sTEp 2.3. iDENTiFy THE mOsT AppROpRiATE KNOWLEDGE
Which individuals or groups have the most relevant and
transferable knowledge and experience to share?
Do they have the resources and capacity to share it?
Having the right knowledge providers is key to a successful knowledge
exchange. Knowledge providers can be individuals, groups, or institu-
tions hailing from the private, public, or civil sectors. Knowledge pro-
viders can come from the same country or region, or from somewhere
completely different. In many instances, the roles of knowledge provid-
ers and knowledge recipients are not very distinct. Some knowledge
exchange instruments are designed speciﬁcally for this mutual learning
and knowledge sharing. This is addressed in greater detail in Step 3.
When selecting knowledge providers, consider whether they can claim
Demonstrated success in effectively addressing similar development
Relevant experience in providing this knowledge, receiving delega-
tions, and applying the proposed knowledge exchange methods (See
Available resources that the proposed institution(s) can mobilize to plan
and implement the knowledge exchange in the proposed timeframe
Readiness to deliver, as evidenced by conﬁrmed commitment and a
clear distribution of responsibilities
Prior relationships between proposed delegations in the knowledge-
provider and knowledge-receiving institutions, groups, or individuals
Understanding of potential logistical issues and risks, such as how
to address language issues, potential travel challenges, and so on
As in participant selection, try to ﬁnd a good mix of knowledge providers
that can share different perspectives on the issue. You want to expose
participants to many points of view, to allow them to see how something
has worked at all levels, including operational, social, and political.