Multiple knowledges

On 22-23 October, IKM Emergent held a stimulating workshop, hosted by Healthlink Worldwide, to discuss processes of change within the development sector and the Programme’s draft communications strategy.  At this meeting we discussed the key messages of IKM Emergent and their relationship to the Programme’s overall goal.

IKM Emergent’s overall goal remains the improvement of development practice by promoting change in the way development sector actors approach the selection, management and use of knowledge.  In this workshop, we discussed how to achieve this and the detail of the original plans. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Programme seemed to be its focus on multiple knowledges. What are multiple knowledges?


Mike Powell defines them as:


Multiple knowledges relate to ‘knowledges’ from different disciplines or schools of thought or derived from different learning processes, cultures or world views. They offer a particular challenge for the development sector, given the need to communicate – and often the desire to build consensus – across boundaries of culture, gender, space and status in a historical context of highly unequal power relationships.

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