KM4D Journal

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New call for papers: Uncomfortable truths in international development

The Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The journal is closely related to the KM4Dev community of practice ( This Call for Papers concerns the issue to be published in December 2022. 

Building on the intellectual legacy of critics of colonialism (see, for example, Busia, 1960; Freire, 1996; Mafeje, 1978; Nkrumah, 1961; Okot p’Bitek, 1997; Said, 1979) and on a growing call from within the development sector for a shift in power toward local communities (see, for example, Hodgson, 2019), decolonization of knowledge focuses on dismantling the fundamental inequities of the knowledge system in which coloniality and actual colonization interact with neo-liberal economics to exclude knowledge and knowledge holders from the multiple peripheries of the Global South, First Nations and indigenous communities, Eastern Europe, women and youth. In this discussion, coloniality refers to ‘long-standing patterns of power that emerged as a result of colonialism, but that define culture, labour, intersubjective relations, and knowledge production well beyond the strict limits of colonial administrations’ (Torres 2007: 243). Indeed, there is evidence these exclusionary patterns are becoming further entrenched.

The term ‘decolonization of knowledge’ refers to a group of processes and actions that intentionally dismantle these entrenched, unequal patterns of knowledge creation and use (Cummings, et al., 2021) and is full of ‘complexities, tensions, and paradoxes’ (Oliveira Andreotti et al. 2015: 22). Many academics are engaging with the emerging decolonial agenda (see, for example, Bumpus, 2020; Demeter, 2020; Doharty et al., 2020; Dussell, 2020; Hermida and Meschini, 2017, Istratii and Lewis, 2019; Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2019; Pailey, 2020; Patel, 2020; Rodriguez 2018; Torcigliani et al., 2022, Vince, 2019), and there is a growing number of initiatives which are aiming to match actions to words, including Convivial Thinking, EU COST Action Decolonising Development: Research, Teaching and Practice, Decolonising Research Development in Higher Education, Decolonial Subversions, RealKM Magazine on decolonising knowledge and KM, Working Group Epistemologías del Sur of the Social Sciences Latin American Council (CLACSO), The Decolonial Critique, Decolonising Library and Information Services (LIS), an initiative of one of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the UK-based CILIP, as well as the KM4Dev community.

In this Special Issue, we are aiming to consider both the theory and the praxis of decolonizing knowledge. We will build on the activities already undertaken by KM4Dev, such as the ‘Uncomfortable truths in development’ knowledge café and blogs (Young 2021; Pradhan, 2021; Hendrix-Jenkins, 2021; Cummings, 2021) as well as on the work carried out by other individuals, organizations and networks. We are particularly interested in analyses of how power is shifting or how it should shift, equitable knowledge, and how the unequal patterns of knowledge creation and use can be dismantled. With the aim of mapping a holistic view, potential themes include:

● Theory and praxis related to epistemic injustice.
● Changing power dynamics related to knowledge and knowledge management in international development, for example the status of different types of knowledge and the status of evidence.
● Organizational change discussions related to whose evidence is heard and whose knowledge is prioritized, and decolonization processes, such as ‘internationalization’ processes.
● Perspectives on local knowledge and engaging with knowledge holders, such as women, youth, indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups, inclusively.
● Systems approaches to decolonization of knowledge (see, for example, Cummings et al, 2021).
● New methods of group facilitation and identification of approaches from the Global South for knowledge transfer and retention.
● Technology and decolonization
● Language diversity and decolonization (see, for example, Ramírez-Castañeda, 2020; Amano et al, 2021).
● Coloniality and decolonization of political and social narratives.

If you would like to submit a paper or another type of contribution, please send a short proposal, including the title of your proposed contribution, the type of contribution (paper, case study etc.) and an abstract (minimum one paragraph – maximum one page) by email to:

Submission deadline for title and abstract:1 May 2022
Acceptance/rejection of abstract: 15 May 2022
Submission of full paper: 15 September 2022
Completion of peer-review: 15 October 2022
Submission of final version of paper: 15 November 2022
Publication date: 15 December 2022

For further information about the journal, kindly consult the journal website at:

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts.

Bruce Boyes, Jorge Chavez-Tafur, Sarah Cummings, Peterson Dewah, Charles Dhewa, Srividya Harish, Ann Henrix-Jenkins, Gladys Kemboi, David Ludwig,
Rocio Sanz, Thomas Senaji, Denise Senmartin and Stacey Young
(Guest Editors)



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New call for papers (Sept. 2017) Communities of Practice in development: a relic of the past or sign of the future?

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Comment by Peter J. Bury on May 22, 2021 at 3:13pm

Hi @Sarah and all, true this group hasn't been so active lately. But it is still very much visible and (new) people can and may find it. So why not revive it as one of maybe several places to notify people about Journal developments? And if not, maybe better to make that clear in this group's description, tell people where else they can be kept informed and then eventually close this group. 

What do you all think?


Comment by SarahCummings on May 21, 2021 at 2:44pm

Hi John

This group is not very active, I'm afraid, but the journal is with a new issue out this month.

Kind regards


Comment by John Antill on May 21, 2021 at 2:42pm

There has not been a call for papers in a bit. Is this still being published? 

Comment by Peter J. Bury on February 3, 2020 at 4:51pm

Hi all,

Probably most of us havn't come here anymore since a long long time!

It would be good to keep this group updated, also because it is open to all registered to as far as I can see!

Do you need help?


Comment by Nancy White on April 8, 2015 at 4:28pm

That is great news. As I was looking back across older issues, I kept thinking -- THIS IS AN UNDERUSED RESOURCE!!! 

Do you know what kinds of page views you get per issue/article/overtime? 

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on April 8, 2015 at 7:16am

Wondering how to get access to the Taylor & Francis issues/articles (2009-2012)?

Here's what's planned:

This is a very timely question! We currently have a student volunteer

from Macquarie University, Sydney, who is putting the 3 volumes
(2009-2012) online on the Open Journal System so they will be open
access like the rest of the journal. She has just started - this
weekend - and is working on Volume 5, issue 1. As she gets each issue
online, she will be informing everyone about this. It takes quite a
bit of time to do this - she has to create author accounts by proxy,
submit each individual paper as a proxy for the author, add all the
metadata in three languages, and then change roles to upload final
files and create the issue -  but while she is getting round to volume
6, Nancy, I will send you a PDF of your paper, both parts 1 and 2.

In the meantime, if any of you receive some strange, automatically
generated mails from me - in which you are thanked for submitting a
paper that was published some years ago - it will be part of this
process going on behind the scenes so there is no need to worry. As
author, you will also receive a mail when the issue is online.


The editorial team

Comment by SarahCummings on January 11, 2015 at 9:33pm

Great, will do! Thank you!

Comment by Nancy White on January 11, 2015 at 8:47pm

Sarah, if you send it today, I can do it.

Comment by SarahCummings on January 11, 2015 at 6:39pm

Hi everyone

Is there anyone who would be willing to peer review a paper for the journal on communities of practice? It would need to be done in the next two weeks.

Regards to all


Comment by Peter J. Bury on September 18, 2014 at 10:26am

Thnx for the update Ewen


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