KM4Dev Addis Ababa & Ethiopia


KM4Dev Addis Ababa & Ethiopia

All development (& research) knowledge and communication specialists in Addis Ababa and more widely in Ethiopia

See a presentation explaining what this group stands for and has done so far.

See our Facebook group.

Location: Addis Ababa
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2023

A bit more information about this group

This Ning page is used to schedule get-togethers and events of this group and to document these  discussions (minutes, presentations etc.). 

For ongoing conversations around the broader topic of 'knowledge management for development in Ethiopia', we use a Facebook group and we organise get-togethers every 2 to 3 months.

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Comment by Peter Ballantyne on June 4, 2012 at 3:40pm


Next week there will be a Food Security and Nutrition Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting in Addis Ababa

If you have an interest in knowledge sharing/knowledge management and/or ICTs in Agriculture, please join us at ILRI on Friday 8 June; from 1500-1700; for an informal exchange and meet up.  The main organizer of next week's meeting - Joan Whelan (Knowledge Management Senior Specialist, Food Security and Nutrition Network/TOPS Program) - will join us and share perspectives.

Please confirm if you will attend to Ms. Abeba Asmelash (

If you know any colleagues working on these issues, they are also welcome to join!

Best regards


Comment by Fitsum Tesfaye Habtemariam on June 4, 2012 at 4:59am

I go for the 2 hrs session, too.

Comment by Metadel Lemma on June 3, 2012 at 5:39pm

I think 2 hours is great!

Comment by Wondimu Gobena on June 1, 2012 at 3:01pm

I am new to the group and don't know the past trend. So i prefer the moderate 2 hours

Comment by Abenet Yabowork on June 1, 2012 at 8:38am

I also prefer the two hours parallel session.

Comment by Liya Dejene on June 1, 2012 at 8:34am

Whatever is suitable for you guys!

Comment by zerihunsewunet on June 1, 2012 at 8:28am

Prefer 2 hours Parallel sessions. 

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on June 1, 2012 at 8:22am

Duration of our get-togethers...

Our little inquiry is bringing so far the following results: 

- 1.5 h preferred by Hermella, Fanos, Abeba, Ayele

- 3h preferred by Mekiya, Sacha, Gashaw, Elias

- Doesn't matter: Tigist

The idea of parallel sessions also sounds good to most. 

Where do we go from here? Perhaps 2h and parallel sessions?

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on March 16, 2012 at 10:10am

Folks, don't forget to RSVP our next conversation: 

Hope to see the same group and others join :) This is fun and focused!

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on January 27, 2012 at 11:39am

Notes from first get-together (26 January 2012)

A small but focused group of 14 of us gathered on that day at the information centre of the ILRI campus to:

- Find out who is part of this group;

- Exchange some ideas about recent work in the area of KM/Comms;

- Explore everyone's expectations regarding this group and how we wish to communicate among ourselves.

- Identify some ideas for the next get-together.

Who is part of this group? Participants to this discussion: Gashaw Kebede, Metadel Lemma, Fanos Mekonnen, Liya Dejene, Zerihun Sewunet, Abenet Abowork, Abeba Desta, Bezuwork Mulat, Tigist Endashaw, Fitsum Tesfaye Habtemariam, Mamusha Lemma, Mintesnot Kasa, Tsehay Gashaw, Ewen Le Borgne.

Exchanging ideas: We briefly shared some feedback on a) the ILRI annual partnership and communication meeting which just finished and b) some feedback about the results of the Web2forDev training which had taken place a few months back.

Exploring what we expect from this group: A short brainstorm session in small groups raised the following expectations:

  • Our vision: KM as development and economic driving force for Ethiopia;
  • Value expected from this network: better capacity, motivation, shared knowledge, attracting more people to KM;
  • Having a group of peers: establish a professional association for KM4Dev; creating links and networking with other orgs that work on KM; bring together more KM experts; a professional network and individual contacts; face-to-face meetings;
  • Capacity development:  create capacities to build our own capacity on KM (e.g. use of social media); come up with e-learning facility on specific tools and approaches etc.; Short trainings;
  • Knowledge sharing on ideas, tools and approaches: Sharing experiences and innovate ideas; knowledge sharing with other countries from the global KM4Dev community; sharing and learning platform on KM4Dev tools and approaches; share and have a practical experience on social media tools;
  • Reach out a wider audience and engage local institutions in KM work;
  • Conceptualizing KM for development
  • Convincing about KM for devevlopment: motivate knowledge sharing; offer a platform for advocacy on KM;
  • Activities expected: mentoring, communicating, short trainings, socializing, meetings.
  • Products expected: publications, websites, e-learning; discussion forum.

How we wish to communicate among ourselves:

We listed a few tools we could use and indicated which tools we'd like to use to communicate as a group.The result is the picture below.

We agreed to use this Ning group to inform everyone about upcoming meetings/get-togethers and to report results of the discussions. For ongoing discussions between meetings however we will set up (Liya/Ewen) a Facebook group. We also agreed that this group ought to offer opportunities to try out new tools and we will explore other platforms in the future so this might not be the final set of platforms we use.

Tsehay gave the example of Yammer but the  idea that a KM4DevAA group would be hosted on the ILRI Yammer account felt too biased so we discarded it. 

Next meeting: to be defined but end of April

We agreed that a quarterly get-together would be good. The next one is yet to be planned (Ewen) but will happen again at ILRI, before we perhaps rotate the KM4Dev meetings at different locations. 

On the menu for the next meeting

  • A brief introduction to social media and hands-on session on various social media (Yammer, Twitter, blogs, wikis, delicious, slideshare, FlickR) - Zerihun and Teshay will prepare this);
  • A mapping of all ICT and KM projects in Ethiopia (Metadel and Fanos will prepare this);
  • A conceptual discussion about 'what is knowledge management for development' which Gashaw will prepare.

The tools we feel comfortable using:


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