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Strategic Programme 4 : Animal Resources Information and Knowledge Management

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Objective

To improve creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for effective animal resource development.

Context

Information and knowledge management are important features of AU-IBAR's strategic niche. They constitute a critical basis for evidence-based policy and decisions making processes. The major challenges to knowledge management are cultural, technological as well as process and architectural.

Cultural: Knowledge and learning come from people and their relationships with each other and their experiences. The real challenge, therefore, comes in the form of developing a culture that embraces record keeping, learning, sharing, changing, and improving. Other challenges include poor access to/use of technological advances and innovations, and the transboundary nature of some resources coupled with the restriction in the movement of people across national borders.

Technological challenges to knowledge management include inadequate integration of existing databases, limited inter-operability and limited adoption/utilization of knowledge management tools. Process and structure challenges to knowledge management include inadequate documentation exacerbated by lack of management guidelines, inadequate integration of knowledge into planning systems, inadequate application of innovations and research findings and inadequate standard methods of measuring knowledge and impact.