Jointly organised by the KDI Center for International Development & the OECD Development Centre, the Workshop on "Knowledge Sharing for Development: Taking Stock of Best Practices" took place on 11 & 12 July 2011 in Paris.
Draft Programme as of 27 June 2011
Knowledge sharing is one of the nine pillars of the G-20 Seoul Multi Year Action Plan on Development. The Multi Year Action Plan advocates mainstreaming knowledge sharing initiatives in the other development pillars. Indeed, 50 years of practice in policy committees and peer reviews at the OECD shows that learning from the experience of others leads to effective policy making, saving time and costly experiments. Drawing from its own experience, Korea has been active in sharing knowledge for development and promoting knowledge sharing platforms and networks on a global scale.
The workshop is an opportunity to take stock of best practices in knowledge sharing mechanisms on growth and sustainable development policies among policy-makers and practitioners in governments and international institutions. The workshop discussed the methodologies most appropriate to ensure that knowledge sharing mechanisms respond to the needs of developing countries and effectively translate into improved capacities for policy design and implementation in specific sectors and development contexts.
Objective and Expected Outcome
The objective of the workshop was to enhance the effectiveness of the current practices in knowledge sharing, compare the modalities of different institutions, and foster co-operation between national and international organisations to scale up knowledge sharing initiatives.
The results from the workshop aim to contribute to the substantive discussions of the G20 on development and knowledge sharing and to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan on 29 November – 1 December 2011.
The workshop benefits from a broad participation of major players in this field which include UNDP and the World Bank; Korea, France and South Africa as co-chairs of the G20 Development Working Group; Mexico as co-facilitator (with Korea) for the knowledge sharing pillar; Indonesia and Colombia as co-chairs of the Task Team on South-South Cooperation; and countries with active knowledge sharing programs such as Brazil, China and Germany, to name just a few.
The workshop is targeted in particular to "practitioners" in governments and international organisations involved in knowledge sharing activities at the policy making level.