "Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa", AfricaAdapt provides a means for researchers, policymakers, and all Africans affected by climate change to test new ways of sharing their experiences and challenges across barriers of distance, culture and language."

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In order to start a Community of Practice (CoP), it is recommended to conduct a face-to-face event in which the founding members get to know each other, discuss common thematic issues and interests and establish a charter and governance framework for the new CoP. In a network discussion, KM4Dev members shared tips and experiences on Planning such a workshop to launch a Community of Practice.

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Ewen on capacity development: "The following list represents an attempt at mentioning and briefly describing the contents of some of the reads I found most inspiring on the topic of capacity development."

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UNDP, May 2000 - "This report is part of an effort to strengthen NGO networking for sustainable development at various
geographical scales. There is, however, an emphasis on potentials and constraints connected to
networking at the international level."

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"Social capital refers to those stocks of social trust, norms and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems. But harnessing the power of these seemingly invisible networks to achieve sustainable development goals such as in public health, well being or environment is an elusive undertaking. All too often their power for supporting development is seriously underestimated. However, the downside is that misguided networking efforts can creates relational demands that sap people's time and energy. So there is good reason to study networks, and determine the best way to manage them. The articles below offer three different perspectives of networking."

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"This paper draws upon experiences and materials collected within ICCO and literature readily available on
networking for development. In this paper we will assess these materials and see whether the experiences
and lessons learned are enough to build a strong case for investing in networking knowledge for
development." Zeis, April 2004 , This paper is based upon the work of Arin van Zee and Paul Engel, both from ECDPM on behalf of ICCO.

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Enrique Mendizabal
July 2006
In a way, networks seem to make anything and everything happen. But we have yet to understand what they are and what they can and cannot do. In the development literature, a huge variety of policy and social network concepts and applications exists. This paper attempts to set out a framework to help clarify what research policy networks do.

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Enrique Mendizabal
October 2006
This paper looks at the factors that affect the key structural characteristics of research policy networks in an attempt to develop a methodology for studying and understanding what networks do and how.

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Enrique Mendizabal
July 2008
Networks are not magic bullets. They can do what they have been designed or developed to do, but to adopt new functions they need long-term investments. This opinion first addresses the value of networks: why should donors support networks and why should the various actors of the development world join them? Then, it asks: what should we look for when developing mechanisms or programmes to support networks?

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