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The role of knowledge management and information sharing in capacity building for sustainable development : an example from South Africa (English)

This paper investigates the role of knowledge management and information sharing in facilitating integrated development planning in the coastal areas of the Northern Cape, South Africa, and the trans-frontier region with Namibia. The paper describes how the Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST), a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded IWLEARN pilot project, is attempting to aid a collective approach to sustainable development. As DLIST works on the principle of information gathering from a wide range of sources, lessons learned from current initiatives are discussed briefly and recommendations are made for the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg 2002.


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    Mabudafhasi, Rejoice [editor]

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    South Africa,

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    The role of knowledge management and information sharing in capacity building for sustainable development : an example from South Africa

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Mabudafhasi, Rejoice [editor]

The role of knowledge management and information sharing in capacity building for sustainable development : an example from South Africa (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.