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ADB In Focus: Communities of Practice (April 2011)

ADB In Focus: Communities of Practice (April 2011)

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ADB-hosted communities of practice should be integrated into its operations to improve development results
ADB-hosted communities of practice should be integrated into its operations to improve development results

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Published by: ADB Knowledge Solutions on Mar 27, 2012
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Communities of Practice
INFOCUS
ADB-hosted communities o practice should be integratedinto its operations to improve development results
CoPs comprise people who share a passionor something they know how to do and whointeract regularly to learn how to do it better. Theunparalleled ability o CoPs to generate and shareknowledge makes them an accepted component o organizational development.CoPs enhance learning and empower peoplein their work. Horizontal and nonhierarchical,they are able to cross-link organizational unitsand organizations. Most comprise a core group,and inner and outer circles, with the core groupmanaging the CoP based on an agreed coordinationmandate, e.g., shaping sector and thematic agendasand developing sta skills.The core group serves as a steering committee,maintains a ormal structure, and meets throughoutthe year. The inner circle may contact the core groupon demand. The outer circle embraces interestedmembers, contributors, and interested parties in aloose network—strengthening eectiveness.
Supporting the role of CoPs
Seeing knowledge as a catalyst or change, ADB’slong-term strategic ramework or 2008–2020
Challenge 
A key challenge or development is how to establish special methods or identiying, creating, storing,sharing, and using the kind o knowledge that is oten unstated.
Strategy 
As a learning organization, ADB must build communities o practice (CoPs), and leverage them eectivelyto improve the quality o its operations. To achieve these goals, the value o its CoPs must continually beenhanced through internal and external learning to beneft their members, ADB, and the developing membercountries it serves.
Response 
ADB will enhance the short- and long-term value o CoPs it hosts. It will also empower them, so they arebetter able to upgrade their members’ and peers’ technical skills, promote the exchange o ideas and goodpractices, link with relevant sector and thematic networks inside and outside ADB, inorm ADB’s operations,and become better drivers o change.
“ADB’s communities of practice are at the heart of its knowledge generation and sharing.The experiences, perspectives, and insights their members offer help ADB lend smarter.” 
—Olivier Serrat, Principal Knowledge Management Specialist
(Strategy 2020) compels us to assess and meetdeveloping member countries’ need to deliverknowledge solutions. Strategy 2020 calls onADB’s knowledge to be continuously enrichedthrough internal learning rom operationalexperience and CoPs, and external learning romstrategic partnerships.Knowledge generation and sharing enableADB-hosted CoPs to
•inuencedevelopmentoutcomesbyholding
greater and better inormed dialogue;
•promoteinnovativeapproachestoaddress
specifc development challenges;
•develop,capture,andtransfergoodpracticeson
specifc topics by stimulating active sharing o knowledge;
•linkdiversegroupsofpractitionersfromdifferent
disciplines with ADB’s organizational structure;
•serveasanongoinglearningvenueformembers
(and outside practitioners) who share similargoals, interests, problems, and approaches; and
•respondrapidlytoinquiriesfrommembers
 and ADB audiences, clients, and partners.
 ADB’s Strategy 2020
meeting the needs o Asiaand the PacifcStrategic Direction
 
•
Inclusive Economic Growth
•
EnvironmentallySustainable Growth
•
Regional Integration
Drivers o Change
•
Private Sector
•
Good Governance
•
Gender Equity
•
Knowledge Solutions
•
Partnerships
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www.adb.org/Strategy2020/

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