KM4D Journal

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New call for papers: Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly!

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 2015, Volume 11, Issue 3.



There have been some recent efforts to predict the future on knowledge management for development, the field (KM4D) and the community (KM4Dev). One such effort has been the Envisioning Km4Dev Futures 2013-2014, funded by International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) which featured a series of projects looking at the future of KM4Dev.[i][ii]  Others have encouraged KM4Dev to take a transformational path such as Valerie Brown’s work on transformational science (Brown and Harris 2013), to focus on KM4Dev as the ‘new Enlightenment’ (Ferreira 2009) or to explore the link between KM4D and transdisciplinary research, and use this to make predictions about the future of KM4Dev (Cummings et al, 2013).

On the private sector side, we regularly see scoping views on where KM is headed, what the ‘next big thing’ is, and what internal and external forces will cause the discipline to shape itself over the coming years. Similarly, it would be interesting to hear what this community thinks about the future KM4D field trends.


This issue

In this issue, we would like you to use your experience and imagination to write about where you would see KM4D or KM4Dev in the future, or where you fear it might be going. You can focus on a field of practice, such as facilitationcommunities of practice or evaluation, or on a theme or sector, such as KM4D related to big datafood and nutrition security,agriculture and rural development or ICTs, or covering local, regional or continental perspectives. Or you can try to cover the whole field, linking it to predictions about the state of development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, or of knowledge management. Technological predictions for our field are also welcome. Contributions can cover emerging trends, technologies, political developments, organisational aspects, etc. We hope to see a rich range of contributions, including a combination of personal reflections and papers. We would also like to encourage those involved in the KM4Dev Futures project to share their reflections and insights.


Submission of abstracts and papers
We welcome articles, case studies, thought pieces, publication reviews, short stories, KM4Dev Community Notes, life stories, debates, letters and annotated bibliographies from both academics and practitioners. Literary contributions – such as poems, stories or metaphors – would also be welcome. Contributions are welcome in English, French and Spanish.

The submission and review process leading to publication is explained below, together with a schedule. If you would like to submit a paper, or be actively involved in this initiative in any other way, please send your abstract (minimum one paragraph – maximum one page) or your message by e-mail to before 3 July 2015 (please include ‘Future Issue’ in the title of your email).

Guidelines for authors are available on the KM4Dev wiki in English, French and Spanish:




Submission deadline for the title and abstract                        3 July 2015

Acceptance/rejection of proposal                                            10 July 2015

Full contribution due                                                              15 September 2015

Peer review completed                                                            15 October 2015

Final versions submitted                                                         15 November 2015

Publication of the issue                                                           December 2015                                                                                           




Kemly Camacho, Pete Cranston, Sarah Cummings, Charles Dhewa,
Ivan Kulis and Nancy White

Guest Editors, Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly!


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

Joining the KM4Dev Journal article conversation?

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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