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 Lawrence E. Hiner, III on March 21, 2012 at 6:54pm

Two weeks seems reasonable; urgent without being critical...

Comment by Regi Adams on March 21, 2012 at 5:40pm

I think two weeks is a good period of time.

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 3:01pm

Dear Regi and Lawrence, so what would seem a reasonable conversation period after the have read date ?

One week? Two weeks?

I'd go for two weeks, but I'm flexible, Peter

Comment by Lawrence E. Hiner, III on March 21, 2012 at 2:53pm

Like Regi, I agree that a date frame for comments is good - beginning and ending.  So, if there is a "window" for comments from the date of issue/posting until the next issue (or something like that), there is a sense of urgency for the discussion and keeps it from dragging. Not that someone could not comment or read the posts after the "closing" date; but the discussion could stay time-focused and more likely to elicit participation.

Comment by Regi Adams on March 21, 2012 at 1:08pm

I think a target date is good. It can mark the commencement of conversation regarding the journal article. Discussing the article within the indivdiual article entry would be convenient.

Comment by Nancy White on March 21, 2012 at 12:51pm

I will be traveling, so I can't take a lead on this Sarah. And Peter, I think your suggestion of a date is terrific, but I'm not sure, however, everyone who expressed interest from the DGroups list has 'arrived' yet, so if you all finalize a start date, please post it to that list. This first time it make take a bit of support and encouragement for those not yet on Ning.

 For this round, I leave it to y'all! I'll be mostly offline through April 4 (and yes, this is my evil way to encourage other members to take up bits of leadership here and there and move outwards from core group dependence! :-)  )

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:53am

Okay, so we start with the starter article (in the resources section | just scroll up here on this page till you see the resources block above)  ''Making innovation systems work in practice"

I could have read it say by Saturday evening (CET).

Where will we chat? Here? Or rather following the link of the article above and then in the chat box below the article? Seems to make more sense to me! 

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:47am

I see that I cannot edit an earlier post :-( Feels primitive after having become used to Google+ ! One day we will switch over ;-)

I meant to refer to Ewen's post of last friday (not dated yet, another weird characteristic of Ning chat.

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:45am

To respond to Ewen (his post dated 20120315 below).

Today I can see 

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2011


I can also see 

What about you?

Ik keep finding the sites (why two  different ones?) pretty confusing, never knowing if I see the latest issue or not. Never clear if I should login or not.

Actually on the I seem not to be able to login!?

On one doesn't seem to have to login.

Can someone explain this? And update our wiki pages with a roadmap on using the websites of the KM4Dev journal? Thanks! 

Comment by SarahCummings on March 20, 2012 at 3:32pm

The starter article is the resource above ''Making innovation systems work in practice". I think a ''please be ready'' date is a good idea. When would you suggest, Nancy? This article was your suggestion, Melissa, how would you like to go about this?


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