Dgroups and HIFA were presented as examples of best practice at the Knowledge for Development Conference at the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, 3-4 April 2017
Neil Pakenham-Walsh, chair of the Dgroups foundation and founder of HIFA (Healthcare Information for All: five Dgroups with >16,000 members interacting in 3 languages) presented Dgroups to a diverse audience of more than 200 development professionals (many of whom already use Dgroups). He underlined the vital importance of Dgroups and communities of practice to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
He called for CoPs to be specifically included in the Agenda Knowledge for Development, and for all stakeholders to support the key recommendation made in the new publication Knowledge Management in the UN System: namely that UN agencies and others should embrace CoPs and realise their full potential.
Neil pointed out that CoPs are more environmentally sustainable, more inclusive, more transparent, and much less expensive than international F2F conferences. While the latter are still needed, there is a case for a smarter approach with fewer F2F conferences linked by continuous 24/7 CoPs.
View Neil’s presentation here.