KM4D Journal

This is a place where latest news of the KM4D Journal is available but also where we also have discussions of articles. The journal can be found on the journal website here.

Members: 114
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2022

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)



COVID-19: Vaccine Education Program & Counter Misinformation, Disinformation & Malinformation launched through Community Radio in Bangladesh

COVID-19: Vaccine Education Program & Counter Misinformation,…Continue

Started by AHM Bazlur Rahman Feb 7, 2021.

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

Background information and call for papersThe Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and…Continue

Tags: practice, of, communities, CoPs, journal

Started by Ewen Le Borgne Apr 23, 2017.

Evolution and future of the knowledge commons: emerging opportunities and challenges for less developed societies

Sebastião Ferreira (2012) Evolution and future of the knowledge commons: emergingopportunities and challenges for less developed societies. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol. 8, Nos.…Continue

Started by SarahCummings Dec 15, 2016.

Call for papers for September 2016 issue of KM4D journal: Knowledge for disability inclusive development

This Special Issue on disability inclusive development will be published in September 2016. The Guest Editors particularly encourage submissions from researchers, practitioners, policymakers and…Continue

Started by SarahCummings Dec 18, 2015.

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of KM4D Journal to add comments!

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on September 14, 2014 at 2:33pm


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 7:07pm

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 10:02am


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 3:13pm

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!!!

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on February 6, 2013 at 6:29am


No, it should be free. All T&F copies become freely available after 3 years. I'll email you the articles from that issue if you want.

Sarah - could you check with T&F please - or highlight us on this case?



Comment by Nancy White on February 6, 2013 at 5:19am

Hiya -- I just got a request for an article from the Sept 2010 issue. I saw from above it was free, but upon checking, it is not free. Was that temporarily free? Thanks


Comment by Lawrence E. Hiner, III on December 14, 2012 at 4:34pm

@Liah - if you still need articles on KM in hospitals, I suggest visiting and requesting that info - Ron Webb has a goodly amount of free material in addition to their subscription-based information services.

Comment by Peter J. Bury on December 14, 2012 at 12:55pm

This page says "also where we also have discussions of articles."

Suggestion: maybe we should make the discussions more prominent. Not sure how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion?

Should we start a next article discussion once we made these discussions more prominent? Let us know here on the Comment Wall.

Comment by Peter J. Bury on December 14, 2012 at 12:53pm

Sarah, maybe you should update the box containing the information about

"September 2010 issue of the KM4D Journal is currently free online " ?

Comment by Liah Machara on September 5, 2012 at 11:17am

hi...if someone come across an article on KM in Hospitals can you please post it asap


Donate !

We all get a great deal out of our engagement in KM4Dev. Maybe you would be happy to express appreciation through a regular voluntary contribution. Crowd funding works! 

background and info



note if the donate link above does not work for you, click here on donate! and at the bottom of that page click on the donate logo



© 2024       Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service