The LVBC Knowledge Management Strategy validation workshop kicked off in Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe, Republic of Uganda, 28th-30th November 2017.
At least two delegates from 5 East African Partner States—Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda—and senior management staff from LVBC and the K4Health Project are participating in the regional workshop, which will result into a validated LVBC KM Strategy spelling out objectives, strategic actions and remedial solutions to gaps identified through a rapid gaps assessment conducted in 2016.
In his opening remarks, the LVBC Executive Secretary Dr. Ali-Said, Matano stressed that knowledge is critical for in eradicating poverty in Lake Victoria Basin.
"The more the over 44 million people in the Basin access knowledge, the faster shall they realize and enjoy development. There is no doubt that knowledge is one of the remedial measures for poverty eradication," Dr. Ali-Said Matano, Executive Secretary, LVBC.
Dr. Matano highlighted several strategies used to generate knowledge by LVBC such as the Regional Scientific Conferences such as the Regional Scientific and Environmental Conference held in Mwanza, Tanzania, February 2017, Regional Population Health and Environment (PHE) Symposium in Entebbe, Uganda held in October 2017, the Annual High level Policy Dialogue Meetings such as Regional Policy Steering Committee Meetings and the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin (SECOM).
He however noted more efforts, specifically in turning generated data and information from project implementation and operations of the Commission into valuable knowledge needs to be reinforced and improved. The Executive Secretary expressed deepest gratitude to the regional representative of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs for supporting LVBC improve Knowledge Management systems. He also emphasized the importance of different actors in sharing knowledge: the academia, media and regional institutions--all done to improve the livelihoods of communities and people.
On his part, the head of Uganda's delegation to the workshop, Chris Magoba, the Principal Public Relations Officer, the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Republic of Uganda urged concerted efforts in generating evidence-based knowledge to reverse media campaign that Africa's largest freshwater is under threat of dying.
Ms Cheryl Lettenmaier, the regional representative of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programmes said that the Knowledge Management Strategy is an outcome of 2 years of great partnership between LVBC and the USAID funded K4Health Project. She added,"We are pleased to have been part of LVBC Knowledge Management capacity building and development of the LVBC Knowledge Management Strategy which will guide the Knowledge Management processes, practices and systems at LVBC"
"We are pleased to have been part of LVBC Knowledge Management capacity building and development of the LVBC Knowledge Management Strategy which will guide the Knowledge Management processes, practices and systems at LVBC," Ms Cheryl Lettenmaier.
The Knowledge Management Strategy (2017-2022) is anchored on the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Strategic Plan 2016-2017. The latter was inspired by EAC Development Strategy among other key guiding documents.
"This is a good step in the right direction initiated by the Lake Victoria Basin as many institutions do not even know what Knowledge Management is and what it stands to achieve," Josephat Odinga, Senior Librarian, Ministry of East African Affairs, Labour and Social Protection, Republic of Kenya.
The workshop will be undertaken in line with article 71(1) (f) of the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community (EAC) which endows the EAC Secretariat and its organs and institutions the responsibility of promoting and disseminating information and knowledge to stakeholders.
Delegates at the LVBC Regional KM Strategy Orientation & Validation Workshop, Entebbe, Uganda