Flagship 4: K-Hub – Knowledge Hub for Networking, Partnerships and Advocacy
The knowledge management and support flagship builds on RUFORUM’s convening power and facilitates the creation, capture, organizing, sharing and refining of information and content across teams and geographic locations – thus increasing access to the latest, up-to-the-minute, evidence based information and knowledge. Connecting cooperating partners and entities under one content classification and taxonomy management system, the programme will encourage and enable staff and students to create knowledge assets to be shared across all network entities, and improve the overall performance and collaboration between organisations, departments and individuals, while increasing both information ‘findability’ and accessibility.
Implementing a world-class knowledge management solution that leverages the latest semantic technologies and practices has the potential to deliver great value to those whom RUFORUM serves (its ‘customers’), and increase efficiency and collaboration. The RUFORUM-ASTI Higher Agricultural Education Capacity Indicators (HAECI) portal and database and the Online Impact Portal (OIP) will serve as the main online impact platforms. In this process, RUFORUM working collaboratively with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will establish a Higher Education Indicator Platform for African universities.
RUFORUM is very active in strengthening digital platforms for member universities to share experiences across Africa and strengthen members' ability to deliver education, strengthen research, link more effectively to rural communities and contribute to the global knowledge commons and the African Agenda 2063 [ AfriDAP Presentation ]
Under the knowledge management and support flagship, RUFORUM will: i) create knowledge products that deliver value to its customer segments through knowledge translation of scientific papers and research outputs into actionable knowledge products, including policy recommendations, tip sheets, best-practices guides and training modules; ii) enhance access to knowledge utilising ICT and other knowledge management formats, giving due consideration to intellectual property; iii) build capacity and promote a culture of learning and knowledge-sharing aimed at improving policy and practice; and iv) build networks and communities of practice to facilitate knowledge-sharing, build a knowledge base and generate new ideas and knowledge.
Compounded, these four flagship initiatives will provide the foundation for advocacy, partnership and networks that will define the key characteristics of the RUFORUM brand towards 2030