16 June 2007

IFAD Strategy for Knowledge Management

This knowledge management strategy is one of the key deliverables of IFAD’s Action Plan for Improving Its Development Effectiveness.

Its aim is to provide IFAD with the framework and tools required for development effectiveness in a context of dramatic transformations that are changing the face of world agriculture and of rural poverty.

This strategy is based on two key premises:
  • An institution’s strategy for knowledge management must be firmly rooted in its core competencies, embedded in its work processes and linked tightly to its main products. Successful knowledge management strategies build on existing assets.
  • While appropriate hardware is essential, the key to successful knowledge management is found in the culture and mindsets of an organization. The right mix of incentives is, therefore, critical.
The strategy has four strategic components: strengthening knowledge-sharing and learning processes; equipping IFAD with a more supportive knowledge-sharing and learning infrastructure; fostering partnerships for broader knowledge-sharing and learning; and promoting a supportive knowledge-sharing and learning culture.

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