Welcome to KM4Dev

Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) is a global community of practice of primarily international development practitioners interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing theory, practice and related matters.


This km4dev.org website is powered by Ning. It is our social media community platform, offering you a wide range of interactive options, setup your own page in 'Me' and connect bilaterally or in groups with other community members.


Our main conversation / discussion platform is the KM4dev dgroup. Register here to join our dGroup. 

The KM4Dev wiki is our knowledge repository. It is our working area and a way for us to make our joint work accessible to a wider audience.

KM4Dev ~ Knowledge Management for Development is a global social network


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KM4Dev Knowledge Café

Decolonization of knowledge:

an action plan for KM4Dev!

Upcoming Knowledge Café 22 April


If you enjoyed the series of knowledge cafes carried out in celebration of KM4DEV's 20th anniversary, and the last series of cafes, join us for the fourth cafe of the year on 22 April 2021 at 16.00-17.30 Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Based on previous knowledge cafes and interactions on the KM4Dev discussion list, we will be developing Decolonization of knowledge: an action plan featuring Charles Dhewa, Euphrasia Luseka, Gladys Kemboi, Ginetta Gueli, Sarah Cummings and others. The cafe will be facilitated by Helen Gillman and Jorge Chavez-Tafur. 

Based on previous knowledge cafes, namely Knowledge cafe 11: Uncomfortable truths in development from November 2020 and Knowledge cafe 7: Decolonization of knowledge from July 2020, both available as videos, the session will be an interactive one with action planning on what KM4Dev can do to decolonize knowledge.

You can also consult some of the blogs which were written for Knowledge cafe 11, including: 

We can do better by Stacey Young, 1 February 2021

Committed development workers: you are not alone by Ann Hendrix-Jenkins, 2 December 2020

Sham of dignity and equality in development by Kishor Pradhan, 21 November 2020

Coloniality and wilful hermeneutic ignorance by Sarah Cummings, 20 November 2020

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Knowledge Management for Development (KM4DEV) is a global community of practice of primarily international development practitioners interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing theory, practice and related matters. On 2-3 July 2020, they celebrated their 20 Years Anniversary with 10 online sessions over a 24 hr period. The sessions involved a large number of KM4Dev members around the globe. John Hovell, Donita Volkwijn and I talked at one of these sessions on Conversational Leadership. You can watch the session on YouTubeIf you are interested in all of the sessions you will find them on the KM4DEV YouTube channel. Well done KM4DEV. I love your work.

David Gurteen, 29 July 2020

I realize that it sometimes is not easy to withstand real-life pressure in a field like CoP/facilitation/KM and that a strong and professional community can help us to make up our mind, support us in choosing the path that feels right. Everyone - you know, all your helpful thoughts, comments, sharing of your own personal experiences, references to papers - all this empowers me and supports me in my decision and also energizes and strengthens me in a moment of doubt. I am very happy that I threw my case into this community. Thank you,

Christina Merl, Owner TalkShop.cc

One reason I love the KM4DEV community is it tends to include learning in with KM, to include HOW we learn, WHY we learn, and WHAT we learn.  (Which gets KM more in the lineage of the social sciences, as opposed to solely IT sciences)

Tony Pryor, Senior Programming Advisor USAID/PPL/SPP

The optimal culture for “KM” is exactly as you have in KM4Dev, which is an open inclusive and supportive one. This supports the flow of knowledge and builds trust, but is hard to “measure” (so difficult to write requirements for in a standard format, although I would argue this is more important than anything that can be accurately measured). This is what we were trying to get a greater sense of into the standard, but were not able to get across as strongly as some of us would have liked. However, there are stronger elements of this in the old Australian KM Standard, which we will revive as a supporting guide.

Arthur Shelley, Founder, Intelligent Answers

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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