I’m Ian Thorpe (not the swimmer), and I’m currently working in UNICEF as Chief of the Learning and Knowledge Exchange team.
I’m facing a particular challenge which is that while we regularly speak about the importance of evidence and knowledge in our work, our systems, tools and practices are not well set up to share knowledge internally and externally in the way we need them to be.
The UN (as with many other aid/development organizations) is under a lot of pressure for funding and so we have very limited resources to be able to make the kind of fundamental changes we need to fulfill our vision.
This blog will be about my experiences as we try to overcome some of these obstacles as we try to meet the high expectations on us with little more than our limited staff time (and whatever we are able to beg, steal and borrow). I might also make the occasional digression into good donorship and aid effectiveness since these are two topics that I’m also passionate about.
I’m also a father of three, living in the suburbs of New York City.
Disclaimer: While this blog relates to my work, the views expressed here are my own, and don’t necessarily reflect those of my employer.
KM on a dollar a day by Ian Thorpe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.