Welcome to KM4Dev

Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches.

Our main communication forum is the

KM4dev Dgroup.

Register here to join the discussion, or - if with poor internet accesss - send a blank email to: join.km4dev-l@dgroups.org

This Ning site is our community site - along with our knowledge repository http://wiki.km4dev.org - where all knowledge management enthusiasts and development practitioners are connected. Please feel free to join this site, but remember the main discussion takes place on the km4dev-l on dGroups. Now also with a web interface.

KM4Dev ~ Knowledge Management for Development is a global social network


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Harvesting from KM4Dev Seattle - Communities of Practice

This is just a quick share - nothing tidied up and wrapped with a bow yet. I just wanted to get something out quickly:

Posted by Nancy White on April 9, 2017 at 7:59pm

Day 2 "K4D Global Partnership Conference" 4th April, Geneva 2017

Text by Melba Alvarez Pagella, IFAD. Twitter @Alvarez_Pagella

Photos, edition and coordiination by Cesar Robles, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Twitter @cesarroblesb

The second day of the K4D Conference opened with Session 5, featuring presentations from a multistakeholder perspective by representatives of the World Economic Forum, the DiploFoundation, the World Bank, CREEC and K4D in Uganda, and Knowledge for Development without Borders.

In Session 6, best practices in cross-sectoral knowledge management were presented as follows: the United Nations Development Programme on the Arab Knowledge Project; the Dubai Police on integrated knowledge management approach at the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates; REEP on the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group; the European Commission on capacity for development; the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification on the capacity-building marketplace and the last presentation was delivered by the Chair of Dgroups Foundation.…


Posted by Cesar Omar Robles Barragan on April 5, 2017 at 5:44pm

Day 1 of the 'Knowledge for Development Global Partnership Conference'

Text by Melba Alvarez Pagella, IFAD. Twitter @Alvarez_Pagella

Photos and edition by Cesar Robles, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Twitter @cesarroblesb

The Global K4D Conference kicked off the first day, 3 April 2017, with opening remarks by high-level representatives of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Permanent Representatives to the UN from the United Arab Emirates and Austria, and a knowledge ecologist who spoke on behalf of Knowledge Management Austria (KMA) and KM4Dev Community. It was highlighted that the Conference is a multi-stakeholder partnership for knowledge in the world and that effective knowledge management is vital for success.

In the first Session, two flagship documents were introduced. First, the Joint Inspection Unit launched its 2016 Report of the “Knowledge Management in the United Nations System,” which highlights best practices and recommendations. The second document, the “Agenda Knowledge for Development” was presented by Andreas Brandner, from KMA. This Agenda brings a new and integrated view on the challenges and opportunities related to knowledge and provides orientation to all stakeholders in the field of development. After this session, the inauguration of the Knowledge for Development Partnership was celebrated in the presence of the global K4D Community with alphorns playing.



Posted by Cesar Omar Robles Barragan on April 4, 2017 at 12:30am

Seattle KM4dev Workshop

Are you a KM4dev practitioner interested in sharing practical experiences around Communities of Practice? Do you want to learn about a value-creation framework to articulate the benefits of your CoP?

Please join us at the Seattle KM4dev Workshop on April 6-7, 2017!

Click here for information
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KM4Dev & K4D Conference in Geneva

KM4Dev meets Sunday 2 April 2017

follow & contribute @ #km4dev2017geneva

more info & registration on wiki 


Knowledge for Development Global Partnership Conference 3-4 April 2017

follow & contribute #k4d2017geneva

more info & obligatory (!) registration on wiki


Please also register your intended way of participation [online or on site] to both events here, this allows us to plan required capacity, thanks!


Join the dedicated dGroup on practicals and content of both events


Understanding Leader-ful Activities Over-Time in KM4Dev 4 Replies

*Take part in this moderated discussion from Wednesday, March 8, 2017-Friday, March 17, 2017.*March 8, 2017Hi Everyone-Leadership or leader-ful activities within an online space, such as KM4Dev, can be a difficult thing to define. Leadership is…Continue

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Started by Melissa Bator in Communities and networks: Communities of Practices. Last reply by Melissa Bator Mar 17.

About KM4Dev : lets profit from Melissa's good work

Join the conversation here about what KM4Dev is all about, should be about, and how we can continue on the path of permanent learning!Continue

Tags: conversations, about, KM4Dev

Started by Peter J. Bury in Communities and networks: Communities of Practices Mar 16.

Best Knowledge Management Platform 2 Replies


Started by Nancy Alexander in Knowledge Management. Last reply by Nancy Alexander Mar 16.

What KM4Dev members say...

I started lurking in this group since the ELDIS workshop at IDS September 2016. Thanks to everyone because I am learning a lot just following the conversation. I work at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, involved in communication / knowledge brokering. I am also working (over the weekends) on my PhD in which I am exploring the role of communication in facilitating change through research. The digital turn is an important part of my research. I wrote a piece on the ELDIS workshop Winds of Change. Thanks again and best wishes!

Patricia Canto, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness

"I will also be in Vienna, October 15th 2016, and hoping to meet you and understand more fully your work. I am a long-time learner on and admirer of KM4Dev. Great minds! "                                    

Diana Woolis, Carey Institute for Global Good

"I feel so moved by all the positive reactions I received every day since I posted my request. Just as if I have numerous secret hidden friends ready to give a hand ! It's a feeling not easy to express ; the kind of strength you sense when you're not alone and that makes you dare and never afraid of taking new challenges... merci beaucoup."       

Yennenga Kompaoré, Performances, Burkina Faso

"I’m proud of being part of this collaborative community.  Thank you all." 

Marcelo Yamada, Promon Engenharia, Brasil

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