Knowledge in Access in Rural Interconnected Areas Network Phase III: Devolution to the American University of Beirut
This project provides support for the Knowledge Access in Rural Interconnected Areas Network (KariaNet). Phases I and II ran from 2004 to 2013. The goal of Phase III is to mainstream knowledge management and sharing on local food systems to enable rural and agricultural development professionals to improve project performance in the region. About KariaNet KariaNet is a multi-stakeholder partnership between IDRC, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (a specialized United Nations agency), and 10 development projects in the Middle East and North Africa. The network is designed to promote knowledge sharing and improve the development outcomes from research in the Middle East and North Africa. New host, new focus This third phase of funding will support the network's transition to the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit at the American University of Beirut, which began in February 2014. Phase III will shift the focus to sharing knowledge on local food systems. Researchers will explore network management issues by -examining KariaNet's knowledge-sharing needs -building capacity for knowledge sharing -investigating sustainable funding models, including membership or user-pay options The project will provide evidence on how to maintain and build knowledge-sharing capacity for the region's research and development community.