The Knowledge Gateway supports virtual knowledge networking in and among countries across the world.
The knowledge management strategy supporting the use of the Knowledge Gateway fosters the sharing and exchange of knowledge and improved access to information and resource materials to inform and transform practice.
The Knowledge Gateway is an electronic communication platform that connects people working in health and development through virtual networks and online discussions to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange and improved access to and use of information, resource materials and tools.
The Knowledge Gateway has the capacity to support language-specific virtual networks in French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Ukranian.
This low-resolution online platform was developed by WHO/RHR and IBP partners in 2004. It is now the largest and most popular electronic virtual networking platform in the health and development sectors. It has become a corporate tool of WHO, and technology and knowledge management methodologies are shared with other organizations that can customize and brand their own virtual networks. The Knowledge Gateway is used by over 300,000 health and development professionals in every country of the world. It reaches a reproductive health community of over 18,000 people.
By the end of 2011 the IBP Secretariat and IBP partners had supported 55 Global Discussion Forums reaching a wide range of participants from many countries.
Popular Reproductive Health Communities
Global Discussion Forums
Each global discussion forum is topic-specific and undertaken within a specified timeframe. Participants are encouraged to add their voices to the discussion by sharing their opinions, knowledge and experience. All participants receive a daily digest of the discussion and all contributions are acknowledged. Guest speakers act as a catalyst during the discussion forum by preparing a commentary on each day’s discussion.
At the end of the discussion forum the daily digests are summarized into a paper that is fed back to the virtual community and can be used to inform policy and practice discussions. All discussion forums go beyond a meeting by reaching out to engage a much wider and diverse audience in a process of sharing their knowledge, experience and resource materials.
The Knowledge Gateway offers:
- Free access to the largest virtual communication platform in health and development.
- Online communities that can be branded and customized.
- Communication by email with links to virtual workspaces, libraries and discussion boards.
- Automatically archived e-mails and documents.
- Real-time, virtual support to establish and manage communities.
- No server down-time and secure data storage.
- No spam.
See our “How to Guides”:
- How to Guide: Organize and manage a virtual online discussion forum
- How to Guide: Organize and manage a video conference