30 March–9 April: International Workshop on Knowledge Sharing in Asia


ICIMOD, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), organised an International Workshop on Knowledge Sharing in Asia from 30 March to 9 April 2011. The workshop was attended by 80 development professionals from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Italy).

The workshop was divided into three parts. The first part was on Capturing and Sharing Project Knowledge (30 March to 2 April) and focused on the systematisation process for knowledge generation. It covered techniques for knowledge profiling engaging a wide range of people from project staff to farmers. It highlighted the different participatory techniques and tools for documenting and communicating knowledge. The participants visited ICIMOD’s Training and Demonstration site at Godavari where they observed various activities and interviewed farmers, producing short documentaries which were presented at the workshop.

The second part on Writing to Share Knowledge Effectively (3 to 6 April) provided participants with practical training on how to improve their writing skills including how to identify target audiences and deliver key messages. Participants were individually coached on how to write a policy brief, press release, case study, feature article, newsletter, and website.

The third part on Knowledge Sharing Techniques and Tools (7 to 9 April) focused on practical tools and techniques for capturing and sharing work-related knowledge activities. Aspects of knowledge capture, collaboration, and team building were covered, as well as techniques and tools for knowledge capture and sharing.