KADO believes that today’s global economy is in transition to a knowledge based economy in which knowledge resources such as know-how, expertise and intellectual property are more critical than traditional economic resources like land, capital and other natural resources. KM generally comprises a range of practices used to identify, create, represent, and distribute knowledge. While the term is mostly used for managing knowledge within an organization.
KADO’s knowledge management program has a greater external focus as its main objective is to help the local communities in KADOs target areas to develop and thrive with the help of knowledge.
The knowledge management component is successfully implementing the below projects.
Media is playing a pivotal role in knowledge creation and dissemination as well as in creating awareness among people regarding critical issues. The local cable network in Hunza has coverage of about 60% of the households with an increasing trend in Central Hunza and other main towns. This is the cheapest and easy way to reach a large number of communities within a short period of time.
KADO has trained 35 youth (30% females) in script writing, cinematography, production management and other related field through highly qualified professionals from National Colleges of Arts, Lahore. The training aimed at to develop and strengthen potential local media groups to work for the documentation, promotion and dissemination of cultural heritage and create awareness about different development issues by using local cable networks.This training resulted in formation of two different independent media groups with the name of ‘Divaako Productions’ in Central Hunza and “Nerew Productions” in Upper Hunza. The Production units are being used to provide and attain quality information regarding all social, economic and development aspects of life of individuals and to harness a collective vision for the better future of the area and society.
Divaako Productions develops and telecasts programmes in local Burushaski language through a local cable channel “Sujo Hunzo”. Similarly, Nerewproductions develop and broadcasts different programmes in local Wakhi languages.
These efforts have led to develop local technical skills and capacities in media and media related industry (which is on boom in Pakistan) to create income and employment for youth and to provide information to all citizens/people on variety of areas.
The Production units have developed about 10 documentaries on different themes and also made coverage of 20 different local, regional and international programmes. The teams have started talk shows, interviews, docu-dramas and other programmes in education, health, culture and heritages, development issues, indigenous knowledge, oral traditions and many other issues in local languages.
The duration of broadcasting programmes through “Sujo Hunzo” is initially about 2 hours from 9 pm to 11 pm daily.
KKH is a multidisciplinary, quarterly published, development journal aimed at to disseminate rigorous research manuscripts and scholarly works, on different aspects of the high Asia Mountains and its people, as an impetus towards a knowledge-based mountain society. The journal seeks to be a catalyst for the indigenous people of the high Asia mountain regions to conduct multidisciplinary research works and disseminate it for the evolution of mountain specific knowledge.
The journal publishes original researches, theoretical papers, review articles, lessons learnt in development interventions, success stories on social, economical, environmental, geographical, cultural, technological aspects of mountain communities living around the Pamir region. Priority is given to indigenous materials and manuscripts having a strong local connection.
The project aimed at to develop a comprehensive, centralized, rigorous and consolidated statistical database of Hunza valley in order to facilitate the development practitioners, researchers, policy makers, students and other relevant stakeholders for balanced and informed decisions, plans and development.
KADO initiated the door-to-door household survey of more than 7,000 households in Hunza valley during August 2007 which was finally completed during 2008. The survey covered about 30 different main socio-economic indicators/sectors. About 149 (male 41, female 108) trained enumerators, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides from the 45 highly scattered villages of Hunza valley were involved in the process.
The most important aspect of this system is the interactive Visual Baisc 6.0 , MS-Access and SPSS-based (Statistical Software for Social Sciences) software which stores and manipulates the data for better reporting purposes. KADO is now working to process the information and make available to different stakeholders at different levels.
HIS is expected to play a central role in developing social capital, sharing and acquiring knowledge, and stimulating innovation through effective management of local information.