Fostering inter-agency collaboration in knowledge management and knowledge sharing
In the past year, both HLCM and HLCP have reiterated their commitment to pursue a common strategy to more effectively share knowledge across the system. While extensive capacity to leverage knowledge resources already exists within many United Nations system organizations, the ability of the system as a whole to share knowledge is a critical condition to significantly advance overall policy and programmatic coherence. With these considerations in mind, CEB, through its High-level Committees, has established an inter-agency task force to shape a system-wide knowledge-sharing strategy. Underlying the elaboration of this strategy is the recognition of United Nations agencies as centres of excellence in their respective areas of specialization, and the importance of finding ways for their individual strengths to coalesce to promote multisectoral approaches that can advance both security and development.
Successful knowledge-sharing can occur only in an open environment, where all participants feel free to contribute and share what they know, and where their input is not only welcome, but also expected. Barriers to efficient knowledge-sharing frequently stem from prevailing institutional cultures, and lack of adequate support mechanisms. The task force on knowledge-sharing is working to address these cultural and infrastructure obstacles by exploring ways of advancing a broader culture of knowledge-sharing across institutional boundaries, and of strengthening institutional policies that guide participation in knowledge networks.