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Share Fair 2011

September 2011 is a very long and intense month.

After the two events at FAO (the CSDI Stocktaking exercise and the ComDev Expert consultation), it is now time for an important event taking place at IFAD: the Share Fair 2011.

Share Fair 2011

I will have plenty of occasions to meet with people:

  • the Training on Photosharing (11:00 – 12:30, room C400),
  • the session called “Radio Lake Victoria assist Kenyan farmers with nitty-gritty of food security” (12:00-13:00, room B200),
  • the session named “FARM 98.0 FM: Your vocal gateway to agricultural information” (16:00-17:00, room C300),
  • the session on “5 years sharing coffee and knowledge: the Bluebar experience” (14.00 – 15.30 Tent: Chill-out Corner),
  • the Chill-out with Mark Davies (15:30-16:30 Tent – Chill-out Corner), and
  • the Social Reporting Team

The final Agenda of the Fair is available here.

This is not going to be alone, as at the ned of the week the km4dev annual meeting will also take place, in the same venue with even more people and things to learn.


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Today, the ComDev Expert Consultation starts

Today, over 30 experts from all over the World will convene at FAO Headquarters in Rome to discuss about the state of the art of Communication for Development.

The situation is uncertain. Users and professionals of development lost confidence with the concept of ComDev and are not any more able to fully distinguish it form traditional communication.

For the few who does not have a clear idea about the topic, have a look at Mario Acunzo’s interview. I also remind the definition of ComDev has formulated during the World Congress on Communication for Development in 2006 at FAO:

Communication for Development (ComDev) is a social process based on dialogue using a broad range of tools and methods. ComDev is about seeking change at different levels including listening, establishing trust, sharing knowledge and skills, building policies, debating and learning for sustained and meaningful change. It is not public relations or corporate communication. (WCCD, The Rome Consensus). The ComDev process goes beyond information dissemination to facilitate active participation and stakeholder dialogue. It highlights the importance of raising awareness, the cultural dimensions of development, local knowledge, experiential learning, information sharing and the active participation of rural people and other stakeholders in decision making

Experts will gather to understand what happened in the most recent years and formulate guidelines on how to proceed further, find a better positioning and design a new offer.

You can follow the event through the outputs of the Social Reporting Team on twitter, picasa, youtube, blog and on this blog.


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KM4DEV 2010

The blog of the KM4DEV 2010 annual meeting has just been launched.

Follow the activities of the next gathering of KM4Devers in Cali, next May 2010.

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In order to register, please fill out the form that is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFQX7S3 before May 14.


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4th AMARC Pan African Conference Starts

general assembly

The 4th AMARC Pan African Conference is just started and immediately appeared to be a very useful occasion to get in touch with Radio broadcasters here in Abidjan. What’s better to spend time around a table talking, and most of all, listening to people involved everyday in radio broadcasting?

Joseph of FADECO Community Radio of Tanzania

Thanks to a very good wifi access, I spent the morning twittering impressions on the speeches of the Opening session.

Twittering the AMARC Conference

And, as far as I can, I’ll keep on doing that because it seems to be more sustainable than blogging. After the Conference, or late at night, I’ll try resume my thoughts and learnings on this blog.

Interview with the President of URPCI


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Rome group of KM4Dev met yesterday

Yesterday the Rome group of KM4Dev met for the second time since January ’09, when the idea was launched during the ShareFair 09.

km4dev-rome

As you can see for this picture everybody enjoyed the meeting and the idea of creating a new group. 😉

The main topic debated was: CMS implementation and related training needs. The discussions grew over the present need to give a house on the Web to many different teams inside the organizations we are working for. FAO and IDLO are actually using TYPO3 to produce new websites and online environments but this created some problems both for the final users and the facilitators/trainers/knowledge managers because of the lack of specific skills and appropriate technical knowledge that this tool specific system needs.

As a consequence, awareness has raised in the group that appropriate training, both for users and for facilitators, is absolutely needed. In our case, the intermediaries between technical departments and final users (officers of different departments and their team), it is important to pass the ownership of the sites to the final users and create real capacities. Lately, the perception arose about high costs and difficulties (at least in Rome) that specific training on TYPO3 have.

While discussing these problems, a voice from outside the “chorus” told the assembly: “This choice seems to be particularly inefficient both in terms of cost and time. Why did you choose such a tool that is difficult and cost much in terms of training and knowledge acquisition? Have these parameters been considered at the moment of the choice? ”

This observation led the group to conclude that, while evaluating a tool, the analysis of the final users’ needs and abilities is fundamental (if not the main parameter to consider for the final choice).