Knowledge Management in the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Region Programme

02 December 2011 | Article

A knowledge management study was undertaken in the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Region to review the knowledge management needs and practices to help deliver the Eastern and Southern Africa Region Programme. A full report and action plan have been developed based on the surveys undertaken in June – July 2011.

The knowledge management study was undertaken by Rod Abson, Knowledge Management Officer in the Science and Knowledge Management Unit of IUCN from the 18th of June to 1st of July 2011, as part of a comprehensive review of IUCN’s knowledge management needs and practices.

The overview questions being addressed by the mission were:
• What are the knowledge management needs to deliver the Eastern and Southern Africa Region programme?
• How can the knowledge management practices be targeted to deliver the information and knowledge in a format and time effectively for programme and project managers?

The report is based on:
• 16 staff interviewed directly, 1 completing it online (totaling 4 countries from: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda);
• A trip to Uganda to meet with representatives from the Uganda Ministry of Water and Wetlands (an IUCN Member);
• A field trip to Mount Elgon on the Eastern edge of Uganda to meet with local programme staff, volunteers and local community involved in a Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy project being coordinated by IUCN.

A series of recommendations focusing on People, Processes and Technology were developed as a result of the study and are being implemented through an Eastern and Southern Africa Region Programme Knowledge Management Action Plan drawing on diverse components of IUCN, throughout the Eastern and Southern Africa Region and globally.   Click here for the full Report.