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.

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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

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

The first IKM Working Paper

The first in the series of IKM Working Papers, Management of knowledge for development: a meta review and scoping study by Julie E. Ferguson, Kingo Mchombu  and Sarah Cummings has now been published. It is a substantial piece of work which sets out the research framework for the IKM Emergent Working Group 3: Management of knowledge.