On sustainability and knowledge management: ENTRi Conference on April 11-12

Pictures: Konstantin Börner


ENTRi's Dialogue on Sustainability and Knowledge Management, organized by the ENTRi Secretariat and ZIF in Berlin on 11-12 April 2019 was held back to back with ENTRi stakeholder meetings on the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) and training recognition systems. It brought together subject matter experts from the European Union (Commission and the European External Action Service), the United Nations (Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Department of Peace Operations (DPO)), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and European training institutes.

Organizations and consortia dealing with learning tools, lessons identified, good practice reports and knowledge management have often invested significant time as well as personal and financial resources to prepare such. They have produced them not as an end in itself, but rather to hand knowledge over and help others to learn and grow. However, once the projects close down, staff turns over or funding ends, those products or repositories often struggle to survive (i.e. are not updated, cannot easily be found online). The ENTRi seminar therefore looked into ways to safeguard sustainability and its participants brainstormed and formulated recommendations for the future.

The dialogue was opened by Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi, Executive Director of ZIF (left), Silva Lauffer, Head of the ENTRi Secretariat (right), Birgit Loeser, Chief of Staff of CPCC - EEAS (center), and the European Commission.