CGIAR ICT-KM/FAO Knowledge Sharing Workshops

Opportunities to discover, learn about, and apply innovative knowledge sharing approaches for impact"

The first ICT-KM Knowledge Sharing Workshop was in the Spring of 2008 online and at the ILRI Campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. FAO joined the ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR to hold the second knowledge sharing workshop online and at Bioversity International Headquarters outside of Rome in the Fall of 2008. You can read all about the past workshops, including evaluation information, here.

Why Knowledge Sharing?

New and effective knowledge sharing approaches and tools have been developed and proven to strengthen collaboration. Recent possibilities of the “Participatory Web” (sometimes called Web 2.0) open new doors to more inclusive and transparent collaboration for excellence. The ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR and FAO are offering a unique capacity building opportunity to work and learn with colleagues and other partners in an innovative 3-phase action-research-based workshop.


  • Obtain an understanding and appreciation of the role and value of knowledge sharing.
  • Learn how to apply knowledge sharing concepts, tools and methods to interact effectively with your organization’s staff and partners.
  • Interact with, and learn from participants of mixed and rich professional and organizational background

Workshop Format

Phase 1 – DISCOVER - 5-week-long online event
Participants are encouraged to explore knowledge-sharing challenges and opportunities, discuss and experiment with possible ways to make the most of face-to-face and virtual collaboration, and explore the crucial role of networks in research projects and institutional settings. The focus is on providing participants enough structure to become engaged, and enough flexibility to meet diverse needs.

Phase 2 – FOCUS - 3 days Face to Face
For those who choose to attend the F2F, they undertake in-depth team work on areas of specific interest identified during Phase 1, and design activities for their work and organizations using various tools and methods. The focus here is application within the context of participants' "real work," and a chance to experiment and practice with tools and methods in a safe, supportive environment. The agenda is crafted based on the needs expressed in Phase 1. Extensive notes and report outs are captured and shared online for those Phase 1 participants who could not attend. For example, see October 2008 KS Workshop Face to Face Information

Phase 3 – APPLY
On-going post-workshop activity
Using the Phase 1 online space, participants apply the KS principles and methods covered in Phases 1 and 2 to a specific work project with virtual support from peer and facilitator coaches.

Lessons Learnt

  • The action learning principle and open agenda enables participants to discover, learn together, focus on their real interests and participate at different levels.
  • The workshop works best for people who have real need to work with knowledge sharing tools and methods for their projects.
  • The biggest challenge reported by participants is blocking off sufficient time to do the workshop.
  • The combination of online and F2F is a very powerful way to both review "content" and then critically assess it in practice with others.
  • The third phase – intentionally participant driven- has turned out to be less active. However, the connections made during the workshop appear to be continuing informally.

What Participants Say

"Thank you for this great learning opportunity! I was immediately able to apply it in my work."
Michael Riggs, Food and Agriculture Organization

“It’s what we, the participants, make of it — contacts, the toolkit, links, and so forth, which are all there for us to pick up and use. That leaves one with a good feeling, like the end of the course is just the beginning.”
Andrea Pape-Christiansen, ICARDA, KS workshop participant

“We have a growing network of boundary partners, and we want to build a community of practice to share experience, knowledge, tools, and other resources with different communities. This course helped me pick up some useful technologies and techniques for facilitating information sharing in a large and diverse network!”
Dady Demby, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Interested in Hosting a KS Workshop?

Contacts ; Simone Staiger-Rivas [email protected]; Gauri Salokhe [email protected]**

October 2008 KS Workshop Face to Face Information