KM4Dev for Africa

The group invites wider community in KM4Dev to contribute to the debate on challenges and opportunities that focuses on African development. We continue to explore innovative practices in sectors of agriculture, education etc with focus on ICT4 dev.

Members: 139
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2022

K4D Global Partnership Conference & KM4DEV Open space

Dear Collegues,

The recent KM4DEV space in Geneva was inspiring and very educative.

I thank most sincerely the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and other technical people who volunteered for their technical support b and success of the event. We will continue to refer and use the knowledge shared in this conference for sometime to come.

I will continue to encourage my colleagues from the south of fhe globe, mainly in Africa to forge partnerships in the area of KM4DEV and in areas that may have positive impact to the lives of the people. 

Dean Mulozi

Lusaka, Zambia


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Comment by Marc Lepage on November 29, 2011 at 9:58am

I'm setting up a space for KM4Dev Dakar. stay tuned

Comment by Carl Jackson on October 7, 2011 at 9:46am
Comment by Patrick Cardiff on August 10, 2011 at 2:24pm

I would like to reintroduce this debate about traditions.

Please do not dismiss me just because I am Western.  If you disagree it may mean that I am wrong (and I would appreciate you telling me why), or it may mean that you misinterpreted what I so ineloquantly tried to say, or it may be something else.  In all senses, let me give you my opinion: unless development policies can be applied correctly they will not work.

Consider pastoralists and consider the present drought in the Horn.  Is it right to keep allowing people to come to the brink of death because they are not willing, not able, or not quickly able, to increase their own agricultural stock? 

I think saying "let the Turkana (for example) alone, they have subsisted for centuries" is giving them a death sentence.  It may mean that if they take up agriculture over a long time that's a different kind of cultural loss, and a loss of tradition, but at least it saves people from dying, not to mention the betterment that self-sufficiency brings to their way of life.

I am totally against tradition when it causes people to die for no other reason.  I am for life when it means even keeping humans alive through the loss of tradition.

Comment by Shepherd Mulwanda on August 10, 2011 at 9:11am

Hello all am now back fulltime on this page sharing for development


Comment by Patrick Cardiff on July 6, 2011 at 4:27pm


I think your contribution regarding individual cases and generalities is an extremely important one, and I am not patronizing you.  The fact is, we need to find out for ourselves what we can, in order to make any inference.  I am paid to make inferences, it's my job, I have to do it.  Rationally, when a case repeats itself, I have to conclude that this is the way it OFTEN is, and I might even predict that it will happen again.  But I constantly have to watch myself to see whether I am concluding something based on preference (bias) or based on data.  I hope you were not referring to me when you referred to "people that fight so hard to use bad stereotypes."  I am against stereotyping, and I have made my life's work trying to avoid improper conclusions from data.  I am assuming that this is how you make conclusions as well.


I am not sure what the reference to "sad angry child, forest monkeys" is?

Comment by Patrick Cardiff on July 5, 2011 at 7:43pm

I write about my opinions from generalities which some people call stereotypes.  To deny that some generalities are true is to make an error.  We say tribalism was associated with the Rwanda/Burundi genocide, for example.  Is not tribalism a traditional thing?  To have peace it is sometimes necessary to fight against tradition. 

I go outside on a clear day and look up and I say "blue" sky.  Most people call the sky blue.  Some people call the sky some other color.  It is my experience which names the thing.  I start from there.  It is what I have, and it is truth for me. 

Comment by Patrick Cardiff on July 5, 2011 at 5:53pm

I've just given KM4Dev for Africa it's 30th member!

My daughter's geography book for grade 5 says there are "two Africas" 1) North Africa with its Arabic influence and 2) East & South Africa with its colonial past. Maybe that is all teachers in the US expect 11 year olds to remember.  Of course Dad knows the situation is much more complicated than that.

I lived in Cairo for two years and in Tanzania for 4 years.  I still believe humanity's salvation will come from Africa.  This is no way religious.  I mean that the diversity of the continent and the way Africans use resources will result eventually in PEACE for the planet.  I believe that from difficulties come the best practices. 

One of the problems I still see with the people of Africa is this deference to people with power.  I see people abusing power by forgetting their neighbors.  The most obvious time this happens is when people confuse having money with having something they do not have - like knowledge or importance.  Tradition has really harmed Africa's development in many ways.  Women's place is subsidiary.  Old customs to not fade away quickly.  These are my opinions, and you can disagree.

Comment by Dean Mulozi on April 25, 2011 at 10:19pm

Dear members of the group,

We are moving towards the middle of the group and as you can recall we had the last activity during the first quater 2011.

If you have some interesting topic or ideas we can share, you are welcome to send to the group.

In Africa we have witnessed a number of events and activities happening in and outside Africa in the area of politics, commerce, natural disasters etc. these events have had an effect on the lives of many African countries.

But knowledge management empowers us to share and learn from each other.

Let us hear each others voices,


Best of you all,



Comment by Balaba Peter on February 24, 2011 at 7:19pm
Indeed farmers should be allocated time on Community Radio  at least once or twice  in a week.
Comment by Dean Mulozi on February 2, 2011 at 9:14am

Hi Karen,

Sorry for late response.


Farm radio programmes are very important in dessimination of information for agricultural development. The community radios are more important as they are community located and involve farmers in progamming and they are closer. Farm radio programmes are more important as they give opportunities to farmers to share  their expriences and participate in radio programming. So farm radio programmes helps  farmers to interact among themselves and increases knowledge sharing among themselves and this is critical for improved and better farming practices techniques.

Involving farmers in radio programming will give extension officers and public service providers with information on the needs of the farmers so as to improve their services and linkages with farmers.  This will also constantly improve programming for the benefit of the farmers.  


I hope these few ideas will help escalate others to chip in.




Dean Mulozi

SATNET & Connect Africa,

Lusaka, Zambia





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