5. AU-IBAR's roles and strategies to achieve desired goals
The unique institutional position of AU-IBAR, as a technical arm of the AUC with a mandate for animal resources and responsibility as knowledge broker, gives it a significant comparative advantage. AU-IBAR will use this strategic advantage to mobilize resources needed to facilitate the collation of information from various sources. It will further use its extensive networks with organizations and entities hosting repositories of relevant information within and outside the continent to gather information. AU-IBAR will use its technical capacity and access to expertise within and outside the continent to analyse, synthesize and optimise the value of data in order to enhance their relevance and utility as knowledge products. Through RECs and Member States, AU-IBAR has the necessary channels to obtain data and to disseminate information and knowledge to endusers.
The strategies AU-IBAR will use to achieve desired goals are:
- Upgrade ARIS and re-introduce it at AU-IBAR and to Member States.
- Collaborate with regional and international organisations (i.e. OIE, FAO, ILRI and RECs) to establish interconnectivity between databases to encourage sharing of data and easing Member States' burden of regular reporting.
- Stimulate existing and identify new reporting networks, tools (e.g. hand-held devices) and other means of collecting animal resources data, including from non-traditional but critical sources of important information (such as customs authorities, ministries of trade, chambers of commerce, commodity associations etc).
- Build clients' (Member States, RECs, field staff) capacity and awareness to improve the quality and timeliness of data gathering and reporting.
- Develop analytical tools to generate quality information on disease situation, animal production, marketing and trade, contribution of animal resources to livelihoods and GDP, as well as to track the level of investments by Member States and the private sector.
- Develop a framework and system capable of packaging animal resources information for different audience in order to create awareness, influence policy and conduct advocacy work.
- Establish the AU-IBAR Portal, revamping the Animal Health Yearbook and the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, as well as modernizing the AU-IBAR library.
- Create a platform for African experts and volunteers from elsewhere to discuss and suggest solutions to animal resources challenges in Africa (discussion groups).
- Enhance the capacity of AU-IBAR (e.g. upgrading information management and communication tools and methods) for efficient and effective knowledge management.
- Collect best practices from relevant partners through information sharing platforms, forums and networks (e.g. ALive, UNCCD-TPN3, etc).
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