Western ideas about what type of knowledge is valuable, and what type of knowledge is not, have tended to dominate the development sector. This is still true, even today, as little room is given for the different cultures, languages and knowledge paradigms of developing countries in the South during discussions about knowledge sharing and information management. All of this is having a long-term, detrimental effect on the sector, particularly on those working at the grassroots level. In this respect, Mike Powell’s article ‘Which Knowledge? Whose Reality?’ (2006) represents a long overdue wake-up call. The author explains why, and argues Powell’s case from another perspective.

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