The IKM Emergent website

This IKM blog has been replaced by the IKM Emergent website:

We have kept it online to preserve some of the posts – and because search engines love blogs – but to all extents and purposes it has been replaced by the organisational website.

Public lecture by Robert Chambers

As part of the two day seminar, a Pub

Summaries in French, Spanish and English

Summaries of IKM Working papers in three languages are now availbale on the website’s Programme Documents page. These are long summaries, designed to give detailed insight into the content of the Working Papers for those who do not want to read the whole text. The summaries are listed – and clickable – next to the listing of each Working Paper.

IKM presentations finally available on-line

We have struggled with learning how to make various presentations made for IKM at different events available off our website.  These will not get many marks for the professionalism of their production but at least they work and you can, if you have enough bandwidth, hear what is being said and see the slides.

Knowledges, Dialogue and Translations : shifting the gaze and practice through traducture, Martha Chinouya and Wangui wa Goro talking at the IKM session at the EADI conference, Geneva, June 2008

Reconciling Multiple knowledges: learning from the field, Valerie Brown talking at the IKM session at the EADI conference, Geneva, June 2008

Multiple Knowledges: views from the IKM programme, Mike Powell speaking at the CTA/IKM/ University of Namibia workshop on Knowledge for Development , Windhoek, November 2009

Predictability versus emergence in development

Last year IKM teamed up with some participants in the Bridging the Digital Divide Group of projects and members of the Information Systems Group at the Judge Business School to look at the tensions between desires for predictability and control as against unpredictability and emergence.  This started with a critical look at ICT4D research and then broadened out to consider these issues first in relation to development research and then to development management more generally.  The work is planned to continue this yeat with proposals for a book, being led by Mark Thompson and Ineke Buskens, for involvement in the ICTD 2010 conference, which is being hosted by Royal Holloway in London in December, and possibly, meetings with similar interest groups in other countries.

A summary of where we are with the ideas behind this work is now available here

The report by Adnan Rafiq and Nazish Gulzar on the workshop held to explore these issues in September 2009 is now available as IKM Working Paper no 9

Working papers and workshop on the use of information derived from participatory methodologies.

I am pleased to say that we have finally got IKM Working Papers 6 and 7 onto our web pages.  Apologies for the delay but very good final drafts had been available on the site for some time, which slightly reduced the urgency of publishing the final versions.  Anyway Working Paper 6  Learning from, promoting and using participation: The case of international development organizations in Kenya by Stephen Kirimi and Eliud Wakwabubi and Working Paper 7 How wide are the Ripples? by Hannah Beardon and Kate Newman are now on site.

This work is being followed up by a workshop at which all the authors will be present, which is being organised in London for the middle of March.  Further information can be found here.

Synthesis Report

The half way stage of the programme prompted reflection on a number of levels on what we have done and where the programme is going.  The end result is a Synthesis report, produced in October 2009, which can be downloaded from

IKM Working Paper: Literature review of policy-making as discourse

The fifth IKM Emergent Working Paper Policy-making as discourse: a review of recent knowledge-to-policy literature, written by Harry Jones of Research in Policy and Development (RAPID) and published with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), is online from today. It has been published to coincide with the event Knowledge, policy and power held at ODI at the same time. Continue reading

IKM Working Paper: Bridging knowledge divides

The fourth IKM Working Paper Learning networks for bridging development divides by Laxmi Prasad Pant in now online. The study identifies and characterizes approaches and initiatives to bridging a complex array of knowledge divides in international development, specifically the differences in learning and innovation arising from multiple realities and multiple knowledge of a myriad of stakeholders, from multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations to diaspora communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and destitute local communities. Continue reading

IKM Working Paper: Monitoring and evaluation of knowledge

The third IKM Working Paper Monitoring and evaluation in knowledge management for development by Serafin Talisayon in now online. The paper argues that monitoring and evaluation of knowledge management for development is a subject that is affected by four basic problems:

  • A lack of consensus and clarity in understanding the terms ‘knowledge’ and ‘knowledge management’ (epistemological problem);
  • The complexity arising from multiple actors in development, each with their own different world-views, interests, values, power and development agendas (sociological-politicalproblem);
  • The large variety, as well as gaps, among the approaches and tools for measuring or assessing the magnitude, utilization and impact of use of intangible assets including knowledge (methodological problem); and
  • How to use knowledge to demonstrably create value or other desirable development outcomes (operational problem). Continue reading