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Much in the same way that national leaders are developing strategies to remain competitive in the new, global knowledge-based economy, institutions in the public, private or non-profit sectors, have come to realize the role which “knowledge” can play in enhancing the effectiveness of their operations. In addition to investments in human resources and leveraging the role information technology, they have begun to devote considerable attention to harnessing the explicit and tacit knowledge they posses.


This initiative is supported by the World Bank Institute’s Knowledge for Development (K4D) Program. It aims to enhance the capacity of development-oriented organizations in the client countries to achieve greater impact through the application of knowledge management tools and practices.




Recent Events


bullet point for eventsMaximizing the Impact of Agricultural Research in Africa: A Workshop on Research Communications, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 21-22, 2008

The objective of this workshop was to develop the capacity of staff in improving the impact of the research being produced by their research institutes and universities, and to examine how this has been done by their peers. It focused on agricultural research communications and served as a follow-up to the Forum on Agricultural Innovation held in Tanzania in May 2008. The workshop brought together about 60 participants and resource persons from research institutes and universities working on agriculture research, innovation and technology, and was organized by WBI's K4D program in partnership with the Global Development Network, International Food Policy Research Institute, Overseas Development Institute, and the ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. The workshop program and presentations can be found here. New!

bullet point for eventsManaging Knowledge to Build Trust in Government - From June 26-29, 2007 in Vienna, Austria, WBI partnered with the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) to deliver a workshop on the ways in which knowledge management can help to build public trust in government. This 4 day workshop was part of the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government. For more information, see the  event web page.

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Feature Resources


bullet point for eventsCommunities of Practice for Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Erik C. Johnson and Ramla Khalidi. KM4D Journal. (PDF, 109Kb)

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