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23 October 2016 Press statement
At the Global Knowledge for Development Summit, held in Vienna, Austria, on 14 October 2016, the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community was presented with the international, annual Knowledge Management Award. Since 2009, the Knowledge Management Award has been presented to outstanding individual and organisational pioneers in the field of knowledge management and the knowledge society. Although the award has previously only been given to individuals and organisations – the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was the recipient in 2015 - this was the first time that the award has been presented to a community. KM4Dev is honoured to stand alongside previous award winners including UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the World Bank, the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA), Prof. Ursula Hendrich Schneider, Dr. Charles Savage, Prof. Stefan Güldenberg, Prof. Nico Stehr, Prof. Klaus North, and Dr. Angelika Mittelmann. KM4Dev would especially like to thank the Knowledge Management Austria for inaugurating this international award and for recognising our accomplishments. Some 15 members of KM4Dev were in Vienna to receive the award.
As a voluntary, self-governing community, KM4Dev’s over four thousand members come together - at least digitally - from every continent in the world to continue learning about knowledge management issues and approaches in support of international and knowledge development in all its diversity. Since the year 2000, the KM4Dev community has reflected upon, responded to and influenced the evolving landscape of knowledge management practice in the field of international development. It relies on the enthusiasm of individual members. As our colleague, Sebastiao Ferriera Mendoca, has written: KM4Dev is ‘global network of development agents who share the idea that knowledge can contribute to the development of poor countries and groups in a disadvantaged situation’, playing the role of a ‘cognitive bridge’...’with a high level of efficiency, providing reliable answers to development agents on a daily basis, almost in real time, and at very low cost.’ We remain committed to reflecting on and learning from our own practice as a community. One aspect of this is the allied Knowledge Management for Development Journal, launched in 2005 by volunteers and still going strong.
Over the years, KM4Dev has benefited from the encouragement and support of organisations such as Bellanet, the International Development Research Council (IDRC), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ICCO, and Helvetas. We are grateful to the Dgroups Foundation for ongoing support to the e-mail platform.
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