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PANCAP hosts knowledge synthesis and best practices workshop

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016, GEORGETOWN GUYANA: The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV&AIDS, PANCAP, is hosting a three (3) – day workshop (November 22 -24) in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on Knowledge Synthesis and Best Practices for leaders of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers in the Caribbean.

The workshop is meant to foster further collaboration between CSOs and NAP managers through a series of engaging knowledge management (KM) activities that will allow the participants to share their success stories and best practices with those that may need guidance in similar areas of their programmes.

According to Director, PANCAP Coordinating Unit, Dereck Springer, the workshop will avoid routine training presentations and instead focus on encouraging CSOs and NAP managers to work together through highly interactive knowledge sharing sessions.  ‘We are placing emphasis on sustainability of HIV programming, stated the Director, ‘it is imperative that all CSOs and NAP Managers be equipped with the tools necessary for sustaining such programmes through greater efficiencies and cost effectiveness. .

The PANCAP Director further stated ‘one of the key expected outcomes of the meeting is NAP Managers’ capacity to effectively advocate for national level funding to support CSOs’ sustainability beyond transition from external donor funding.  In addition we also hope that the workshop will begin to foster greater integration of CSOs into the national response thus leveraging their comparative advantage of reaching key population groups.  At the conclusion of the workshop, we aim to have all participants agree on a common position on sustainability of the HIV response and to issue a communique in this regard’.

Dr. Shanti Singh-Anthony, Coordinator, Knowledge for Health Project, PANCAP Coordinating Unit  explained that she expects the most success from the ‘Knowledge Café’ activity which allows participants to engage in group discussions about topics affecting the implementation of HIV and AIDS programmes.  The groups will be facilitated by a number of programme experts within the fields of HIV and AIDS and knowledge management.

‘The Knowledge Café will provide an ideal environment for participants to learn about the successful programmes implemented by CSOs and national AIDS programmes  stated t Dr Singh-Anthony , ‘those participants who require support  to achieve greater  success can generate a road map by discussing their challenges with those who have already crossed those hurdles’.

In addition to the Knowledge Café, another highlight of the workshop will be the ‘Peer Assist’ sessions.  ‘These sessions will build on the discussions generated in the Knowledge Café but will allow for more intimate interaction between participants seeking help in particular areas and those who are willing to share their experiences,’ stated the Knowledge Coordinator, ‘the face-to-face discussion is ideal for solving specific challenges by reusing existing knowledge and experience rather than having to reinvent the wheel. It also supports collective learning, cross-linkages, and networking and stimulates new perspectives and new lines of inquiry.

The workshop is being held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from Tuesday November 22 to Thursday, November 24.  PANCAP will provide ‘live’ updates on the workshop, including interviews with facilitators and participants, via www.PANCAP.org as well as social media platforms available at www.facebook.com/pancapnetwork and www.twitter.com/pancaporg 

All updates can be viewed as they are posted by using #KM4SUSTAINABILITY

What is PANCAP?

PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners.

What is Knowledge Management?

Knowledge management (KM) is an umbrella term encompassing the many unique but related facets of creating, organizing, sharing, and using information and experiences. While there is no universally accepted definition of KM, most available definitions have common elements. KM is often described as a “process” rather than one activity or event, and many definitions discuss KM as the practice of delivering the right content to the right people at the right time. Other definitions discuss the specific activities included within KM. For example, one definition of knowledge management is “... the systematic process by which knowledge needed for an organization to succeed is created, captured, shared and leveraged” (Clemmons Rumizen, 2002, p.9<https://www.k4health.org/toolkits/km/complete-idiots-guide-knowledge-management>).

For more information on PANCAP visit www.pancap.org
For more information on Knowledge Management visit www.k4health.org 

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