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Knowledge for Development Center
Rationale. The House of Representatives (HRep) regards knowledge sharing as a tool for development. It has actively supported and directed various activities that not only contributed to the development of new knowledge and creation of new knowledge products but in promoting knowledge sharing among its development partners as well.
As a knowledge-based institution, the HRep has underlined the importance of a pro-active and responsive knowledge sharing strategy to ensure that the legislative and oversight functions of the House are effectively implemented. Towards this end, the HRep has firmed up its engagement with international development agencies to open a new Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) that will give access to development information to institutional clients.
Functions of the KDCs. The KDCs are “centers for knowledge for development” because they provide rich sources of research studies and reports useful for policy-making and legislation. They are user-friendly, easily accessible information centers where government, the private sector, NGOs, development agencies, students, media and the academe can access such information.
Also, they are hubs for policy dialogue that can bring together key stakeholders and experts, and promote awareness and discussion of emerging and critical development issues.
The KDC Network. The KDC is a knowledge sharing partnership between the World Bank and knowledge institutions in the Philippines with the support of other international development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization—Western Pacific Regional Office, United Nations Information Centre and The Asia Foundation.
There are 11 KDCs located in key cities around the country and are managed by partner-universities. A Memorandum of Agreement between the HRep and the World Bank was signed last June 2009 designating the HRep as the 12th KDC in the country—and the only non-academic institution to be given that recognition.
Part of the KDC network is the Bank’s regional library partnership with five institutions including the House of Representatives’ KDC (HRep-KDC). Regional libraries have World Bank publications as part of their library collection.
To complement the KDC MOA with the World Bank, the other international development agencies have committed to support the HRep-KDC through regular shipment of printed materials with full shipping cost subsidy.