Go organic, go civic! #KMalreadyHappensAnyways


It’s the last week of my work at IRC and it’s a crucial moment to reflect on various aspects of the almost 10 years of experience I’ve had at IRC. More than a week ago I had a wonderful farewell party with my amazing future ex-colleagues; it gave me an opportunity to reflect already and […]

Communication, strategy and revolution


When in Ethiopia recently I facilitated a workshop for an NGO forum around the topic of strategic communications in the WASH sector and particularly how you can develop a communication strategy – and does it make sense in the first place? The workshop went very well and included a couple of very interesting sessions like […]

KM4D journal issue on learning, KM and collaboration in the water sector


The call for papers for this issue of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal is closed since 11 May. Thank you for your understanding and feel free to contact the editors’ team to explore other avenues to publish your paper. The December issue of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal is dedicated to effective (and […]

Communicating inside to learn outside?


In justifying a proposal we submitted to a donor supporting learning at IRC, I came to revisit my ideas of internal communication and its link with the learning activities that we carry out or promote as an organisation. In the proposal we submitted, we focus on three levels: internal communication capacities and channels, experiences and […]

A frame to work with learning alliances?


In the week of 20-24 April, IRC will be organising an internal workshop (including a few external participants) on the learning alliance approach. The aim of the workshop is to develop a framework to set up and facilitate a learning alliance process, looking at practical tools and taking into account all the lessons that IRC […]

Managing “le savoir”


The date is set: 5 October 2009, in back to back with the annual KM4DEV event, the first cobbles on the road to a francophone community of practice on learning for development will be paved, in Brussels the modern Babel tower! The objectives are two-fold: – to introduce the IKM Emergent discourse in the francophone […]

Sector learning – scouting in the dark


After several discussions internally at IRC, the decision was taken to set up a new discussion group to build upon the recently held ‘sector learning’ workshop (Delft, November 2008 ) where a lot of our partners came to present their resource centre initiative, national information systems or learning alliance approaches. As usual with (nice) workshops, […]

Learning for sale in the WASH sector


It’s common: innovation and change never comes alone, it comes in clouds, or bubbles. But before bubbles appear, one’s been blowing in the water like crazy and nothing happens – or perhaps only shy ripples on the surface. This is what happened with the resource centre development work that our partners and us have been […]

The future of Resource Centres


In its Resource Centre Development (RCD) programme, IRC has been working in about 20 countries between 2002 and 2006 to set up resource centres (‘RC’s – independent organisations or networks) so as to manage information and knowledge on water, sanitation and hygiene at national level. The results of the programme – partly available on: http://www.irc.nl/page/30737 […]