The Institutional Knowledge Sharing Project was invited to attend a Workshop organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Global Development Network (GDN) and the “Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento” (CIPPEC), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 19 to 20 February 2008.
The theme of the workshop was: “Bridging research communication and policy impact through knowledge management”. 20 participants from several Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as from USA and Europe with regional offices in LAC met to discuss how GDN could develop and offer a 5-year program designed to address the above issue.
After a presentation of the Bridging Research Policy (BRP) synthesis paper several case studies were presented and discussed in plenary. We then split into groups, to work on different scenarios and suggestions for GDN. It was interesting to see that the participants of the group discussions came up with ideas that were quite different from the original focus that was put forward by the organizers. Their initial thoughts included the development of a capacity building program that would address needs related to BRP. Participants rather suggested funding networking activities, and supporting opportunities for knowledge sharing between policy researchers, and policy makers.