Knowledge Note

"Learn why harnessing Knowledge Management is critical toward the GEF meeting its sustainable development objectives."

Maximizing global environmental benefits, and delivering transformational change at scale requires the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to ensure that it makes full and effective use of the knowledge and learning it has accumulated from its previous investments, and applying that to its current and future projects.

Knowledge Management (KM) is the systematic management of an organization’s cumulative knowledge and experience, i.e., its knowledge assets. Its proper use is invaluable for meeting an organization’s operational and strategic objectives, by ensuring that what the organization already knows is applied to future actions. However, KM, often treated as an afterthought and as lacking relevance for operations, is a severely underutilized resource for most organizations.

This report - authored by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) - outlines the science of knowledge management, why knowledge management is important to the GEF, and recommends how the GEF may incorporate focal aspects of knowledge management best practices within its organization and projects. The STAP is an independent group of global scientists who advise the Global Environmental Facility. To read more about the STAP, please click here. To read more about the GEF, please click here.