By Shamprasad M. Pujar, Deputy Librarian, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India
The workshop served as a unique platform for sharing, learning and collaboration amongst the intermediaries, from different parts of the world. It broadened the span of group and fostered understanding as regards to each other’s compass of professional activities. The group with its diversity of varied ambient work spheres of the members offered rich opportunities to participants for learning and collaboration.
The workshop promoted various professional attributes such as taking up leadership, campaigning or championing roles in opening/enhancing access to knowledge. It includes exchange of content and promoting each other’s services. It showcased how the group-activity can make a difference in dissemination of information and thus guide the policy/decision makers for the effective implementation of policies.
The success stories and best practices encouraged members to initiate/kick start innovative services for the benefit of policy makers and other members of the group. For example, the Development Research Month of PIDS in Manila and Subject Specific Portals of IDS Knowledge Services. The resolutions made in the first workshop were discussed and some of them were re-drawn to suit to the wider audiences. I am sure; in the future it will become one of the strongest groups, which will make its mark in nook and corners of policy-making establishments.