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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Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 31, 2012 at 5:41pm

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Please join us here

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 27, 2012 at 9:17am

Thanks Melissa for taking the facilitation lead here! I suggest that now it is time to move over to the article page.

We may have to use a calendar (as in event on this Ning?) to clearly indicate what we have decided in terms of:

1. start reading till reading deadline xyz

2. deadline xyz is start of discussion, though I'd say if people with to contribute earlier that is fine too

3. a pre-announced deadline for the end of the "official" conversation, though of course, noone can be stopped to keep contributing

4. if it makes sense: a pre-announced date on which a summary of the conversation will be posted: where? Here seems to make sense, or archived in a KM4Dev journal conversations repository on the KM4Dev wiki?

Comment by Melissa Bator on March 24, 2012 at 5:56pm

Summarizing the threads below, here is how I understand how this first conversation will emerge:

1. As people read the article please feel free to post your initial reactions on the page where the article is posted (under the resources section above click the article title and post comments on that web page's comment wall). For example, I will post why I chose this article, as Sarah suggested.

2. Starting 4 April, I will synthesize people's initial reactions and pose a question that will start off our discussion.

3. How long should our conversation "officially" last? I suggest 2 weeks-1 month, in order to accommodate those who travel frequently who may be interested in participating.

Comment by Nancy White on March 22, 2012 at 7:41pm

Just a little technical note. I changed the settings on the NING site today so when people post here, the email alert contains the FULL TEXT of the message. I believe this will help the journal club discussion be easier to participate in. YAY!

Comment by SarahCummings on March 22, 2012 at 7:28pm

Hi everyone, there is also a discussion on the page under resource itself but it's only 3 entries... 4 March as a start date - if I understand that rightly? - sounds great but I'd suggest that, if we want, we could each prepare feedback on our reaction to the article as a first thing to share, prior to the discussion. It would also be interesting, Melissa, if you'd tell why you chose that particular article.

Comment by Regi Adams on March 22, 2012 at 3:42pm

April 4 sounds good. To Lawrence's earlier point a conversation in the location of the posted documented would be great. Perhaps an announcment here alerting members to  the ensuing conversation will be good. It will help make people aware and promote the dialogue.

Comment by Claudia Michel on March 22, 2012 at 2:10pm

Great if you can moderate our talk, Melissa, many thanks. I would suggest that we start the discussion in a week (29/03) to give us (me!) a bit of time to read the article and then have a discussion until 12/04. If we start right now, some people might not be able to join. Looking forward to this!

Comment by Lawrence E. Hiner, III on March 21, 2012 at 11:12pm

Does this comment wall allow multiple threads, or will it all get jumbled together?  If the latter, then the conversation about the article might be better had on that page.

Comment by Lawrence E. Hiner, III on March 21, 2012 at 11:10pm

I would suggest the threaded conversation take place as "close" to the virtual document as possible, whether that be through the tool there or a link to the document here.

Comment by Melissa Bator on March 21, 2012 at 10:53pm

Ok, so 2 weeks from today is Wednesday, April 4.  Can we set that as our official conversation start date? I am just throwing this out there, as my initial attempt at volunteering to moderate this conversation. I could post an initial question or starter thought that day to get the conversation rolling.

Logistically, I noticed that when you click on the article title in the resources section (above) you are brought to a different page (where the article is posted) and a different space for a conversation thread. Where should we host this conversation--this page, or the comment wall where the article is posted?


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