Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia through a Gender and Governance Lens

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This paper uses Net-Map for qualitative data collection on the use of agricultural extension in Ethiopia, especially understanding the role of women (authors: Tewodaj Mogues, Marc J. Finally, making agricultural extension demand driven remains a challenge in Ethiopia.

How the poor adapt to climate change in Kenya and Ethiopia

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Farmers in Ethiopia (picture credit Stevie Mann, ILRI). This is the result of their field work in Ethiopia and Kenya, looking at the strategies and networks of stakeholders in their adaptation to climate change. Read the full Kenya and Ethiopia reports here.

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Net-Mapping the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in the Upper Blue Nile in Ethiopia

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When dealing with the challenges of a country like Ethiopia, focusing just on water, or food, or energy is a tall order already. Given how one influences the other, it is, however, not focus which is needed but integration – of issues and also of those people dealing with them.

Culture and technology: The Suri in Ethiopia and guns

Joitske Hulsebosch

This documentary was about the Suri in Southern Ethiopia (a part of Ethiopia I have never visited). Zapping on television I landed in the middle of a documentary of the BBC: Tribe I had already seen once before.

Public Health Knowledge Management – One size does not fit all (paper by Sarah Harlan et al.)

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Uncategorized Centralized Networks Ethiopia Knowledge Management Public Health Publication Reproductive Health What is the best network structure (picture copyright by DFID on flickr).

Looking back – KM highlights from 2014

Chris Collison

Ethiopia with the UN. The start of a new year is a good time to look back over the previous 12 months and reflect on some highlights – so here are the first five of my ten favourite moments of Knowledge Management Consulting from 2014 – in no particular order – I loved them all!

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Benchlearning: jugling with figures for deeper learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ethiopia , I worked with an NGO (Non- Governmental Organization) who had funds for small organizations. Year after year there was feedback from the organizations that approval of their funding took way too long.

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Net-Map facilitation pointers: Links

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As an example, in Ethiopia, while working with a local implementer we intended to ask for lines of formal authority.

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How personal do you make your online personal branding?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I share my background working with SNV in Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. My daughter thinks I''m a complete loser on Instagram. If I put a photo on instagram I have 1 or two likes. She and her friends easily get 100.

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Culture: Ethiopian Idols

Joitske Hulsebosch

His sentence: 'Alta Fakedem' (translation: you did not make it) has apparently become a popular phrase in Ethiopia. People were reportedly shocked in the beginning as it is unusual in Ethiopia to criticize in public, but the program has the highest ratings.

Mapping a community – easy and not-so-easy

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Here are the results in tabular and map form: Many responses per country: United States: 29; United Kingdom: 17; Netherlands: 10; Switzerland: 7; Canada: 6; Ethiopia: 6; India: 5.

Whistle language Silbo is disappearing because of technology

Joitske Hulsebosch

It reminded me of the farmers in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia who were also communicating from mountaintop to mountaintop by ordinary language. I watched The Dutch comedian Javier Guzman on a lazy evening during the x-mas holidays, his shows is called Por Dios. In this show there is a story about the influence of technology I would like to share because it is really telling a story. Javier explains that the shepherd on the isle of La Gomera have a whistle language called Silbo.

Technology: nownow for all your questions

Joitske Hulsebosch

And part of the answer: Ethiopia is a predominately Coptic Christian nation whereas Somalia is Muslim "Ethiopia is a predominately Coptic Christian nation whereas Somalia is Muslim. Via Bieslog I found nownow by Amazon. You can ask any question and it will be answered by 3 people who are good in searching the web. The last question was: What religion are the ethiopians who are currently fighting with the somalians?

You know it (you just don’t know it)

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Let’s face it, who can be an expert on chickens in Ethiopia , job hunting networks in Saint Louis, fertilizer policy in Malawi and female rice par-boilers in Nigeria at the same time? It’s been a while but the first time that this “power of Net-Map&# really became clear to me was probably when looking at communication networks in pro-poor Avian Influenza prevention in Ghana and Ethiopia.

Ready to elevate?

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This is my list: Assessing communication channels concerning avian influenza in Ghana , Ethiopia and Nigeria (Schiffer et al. Do you have your elevator speach ready? Can you tell me why IT (whatever IT is) is so exciting in the time it takes to get from ground level to 4th floor? Even if you won’t ever elevate (what is the verb for taking the elevator?)

A new focus for my blog: the new social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

When I worked in Chile, Mali and Ethiopia I was basically inventing everything by myself with a few key colleagues. In 2005 I started this blog around communities of practices. It was a great way to investigate, learn and share my steep learning curve about communities online.

I'm sliding and morphing

Joitske Hulsebosch

After studying irrigation and soil and water conservation, I started working in the development cooperation sector, in different countries, Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana. You possibly know the book by Lynda Gratton called the Shift ?

Technology and Culture: the introduction of the milktank in the Netherlands

Joitske Hulsebosch

The story of the Suri in Ethiopia and the introduction of guns reminded me of the introduction of the milktank in the Netherlands, which made a lot of impression on me when I read about it during my studies. Milk used to be collected in milkcontainers, which farmers put by the road side. But when the milktank was introduced (around 1975), the factories stopped to collect the milkcontainers and farmers had to use a milktank on their farms.

“Imperfect” is the new “perfect”?

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At a Brown Bag Seminar at the World Bank , Regina Birner ( IFPRI) and I presented how we used Net-Map to understand innovation systems in Ethiopia. “Why use messy pen-paper-and-checkers-pieces – can’t you do it on the computer?&#. As for the quasi inevitable question afterwards… see above. “Inevitable&# not because it was the World Bank but because it is such a common question that people ask when I do a presentation about Net-Map.

Culture: Hirsi Ali/Magan

Joitske Hulsebosch

I had many problems in Ethiopia where they could not understand that my passport has two Christian names (Gerberig Johanna) rather than my 'roepnaam' Joitske. There has been a lot of commotion in the Netherlands around Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Technology: blogging game 4x4

Joitske Hulsebosch

I was tagged by Beverly Trayner for a 4x4 game. (My My association with 4x4 is a four-wheel drive but this is about answering 4x6 questions). Usually I'm not really a fan of chain-letters (kettingbrieven), but when I clicked on the tagged by. tagged by. tagged by. tagged by.I got to the source and I liked the way you can trace the chain.

Every question can be misinterpreted (communication is hard!)

Joitske Hulsebosch

I always think I have been trained on the job by living in Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia to formulate my questions as clear and unambiguous as possible, so I was surprised that this question was interpreted in a way that escaped my observations. "Would you rather have lived in Leidschendam?"

Culture: unexpected reactions

Joitske Hulsebosch

I had similar experiences after I had lived for 10 years in Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana and came back to the Netherlands.

Obsolete (learning) practices

Joitske Hulsebosch

Now my daughters are 6 and 8 years, so no need for breastfeeding - though I heard a story in Ethiopia that a man of 24 in Harar was still breastfeeding but that's another story altogether- and no need for a watch on my wrist day and night. Following on my last blogpost on Is Yours a Learning Organisation, I started thinking about change processes. Becoming (even) more of a learning organisation is basically guiding a change process and improving practices.

Communities of practice: HIV/AIDS prevention practices

Joitske Hulsebosch

It clicked with the story of a friend who went back to Ethiopia. Yesterday, a colleague had organised an interesting meeting with Achieng Renish Ngube, a Kenyan HIV/AIDS activist, who figures in a book called Mijn status is positief by Annemie Struyf and Lieve Blancquaert.

Guest Post: Net-Map and stop swimming up-stream (By Lin McDevitt-Pugh)

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I am presently consulting with associations of women entrepreneurs in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia and providing the Mobilize Networks! In Tanzania we had three tables of people in the honey industry and in Ethiopia we had the service industry, the honey industry and the coffee industry. Lin was a participant in my Net-Map workshop in Utrecht last December and here is how she describes her experience using the method: “Working with Net-Map. 2/2/11. . Hello Eva, .

Some ideas on Innovation versus creative thinking

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ethiopia I once did an exercise with a rope, which needs creative thinking to get the solution.

Same, same but different

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When doing Net-Maps with different people about the same question, we face the following dilemma: We want them to be free to mention any actor who comes to mind, whoever is involved in, let’s say innovation in the poultry sector in Ethiopia or managing small reservoirs in Ghana.

Expertise and Ave Maria

Joitske Hulsebosch

When I returned from working in Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana and started to work in the Netherlands I was at times surprised about work given to younger and junior employees. Image via Wikipedia I'm interested in expertise: what is it and how to build it?

Culture: the case for contamination

Joitske Hulsebosch

I recognise the depicted scene very much, last time when we went to the Ethiopian restaurant, we laughed with the son of the owner because he asked how long we all had lived in Ethiopia and his was the shortest of all (two years). So she was asking us lots of things about Ethiopia because she had never been there. The Ashanti king (asantehene) on the picture.

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Awassa, Ethiopia Now let’s have a look on the photo above. Now, let me add few more details: they were gathered together in a specific location, in that case, a herb farm in Awassa, Ethiopia.

Can web2.0 improve decision-making processes?

Joitske Hulsebosch

The reason is that she has no property and no fixed job, (and no children) and therefore they think it is not proven that she will return to Ethiopia after the holidays. This is my first cross-post from my Dutch blog.

Practical examples: the knowledge sharing approach of the United Nations Development Programme

Joitske Hulsebosch

I recall this too, in 1998 in Ethiopia, our secretaries were printing, stamping and filing all e-mail messages :)) to direct communication between national programme staff. In the km4dev journal there was an article by Kim Henderson on the knowledge sharing approach of UNDP based on CoPs or knowledge networks.

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Culture: Dutch views on development cooperation

Joitske Hulsebosch

To add one anecdote: when my husband talked in Unicef about his experiences with FAO in Ethiopia, it was reported in a magazine that he worked to 'eradicate hunger'. I struggle a bit with what falls within the domain of communities of practice, but OK some wandering off. Good, old SNV (with whom I spend almost 9 years) organised a great reunion for its 40-years anniversary. The minister of development cooperation, Agnes van Ardenne had the most visionary speech.

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Communities of practice and core qualities

Joitske Hulsebosch

I liked the way he revisits project management and 'projectmatig werken', because I'm very tired of projects, after 10 years in Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana. I read the book by Daniel Ofman called Bezieling en kwaliteit in organisaties (don't know how to translate 'bezieling', the rest means quality in organisations). I worked a couple of times with the core quality quadrants or kernkwadranten in teams.

CPSquare “Connected Futures” week 1 blog post | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I’m currently at ILRI in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I’m co-facilitating a face to face element of an ongoing distributed workshop on knowledge sharing in international agricultural research.

CPSquare “Connected Futures” week 1 blog post | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I’m currently at ILRI in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I’m co-facilitating a face to face element of an ongoing distributed workshop on knowledge sharing in international agricultural research.