Knowledge sharing in Asia-Pacific

An introduction to the ILO's knowledge management strategy in Asia and the Pacific.

The experience and knowledge gained by the ILO are organizational assets which should be safeguarded and used to inform future activities and service constituents."

Strategic Policy Framework for 2006-09 (291st Session of the Governing Body, 4-19 November 2004)

Knowledge matters, and its value increases when it is managed and shared. Effective knowledge management systems help the ILO to maximize the impact of its work and ideas. The ILO’s knowledge sharing strategy for Asia and the Pacific has three primary components:
  1. Strong internal capacity, to:
    - Recognise and collect valuable information and resources
    - Codify and share key lessons and expertise
    - Develop and maintain networks of staff connected to relevant resources
  2. Creation of communities of practices, to:
    - Foster learning and capacity-building
    - Share and leverage relevant resources
    - Connect ILO constituents, stakeholders and partners
  3. Application of ILO expertise, to:
    - Generate timely, evidence-based policy advice
    - Shape regional labour agendas and advocate decent work principles
    - Create demand-responsive tools, methods, approaches and systems

These components strengthen the ILO’s global knowledge management, as required by the 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. Improved knowledge networking was also requested by the ILO’s members In Asia and the Pacific at the 2007 Asian Employment Forum in Beijing, to help them meet the targets of the Asia-Pacific Decent Work Decade.

ILO online information resources:

Communities of Practices