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Sharing Knowledge : Innovations and Remaining Challenges

By The World Bank

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Book Id: WPLBN0000176248
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Sharing Knowledge : Innovations and Remaining Challenges  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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In 1996, the World Bank made a commitment to develop a world-class knowledge management system and to improve and expand the sharing of development knowledge with clients and partners. The aim was to improve the quality of Bank operations and enhance the capacity of clients to achieve development results. Since FY97, the Bank has spent some $220 million for Corporate, Network, and Regional knowledge sharing activities and over $60 million for its three main global knowledge initiatives?the Development Gateway, Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), and Global Development Network (GDN). The Bank did the right thing in introducing a comprehensive knowledge iniiative. The initiative proposed, appropriately, a comprehensive strategy to bring about internal and external change. Responsive to rapid changes in information technology, the strategy has become increasingly relevant in the intervening years to changes in international development practices and the Bank?s own agenda. Bank knowledge has become faster and easier to access. This evaluation assesses the relevance of the initiative and the effectiveness of activities undertaken to achieve its objectives. Overall, it finds that the Bank has made more progress in establishing the architecture to support its knowledge initiative than in creating the work processes and the governance arrangements for carrying it out. As a result, the strategic intent of making knowledge sharing a way of doing business and empowering clients has been only partially realized...


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