This FAQ looks at what setting up a Resource Centre entails. Although more information management (IM) than knowledge sharing or knowledge management (KM), it is a topic that pops up in conversations on KM4Dev now and again. This page originates from the KM4Dev community.
In March 2006, Chris Burman asked: “I'm in the process of making a plan to set up a Resource Center in Limpopo Province, South Africa, for the EU re local economic development. Limpopo is rural, poor, resource scarce and the Resource Center is more of a knowledge conduit across the Province and beyond than a “physical center”. I am wondering if anyone has any stories / information / ideas that they are willing to share (or direct me to websites etc.)”.
“What's also been encouraging is that, on seeing that the library is not gathering dust, both individuals and organizations are becoming more willing to donate their books and publications. We are also trying to keep a close track of what is being read, where interests lie, and providing feedback especially to donor agencies who have provided their publications.” “Another approach we are trying is in response to a general weakness in this region, where many organizations who are doing tremendous work in the field, are not documenting their activities and sharing their experiences. What we have done is to stock up on books which are valuable to NGOs and other CSOs in the field. An example for this is the “Where Women have no Doctors” which is a practical handbook on women's health. We offer this book to organizations in exchange for their profiles, or documentation or reports on their activities. In this way we are able to gather information from other organizations doing important work in the field, and at the same time, build up the awareness in these organizations that there is value in them documenting their work.”
In November 2006, Paul Currion forwarded an email from the Aid Workers Network. A member was looking for ideas on how to set up a learning resource centre in Migori Kenya in conjunction with BETLLG a youth group in Nyamome village.
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