Knowledge is indispensable to all including individuals, communities, governments and the global community, and is thus an intrinsic part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda as a catalyst to accelerate their achievement. Enhancing knowledge and information systems for programme results and organizational efficiency and effectiveness is one of the key ‘enablers’ of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018-2021. The recently developed UNICEF EAP Regional KM Strategy sets a path to develop a deeper understanding of what knowledge is needed, taking a demand-driven approach to knowledge and supplying smarter knowledge products that fulfil a well-articulated need and creative means for delivering them. The KM pillars – known as the 5 P’s are highlighted in the strategy – Policy, Advocacy and Programmes; Platforms; Partners; Products; Prioritisation.
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IMA International were asked to provide a Knowledge Management learning workshop for Planning, M&E, Social Policy, Research, Programme, Data, and Emergency specialists from UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) 14 countries as well as a few from New York Head Office, as part of a Planning, Monitoring and Knowledge Management Network Meeting. This day was developed in close consultation with the UNICEF EAPRO KM Specialist who had previously attended IMA International’s open course on Knowledge Management. Senior Leadership of UNICEF were present during much of the day, inspiring, supporting and challenging participants with practical support to develop action plans for implementing the regional KM strategy in their country teams. After covering KM fundamentals and looking at tools and techniques to use, we discussed how to develop a good KM environment before going onto develop collective guidance on developing KM Strategy and institutionalising KM practice within UNICEF EAPRO.