Conference on joint action towards water knowledge management

Submitted by Water Team on 6 March, 2013 - 15:07
Start 22/05/2013 - 14:04 End 25/05/2013 - 14:04


Hosted by the NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (SANWATCE), in conjunction with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, this e-Conference will take place during the United Nations’ World Water Day on 22 March 2013 as part of the UN International Year for Water Cooperation.

Following from the first e-Conference in November 2012, the upcoming e-Conference will focus on the need for joint action towards water knowledge management, and challenges and problems that are being faced. Specific aims are to
·         Improve partnerships and visibility;
·         Identify possible projects; and
·         Explore thematic collaborations.

The November 2012 e-Conference identified the difficult relationship between policy-makers and knowledge producers, whether due to time constraints or different usage of knowledge, as a major stumbling block. All participants agreed that it is up to all 

A stakeholder is a person or a group of people who have a direct interest in the project because its existence will materially affect their lives. The interests of stakeholders will be established by dialogue with them, as will their attitudes and reactions to the project and the demands it may make upon them, and they are therefore crucial to the participation process. The identification of stakeholders through stakeholder analysis at an early stage is therefore essential (see Chapter 13 for a fuller description). Stakeholders may include: project beneficiaries; local people who are not beneficiaries; NGOs; community-based organisations such as women’s groups; government departments and agencies; private producers and entrepreneurs; farmers’ associations; fishermen; local artisans; industry; trades unions; professional associations (e.g. engineers); donors; consultants; councillors and other political representatives. It is important to include minority groups, low status groups and the poorer groups in society.

Stakeholder analysis is also used to assess the relationships between the project and all the actors. It can then be used as a basis for designing approaches to build on those relationships, where they are positive, or improve them where they are negative. ">stakeholders

 – researchers, policy-makers, and society – to contribute their knowledge in order to improve the well-being of the southern African water sector.

All discussions and presentations will take place on the online platform, a collaborative workspace and content management system. The upcoming e-Conference will be opened by Dr. Inga Jacobs, the Executive Manager: Business Development, Marketing and Communication at the Water Research Commission, who has extensive experience in the KM sector. 

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