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NEPAD African Water Centres of Excellence in Western and Southern Africa

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The European Commission with an innovative approach supports the Nepad Centres of Excellence in water fostering the south to south cooperation and supporting them as the key knowledge actors for the development of the water sector.

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World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) – knowledge management platform to assess water-related impacts of different land management practices

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WOCAT, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, was initiated nearly 20 years ago. Today WOCAT is a thriving knowledge management hub for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) providing information on water and land resources and their use. Through the WOCAT network different stakeholders can get information on SLM Technologies and Approaches improving water management. Hence, this information can be used to improve land management and to reduce pressure on the water resource improving livelihood at the same time. Many examples have been documented through WOCAT partners in the WOCAT database.

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Hydrosanitas: A Global Safe Water Provisioning Knowledgebase

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The purpose of this project is to develop an interactive global knowledgebase of water treatment provisioning solutions for rural, remote and otherwise marginalized communities that will provide simple, yet comprehensive technical information situated within the economic, social, political and cultural contexts within which such knowledge has been proven and can be successfully applied.  In order to achieve this, the knowledgebase will include both water provisioning alternatives as well as real world lessons learned.

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Water and Land Resource Centre – improve knowledge sharing and decision support on water and land related topics

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The Water and Land Resource Centre Project is a new project that seeks to create two Regional Resource Centres for Water Towers: one in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia for the Blue Nile Basin, and one in Nanyuki (with a node in Dar es Salaam) Kenya for Kenya/Tanzania.

The main purpose of the centres is to improve the collection, processing, and dissemination of hydro-meteorological and land management data in their respective regions. They are also intended to provide related information and knowledge on socio-economic settings, land use, and land cover.

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K*(star): Where next for knowledge?

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Within the worlds of research and policy there is growing awareness of, and commitment to, the role of intermediaries and intermediary organizations.  They are increasingly seen – by various parties including research providers, users and funders – as important in ensuring that:

  •  Research directions are informed by the potential users;
  •  Users are strategically involved in the research; and
  • Research findings are accessible and actually used in decision making. 

Knowledge Intermediaries are playing key roles in considering how relationships between policy and practice, research and other types of knowledge can be made to function better. They are practicing Knowledge Management (KM), Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT), Knowledge Brokering (KB), Knowledge Adoption (KA) and a number of other activities which collectively we term K* (KStar).

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AF7. Develop harmonized national, basin and regional knowledge management and water information mechanisms to support a harmonized methodology of M & E for the water sector in Africa and a pan-Africa state of the water report by 2015.

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AF7. Develop harmonized national, basin and regional knowledge management and water information mechanisms to support a harmonized methodology of M & E for the water sector in Africa and a pan-Africa state of the water report by 2015.

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