What We Do

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management is about making the right knowledge available to the right people. Rephrasing the definition of Knowledge Management as defined by Davenport & Prusak (2000) for the AguaJaring Network: “Knowledge Management is managing the network's knowledge through a systematically and organizationally specified process for acquiring, organizing, sustaining, applying, sharing and renewing both the tacit and explicit knowledge of the network members to enhance water sector performance in the Region and create sustained value."

AguaJaring is basically a network providing knowledge to professionals and academics in the water sector. As such, management of up-to-date knowledge in water related topics is essential for the network sustainability and to enable the network to provide professional services. As a knowledge based network, the following main activities are envisaged:

  1. Ensuring effective and relevant Research & Development (R&D) capacity;
  2. Maintain a dynamic and updated water Knowledge and information system;
  3. Develop Product Leadership in Water knowledge;
  4. Develop and maintain professional, applied & demand driven knowledge products and services.

Capacity Development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) defines capacity development as the process through which individuals, organisations, and societies obtain, strengthen, and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. Capacity development is about who, how and where decisions are made, management takes place, services are delivered and results are monitored and evaluated.

Capacity development takes place at three different levels: the individual level, the organizational level and the institutional level. These three levels are interlinked and interdependent. An investment in capacity development must design and account for impact at these multiple levels simultaneously.

The main Capacity Development activities relates to water and water resource management, organized and implemented by AguaJaring Members in the region and includes the complete coverage of Capacity Development, i.e.

  1. Institutional Development and/or reform;
  2. Organizational Development and/or Strengthening; and
  3. Individual strengthening through education and training.

Strengthening Partnership

Partnerships with decision makers in the water sector and related organizations are essential to understand problems within both the water sector and water related organizations. This knowledge is important for the network to develop knowledge products needed by the water sector and its organizations. In this way the network will be in a position to become trusted partners in development because it is able to offer demand oriented and problem focused learning products and services.

AguaJaring network is a purpose driven working network, and at the same time a communication network. Knowledge created by the AguaJaring will be made available for broader applications outside of the network. AguaJaring has two levels of audiences:

  1. The target stakeholders – those whom AguaJaring most wants to influence with the outputs of its activities, and who moves beyond the concept of a passive receiver of a message to the concept of someone with a vested interest in action, and
  2. Other stakeholders – those individuals and organizations interested in or working on the same issues as AguaJaring.

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