KSG develops a knowledge sharing strategy
In pursuit of excellence in the public service and while encouraging peers to learn from one another, the Kenya School of Government, in partnership with World Bank, has established a Knowledge Sharing Strategy. The School is adopting knowledge sharing instead of the traditional knowledge management with focus on the active role. In this partnership, the School plays the role of a facilitator and broker of practicality especially on how to apply knowledge management through its diverse learning offerings. In so doing, KSG is interested to further develop its internal capabilities for sharing of good practice as lessons learned, as well as to strengthen its ability to organize and contribute to knowledge sharing programs and activities by Kenyan and international stakeholders. Already a group of KSG staff including faculty members have been trained on the strategy that was mounted at the School’s Lower Kabete premises. The participants were taken through the benefits of knowledge sharing by Steffen Souljman Janus from the World Bank. Souljman highlighted the major benefits where the School will use innovative pedagogical tools and delivery modalities towards more meaningful and actionable learning across Kenya. KSG is already collecting feedback from counties and other stake holders on relevance, timeliness and effectiveness of the capacity building activities and accredited training of trainers and technical assistance in this area of knowledge management. In order to achieve the set vision, where KSG aspires to become a global hub for knowledge sharing and participatory learning to enhance public service delivery by the year 2020, the project driver, Ms. Vera Obonyo, emphasizes that the role of knowledge sharing is realizing core functions of KSG, a strategy that will support both the Vision and Mission of the School’s Strategic Plan. Further, Ms. Obonyo, who is the Deputy Director at eLDi, discloses that the School is moving forward to develop a more collaborative culture based on which it will be able to recruit, retain and honour world class workforce as well as serve as a role model to other capacity building institutions. She summarizes that the knowledge sharing strategy implementation will ensure that all knowledge activities are aligned to the School directly or indirectly. Direct application involves collection of externally oriented evidence, analysis, knowledge capture, generation and exchange initiatives and engage in policy debate and indirectly through improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency and fostering a culture of learning and exchange.