Third High-Level Meeting on Country-led Knowledge Sharing (HLM3)

HLM3 Highlights And Reflections

Welcome to the HM3 conference space. Here you will find HLM3 plenaries video recordingsphotosparallel session summaries and blog posts from the conference. Some of the materials that were presented or generated during the Third High Level Meeting on Country-led Knowledge Sharing (HLM3) are also shared on this platform, as well as the conference Communique. You can use this space to follow up with HLM3 peers and make use of the knowledge exchanged during the event to scale up knowledge sharing in your organization. Follow the discussion on the Global Partnership for Knowledge Sharing (GPKS) and read the summary of the first official meeting.

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Accelerating Impact through Knowledge Sharing and Exchange

Building on the first exciting day of HLM3, the discussion of knowledge sharing (KS) continued around how it is a critical contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which are highly complex and require specialized knowledge beyond sector silos.

Making an Impact

This is particularly true for areas such as migration and urban development. Horizontal KS - across ministries/sector - is growing with more line ministries and sector agencies building their capacities to capture and share their best solutions, and increasingly looking beyond institutional boundaries. “We are trying to familiarize our programs by training and knowledge sharing in the country. With this, we can demonstrated to wider groups and we are getting lessons on approach from other development countries for poor people such as from Brazil and India,” explains Berhanu Woldemichael Washie, Director, Food Security Coordination Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ethiopia.

This horizontal sharing also directly impacts delivery of public services in complex policy areas, where country institutions are advancing in their understanding of how to capture and retain expertise, and replicate successful approaches in design and implementation. Washie says, “There are many partners in implementing social protection activities. We needed interfacing and sharing experience. We need the different actors to come together.”

Why systematize?

A critical element for using KS to achieve the SDGs lies in the capacity to systematize public policy experiences. “We should be strategic for knowledge sharing,” says Paula Hernández Olmos, National coordinator, Prospera Program, Mexico. Among many approach and tools that they use, Olmos says “We use the cloud. And now we are giving voice to the communities, a transformational dialogue.” Systematizing experiences needs to include not only the government perspective, but also with the knowledge of private sector, civil society and especially academia explained Holmos. This is particularly relevant in capturing local knowledge, and experiences with national public policies at the local level.


Scaling up Solutions via Knowledge Sharing

To be scalable, knowledge sharing has to respond to demand and the need to know how to go to the next step. These are the key points in International Fund for Agriculture’s approach according to Adolfo Brizzi, Director, Policy & Technical Advisory Division. “We looked at knowledge products. Most of it was good, but how much of it was being used? Not much because it was not based on demand often times,” said Brizzi. They learned through client surveys that the need for knowledge was not “what to do” but rather “how to do.” IFAD realized that their main instruments of knowledge, policy dialogue, and project lending consists of different people, different timelines and different incentives. Often times this can pose the challenge of working in silos with different dynamics. This complexity leads to the challenge that if you have many clients and are not organized, then how do you scale up. Brizzi explains that “You need to integrate these three instruments. You need to have a compact.”

The question was raised, what are the pathways to scale up? In Brizzi’s experience, one pathway is government, not money, because it is not as important as knowledge. Second, private sector is a pathway as a key ally. Third, donors become pathways when they “pick-up” projects. And fourth is the most powerful – self-replication say Brizzi. Clients are at the center and they become knowledge users and generators.

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Building on the energy of previous High-Level meetings (HLM) on Country-led Knowledge Sharing in Bali (2012) and Seoul (2014), this third edition showcased the progress made by country institutions leading a new knowledge sharing culture, shared evidence of the contribution of effective knowledge sharing to improving service delivery, and highlighted the opportunities for integrating these processes into WBG lending operations and advisory services.

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