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New call for papers: Facilitation for development. Concepts, practices and approaches to share, learn and improve outcomes for societal development, based in the experience of knowledge management for development practitioners.

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 (


Volume 11, Issue No. 1 is slated to be published May 2015.  Guest editors include:

Blane Harvey, Camilo Villa, Endro Catur, Ewen Le Borgne, Hannah Jasmin Suministrado, Linda Morris, Lucie Lamoureux, Pete Cranston, Philipp Grunewald, Rituu Nanda, Simone Staiger.


Facilitation for development

Development in urban and rural communities and in society as a whole deals with incredibly complex issues and wicked problems. Dealing with those requires people to understand, think and act together. It relies increasingly on people that are capable to connect and empathise with each other, learn and innovate together, apply solutions and assess the results to determine future actions.  


Knowledge management for development practitioners have been emphasizing the need to deal with complexity and have explored how best to facilitate the interaction of people engaged in complex processes. As facilitators they help to bring about outcomes, such as learning, co-production, or communication, by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision.

Facilitating societal development, in this sense, calls for a practice that engages participants of a development process and supports the achievements of their vision, desired results and impact. Therefore, facilitation is increasingly focused on longer term, multi-stakeholder and multi-channel processes. These are likely to have a deeper influence on the groups of people that are brought together in such facilitated initiatives and, hopefully, a greater impact on the desired outcomes.


Facilitation deals with collective reflection and participatory decision-making and learning, processes that are key to securing the impact, sustainability and growth of an initiative. In a sense, facilitators are like alchemists. They create the appropriate blend of tools, choreography, learning triggers and focus to create opportunities for rich learning experiences and robust project outcomes. One challenge of the increasing demand for facilitation “services” (whether provided in-house or by external consultants) is to design group processes that serve all participants, and that lead to decisions that can be accepted and followed upon by all.


Facilitation means connecting face-to-face and virtually, as we grow increasingly wary of our carbon footprints. It means looking at ways to bring conversations to ever-wider audiences, and to enable joined-up thinking online. The capacity to ‘facilitate’ learning and knowledge management, both at the individual and group level, offline and online, is changing from the traditional era of long face-to-face training workshops. In this sense, facilitation has become much more central as the participants’ demands and needs (pull) have become more important than pushing information down. Engagement, interaction, collective (even social) learning are becoming the new grail of networked societies.


This Special Issue

Facilitation is central to achieving development outcomes. Practitioners continue to adapt processes and practices as they pursue those outcomes.  This special issue of the KM4D Journal builds on the December 2013 issue  (‘Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics’) although it focuses less on multi-stakeholder processes specifically. Explicitly, this special issue will highlight how facilitating KM and learning in development work is changing, looking at issues such as:

  • The conceptual foundations of traditional event facilitation and how these foundations are evolving as the practices and needs have evolved;
  • The transitions from face-to-face to blended and purely virtual facilitation;
  • How the methodologies, approaches and tools of facilitation are evolving to cater to the increased need for engagement, interaction, learning, and shared decision-making both face-to-face and online;
  • The new dynamics of facilitation from single event ‘islands’ to ongoing learning journeys, and the work that this entails ‘between the meetings’;
  • How event facilitation is therefore increasingly meshing in with process facilitation and the facilitation of multiple stakeholders (although as explained above we will not focus on the latter);
  • How facilitation capacity is increasingly distributed among participants occupying different, new roles, for example, social reporting, and how development processes are being re-shaped with those new forms of contribution to group thinking;
  • How to develop such capacities in this period when there is, arguably, less money available for development work and that available time is also getting scarcer (i.e. people have less time to train/coach and get trained/coached). An important element of this topic will be alternative approaches to building such capacities, for example MOOCs or on-the-job peer assists; and
  • Where facilitation is likely to lead and what trends one can anticipate in this field.


Your contribution

This Special Issue will include articles, case studies and other contributions (see author guidelines for a full list of possible contributions). Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcome in the Special Issue. The Guest Editors would like to encourage contributions using a broad range of perspectives, and methods.


We particularly seek contributions that look at the following elements:

  • The HOW of facilitation - what facilitation approach was adopted, or what was the role of the facilitator(s)/facilitation.
  • How facilitation accommodated/embraced/dealt with complexity, change, uncertainty, diversity, emergence.

Contributions can further focus on any level (from grassroots to international) and on any geographical location within developing countries. We invite practitioners and academics to submit, in the first instance, an abstract of their proposed contribution.


Submission of abstracts and papers

We welcome articles, case studies, thought pieces, publication reviews, short stories, KM4Dev Community Notes, life stories, debates, letters and annotated bibliographies from both academics and practitioners.


The schedule of the submission and review process leading to publication is below. If you would like to submit a paper, or be actively involved in this initiative in any other way, please submit your abstract (minimum one paragraph – maximum one page) online on the Knowledge Management for Development Journal site.


If you have any question about this specific call for papers please send an email to (please include “Facilitation Issue” in the title of your email).


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


Guidelines for authors are available on the journal’s website:


Submission deadline for the title and abstract


Acceptance of paper proposal


Submission of paper


Peer-review completed


Final version of paper submitted


Publication date

May 2015


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December 2014 issue of journal now online

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Comment by Nancy White on April 8, 2015 at 10:28am

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 1:16am

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 4:33pm

Great, will do! Thank you!

Comment by Nancy White on January 11, 2015 at 3:47pm

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

Comment by SarahCummings on January 11, 2015 at 1:39pm

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 4:26am

Thnx for the update Ewen

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on September 14, 2014 at 8:33am


Authors of issue 11.1 on facilitation - that the notification about abstracts being approved or not is likely to be sent out on friday 19 september instead of monday 15 september.

Thank you for your understanding,


Ewen Le Borgne, on behalf of the guest editorial team

Comment by Denise Senmartin on July 7, 2014 at 1:07pm

Special Latin American Edition of KM4Dev Journal is out!

We are happy to announce the publication of the 2014 Special Edition in Spanish and Portuguese of the KM4Dev Journal. Please check it out here and help us disseminating it!
We are grateful for the collaboration during the process of all authors, guest editors, and peer reviewers for making it possible and for trusting their ideas, experiences and propositions to the Journal. 
Just click and enjoy this open access issue covering KM4Dev experiences in Latin America, with eight articles in Spanish and one in Portuguese. 
Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on April 4, 2014 at 4:02am


Hello all,

Just some updates about the KM for Development Journal - and some opportunities for you to come up with interesting topics for upcoming issues and articles...
Past issues:
- The current issue (December 2013) is about 'Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes (balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics)'
- The previous issue (September 2013) was about 'Breaking the boundaries to knowledge integration: society meets science within knowledge management for development'
Upcoming issues:
- The May 2014 issue will be in Spanish and is in the final stages now. Read more about it here.
- The September 2014 issue will be about 'Africa' and lots of articles are on their way already. Read more about this issue here.
- The December 2014 issue will be non-thematic, so any article is welcome for this.
- The May 2015 issue will be about 'facilitation' and the editors are currently unpacking how to give this more focus and how to structure this issue. More news about this in the future. The call for papers is expected some time after the summer.
- The other two issues of 2015 are not planned yet so...
How to get involved and propose topics and articles?
For the December 2014, September 2015 and December 2015 issues, any article is welcome. But crucially also, if you have any suggestion re: a possible thematic focus for the September (or December) 2015 issue, you're welcome to share it here and see if anyone would be interested. One of those 2 issues will remain non-thematic (to accommodate other articles that don't fit in a specific 'theme') but the other is up for grabs - so feel free to HAVE A GO :)
More information about the journal:
The official journal page (with past issues, guidelines for authors and editors etc.) is available at:
You can always check our wiki page for the latest information on upcoming issues: 
And have a great weekend!
Ewen Le Borgne, on behalf of the KM for D journal editorial team... 
Comment by Nancy White on February 6, 2013 at 10:13am

Thanks, Ewen. The person inquiring wants copies of Part 1 and Part two of the communities and networks articles I did. And silly me, I never keep author copies ... nor even track what I write. This may be a lesson!!!


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