Information Management for Development Organisations

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Oxfam, 2003 - Social Science - 294 pages
If information flows well between and within organizations, it empowers people by enabling them to make evidence-based choices; it promotes efficiency; and it enables creativity. Information does not flow well by chance, the process needs to be managed - by everyone concerned. This book introduces tools to analyze how information is used in an organization. It discusses both strategic and practical options for improvements, in the context of the broader information-related changes and debates currently taking place in the world.

This edition covers the major developments in these external debates since the first edition was published in 1998. The aim remains the same: to strengthen the effectiveness of development organizations and their interaction with the communities which they exist to serve. Discussions of knowledge management, capacity building, institutional learning, evaluation and impact assessment, research, information products, and evidence-based work have been added to this edition or considerably extended, together with a number of new case studies.

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About the author (2003)

Mike Powell has worked on rural health programs and emergency program management in Latin America and Africa. He now works in the field of information management with local and international development organizations.

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