Information Africa Organization e-workshops, 2020 to date
The year 2020 began on a high in Kenya; celebrations were held and everyone set their resolutions on what to achieve in the course of the year. Incidentally, a number of those aspirations required one form of capacity building or another. However, come March 2020, the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country with the numbers escalating with each passing day and eventually COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. This new situation impacted the rollout of capacity building initiatives in Kenya and across the globe; information and knowledge management capacity building programs were not left behind. Face-to-face interactions proved unrealistic citing the COVID-19 protocols given the Government of Kenya. In July, we, as Information Africa Organization (IAO), came to the reality that COVID-19 was here to stay and we needed to adapt to the “new normal”. This formed the genesis of the e-workshops for exchange of knowledge, networking and generally to keep the Knowledge Management and Information Professionals alive. The first e-workshop was held in July 2020 and to date (April 2022), we have held 21 themed e-workshops.