Knowledge Centers Positioned Across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
Sometimes those of us working with knowledge strategy are accused of being too “theoretical,” of focusing on KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy too much as a discipline, without giving attention to practical applications.
Have you heard any of that recently?
If you have, grab the nay-sayers and sit them down in front of this short film.
It’s pretty special.
l can’t think of many times in the last few years when I’ve been so proud of the work knowledge workers do.
Take a look at this:
The film describes the work of the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) and offers a good look at knowledge development and knowledge sharing (KD/KS) in communities in East Africa. ALIN is doing its work so well, in fact, that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its 2011 Access to Learning Award of $1 million to ALIN.
Described as an NGO providing knowledge and information “through a variety of innovative channels in remote communities throughout Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.,” ALIN is specifically designed to be community focused, enabling people in the villages to use technology and other tools at ALIN’s 12 Maarifi (Knowledge Centers) to gain information to improve their health, increase their incomes, and better their lives. Microsoft, a partner of the foundation in its efforts to help public libraries connect people with relevant technology and skills, will provide ALIN with a donation of over US$270,000 worth of software and technology training curriculum to help the organization serve the local community.
And give attention to that word “community.” It’s the key concept here, as you’ll see as you view the film.
And perhaps you’ll be as touched as I was to hear what one of the local villagers says when he talks about how sharing knowledge changes lives: “We preach our gospel of information,” he says, “where we really have a community that is knowledge-driven.”
The knowledge-driven community. What a concept!
Thanks to Tammy Magid, SMR’s Consulting Specialist, for bringing the film forward for our readers. Tammy focuses much of her attention on SMRAfrica, SMR’s information affiliate in Nairobi, Kenya, matching her special interest and expertise in KM/knowledge services in women’s health and mHealth with SMR’s efforts in Africa.