What | Why | How | Who
What is Knowledge Sharing/ Knowledge Management (KS/KM)?
KS/KM at the World Bank is about capturing and organizing systematically the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from staff, clients, and development partners; making this knowledge readily accessible to a wide audience internally and externally; and creating linkages between groups and communities working on similar topics.
Knowledge Sharing at the Bank is focused on:
- Putting knowledge on par with money
- Learning from our clients and partners
- Reinforcing continuous learning
- Building client capacity and widening partnerships
- Promoting an open environment for effective knowledge sharing
Why Knowledge Sharing/ Knowledge Management (KS/KM)?
Fighting poverty requires a global strategy to share knowledge effectively and to ensure that people who need that knowledge get it on time, whether from the World Bank or others. From a fairly closed organization a few years ago, the Bank has become a global development partner, making it easier for people inside and outside the Bank to find information, knowledge and answers to development challenges.
Continuously sharing this global and local know-how with client countries, public and private partners, and civil society better equips the development community to fight poverty. Just as importantly, the World Bank -- through a variety of consultative mechanisms -- recognizes that it does not possess a monopoly on knowledge, and is making efforts to learn from the insights and experiences of others in the development community.
The Benefits of Knowledge Sharing include:
- Speed — responding faster to client needs.
- Quality — delivering to clients the experiences of development experts and practitioners all over the world, and adapting them to local conditions.
- Innovation — not only doing what we've been doing better, but introducing new services, and finding and testing innovative ideas.
How is Knowledge Shared?
Knowledge Sharing, among staff, clients and partners, encompasses several intertwined dimensions:
- Thematic Groups or communities of practice to facilitate the sharing of experiences across internal and external boundaries.
- Advisory Services to provide quick and easy access to information, knowledge, and solutions.
- Global and Regional programs to bring together online and face-to-face the leading development practitioners, to exchange experiences and to develop the skills of client countries.
Who coordinates Knowledge Sharing?
Knowledge Sharing Coordinators: knowledge managers, coordinators, and advisors from each Vice Presidency in the Bank Group, and a small coordination unit—the Knowledge Sharing Team.