a global community
Today we had a fascinating Open Space conference with a great turn out of members from the KM4Dev community.
As you can see, many different topics were discussed and there was also much room for discussions between these breakout sessions.
One of the discussions during the first session was on impacts and indicators - an especially interesting question considering the SDGs were designed without any real consideration of indicators. It was also stressed that the way in which feedback on these indicators is collected is complicated and needs closer examination. Building on this, a later discussion brought up the way we need to re-conceptualise impacts. We should not look at one book or one programme and hope to see impacts there, but it should be an appraisal of a process which builds towards improvement.
There were also many discussions about the way in which KM4Dev members have been trying to interact with the local dimensions of their work. Is it about needs? And, if so, who highlights these needs? What is the role of local languages and dialects in these interactions? How do we avoid making the same mistakes?
A lot of emphasis appeared to be on trust and dialogue - trying to discover how to have these conversations in a constructive, inclusive manner and feeling like there was some measurable success.