Communications Unit

The Communications Unit is based in the Nairobi headquarters of the World Agroforestry Centre, but coordinates and supports a much larger communications team located in regional offices. It has six fulltime staff, and a similar number of consultants working with it on a regular basis. Approximately 85% of the Centre's communication staff are located in its regions, working directly with national partners to assist in communicating the impact of the Centre's research and development work in order to help our national partners make better use of agroforestry innovations.

In head office there are four groups within the Communications Unit:

Web Services provides global coordination and development services for the Centre's internet and intranet sites. The development and maintenance of project and regional websites is handled by staff throughout the centre and in its regional offices, but this work is orchestrated and facilitated by the web services group.

Library and Information Services provide reference services for scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre, other CGIAR centres located on the Nairobi campus and national institutions. The main library is located in Nairobi, with additional library facilities in Bogor, Indonesia shared with CIFOR. Smaller collections are located in other regional offices. Approximately 40% of visitors to the main library are from external institutions, so the library plays an important role in strengthening the work of national scientists.

Public Awareness coordinate coverage of the Centre's activities in regional and international media, and manages the content on the Centre's internet and intranet sites. Public awareness activities are increasingly focused around major regional and international events within the Centre's annual calendar.

Publications development and distribution coordinate the development of the Centre's global publication series, and the distribution of these and other publications produced by the Centre. Publications are distributed from the centre's headquarters, and regional offices, and increasingly from external bookshops and online services.

These groups work with colleagues within the regions, and each year a global communication team meeting is held to help coordinate the Centre's strategic communications initiatives.