Knowledge sharing networks are increasingly recognised as means of
mobilising the knowledge and capacities needed to respond to complex and
changing realities, such as the challenges posed by climate change.
AfricaAdapt is one such network that describes its aim as ‘facilitating
the flow of climate change adaptation knowledge for sustainable
livelihoods between researchers, policy makers, civil society
organisations and communities who are vulnerable to climate variability
and change across the [African] continent’.
This paper takes a 'behind the scenes' look at the AfricaAdapt Network
and the partnerships on which it is based and is thus intended to be
useful for others seeking to collaboratively develop knowledge sharing
networks. We focus on the dynamics of design and implementation of a
knowledge sharing network in a distributed partnership, from the
perspective of the former lead partner. Rather than looking at the
delivery and outcomes of network activities, we explore the way in which
the partners sought to develop sustainable relationships and ways of
working to underpin the network, areas that are frequently
under-examined, particularly among practitioners.
Areas covered include: governance and management, staffing and planning,
financial management, partnership dynamics, learning, capacity
development, monitoring and evaluation. Although all knowledge sharing
networks are different we have tried to identify insights and principles
from this specific example that can be adapted and applied in other
contexts. We hope that these insights will provide a useful contribution
to the broader body of theory and experience around networks and
Fisher, C.; Harvey, B. Behind the Scenes at a Climate Change Knowledge Sharing Network. IDS Insights from Phase One of AfricaAdapt. IDS Working Papers (2012) No. 402, 24 pp. ISBN 978-1-78118-080-8
Behind the Scenes at a Climate Change Knowledge Sharing Network. IDS Insights from Phase One of AfricaAdapt.