AKE and other regional work, capacity building and

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AKE and other regional work,
capacity building and knowledge
sharing
GeSCI Team Meeting
9 February 2010
Regional Programmes
• Use 2010: conceptual and methodological clarity
– plan and develop programmes/models, put in
place partnerships, obtain funding, identify
critical issues for research
• Close linkage with research: pivotal for
knowledge creation and sharing, strategic
advice
• Research linking regional programmes
• Horizontal linkages between programmes and
teams
• Pillars: knowledge creation; knowledge sharing;
capacity building; partnerships
Knowledge Creation
• Research - policy-practice triad
• Evidence-based research to inform
programming, strategic advice (capacities
for policy formulation, decision making,
implementation, evaluation)
• Models, tools
Knowledge Exchange/Sharing
Knowledge exchange is collaborative problemsolving between researchers and decision
makers that happens through linkage and
exchange. Effective knowledge exchange
involves interaction between decision makers
and researchers and results in mutual learning
through the process of planning, producing,
disseminating, and applying existing or new
research in decision-making.
http://www.chsrf.ca/keys/glossary_e.php
Capacity Building
An organization with capacity is like a tree with a good root
system, but how do you grow healthy roots? (Daniel Rickett)
The development of an organization’s core skills and
capabilities, such as leadership, management, finance
and fund-raising, programs and evaluation, in order to
build the organization’s effectiveness and
sustainability. The process of assisting an individual or
group to identify and address issues and gain the
insights, knowledge, and experience needed to solve
problems and implement change. Capacity building is
facilitated through the provision of support activities,
including coaching, training, specific technical
assistance, and resource networking.
http://planning.nmsu.edu/taskforce/glossary.html
Partnerships
Encompasses broad number of types of
relationships.
“An undertaking to do something together…, a
relationship that consists of shared and/or
compatible objectives and an acknowledged
distribution of specific roles and responsibilities
among the participants which can be formal,
contractual, or voluntary, between two or more
parties" (Partnership Resource Kit 1995).
AKE 2010
Overall Goal:
To strengthen visioning, strategic planning,
policy making and build related strategic
capacities of leaders and policy makers on
ICTs’ role in the development of
Knowledge Societies in Africa.
AKE 2010
Programme Goal / Purpose:
1) Systematically build knowledge in and capacity
of leaders, policymakers, implementers and
practitioners for ICT and Knowledge Societies
in East and Southern Africa
2) Sharing such knowledge on continent wide,
regional and national bases
3) Develop new models, tools and solutions to
address critical challenges in ICT4E and KS
development
Core AKE team
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Patti (Programme Manager) (90%)
Senthil (70%)
Mary (70%?)
Niamh (50%?)
Roxana (?)
Lina Palmer (Swedish BBE) (80%)
Programme Officer (100%)
Boundary Partners
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2)
Ministries of Education, Higher Education and other
Ministries responsible for human resources
development and innovation like Ministries for Science
and Technology, ICTs and Research and their
associated agencies as the primary beneficiaries.
Within these Ministries, the focus will be on policy
makers, current and future leaders and change agents
at the managerial (education managers, directors) and
practitioner level.
AUC, other regional partners (e.g. UNECA, ADEA),
donors, researchers
Outcome Challenge
The AKE Programme would like to see:
A vibrant and dynamic African knowledge building and
sharing community which will produce and share high
quality evidence based research and experiences on
ICT4E and KS. This community will work with GeSCI in a
pro-active and committed way to identify critical issues,
develop appropriate solutions and support one another
on a peer basis. They will make optimal use of the
GeSCI resources, tools and expertise. They will commit
themselves to participate in leadership capacity building
for ICT4E and KS and acquire and apply critical
identified skills in their respective fields for system
transformation and innovation.
Outputs
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Strategic knowledge sharing communities in Africa
Strategic partnerships with AUC, UNECA and regional
communities and agencies
Tools, methodologies and instruments for
- systematic and comprehensive auditing of critical
capacities and skills required by African leaders for
ICT4E and KS development and
- measuring progress in capacity development
Model and programme for leadership capacity
building for ICT and Knowledge Societies in Africa
Resource Centre developed into a one-stop centre
collecting, analyzing, organizing and disseminating
information about projects, activities and knowledge
resources on ICT4E and the Knowledge Society in
Africa

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