Design of and practical experiences with the Learn@WELL knowledge management module


  • Jaap Pels
  • Frank Odhiambo


distance learning, capacity building


Academics, consultants and publishers are pouring out information, both online and in print, on knowledge management (KM). Only an experienced KM practitioner is able to separate fads from applicable information and transform that information into action. KM is essentially about managing activity aimed at improving knowledge-sharing mechanisms and practices in organisational networks or communities of practice (CoPs). This article introduces KM and describes how it is being introduced to partners in WELL (Water and Environmental Health in Developing Countries) through the Learn@WELL KM module. The article provides the rationale for the module and describes the main activities within it. Some KM plans prepared by Southern partners are described.