Part V: Collaboration with networks and organisations

IKM2 will aim to continue interaction with the following networks and organisations:

EADI Not only is EADI the institutional home of IKM1, it has also given IKM1 access to its academic networks and events, such as the General Conferences, which have been important opportunities for interacting with the sector. It is also an association that plays an important role in bridging the domains of academia, practice and policy in the development sector, particularly in Europe. A number of the research lines for IKM2 which have been set out above will also open possibilities for renewing more detailed interaction with the Information Management Working Group, particularly where they relate to importance of information and knowledge practice, and preservation of the documentary record.

Hivos There has been much interaction between IKM1 and Hivos, for example one staff member of Hivos is a member of the IKM Steering Group, and Hivos and IKM have been working together on a number of activities related to bridging development and knowledge divides. Hivos remains an organisation of considerable interest because of its pioneering role in the area of knowledge but also because of its innovative ICT- activities related to freedom of expression.

CTA CTA and IKM, together with the University of Namibia, were organisers of the international workshop in Namibia in 2009. CTA is one of the most important organisations worldwide in terms of information and knowledge for development with an important role in its African, Caribbean and Pacific partner countries.

KM4Dev The Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community of more than 1000 practitioners and academics has had important links with IKM: many members of IKM are also members of KM4Dev; and there have been joint meetings and a number of other joint activities. We would argue that KM4Dev is a home for many of the positive deviants in information and knowledge management for development. In addition, Ferreira (2009) argues that KM4Dev represents the ‘new enlightenment’ and is an important source of programmatic innovation for development.

CARE CARE is the largest NGO in the world. It will also be the institutional location of the experiment on the implications of IKM’s findings for development practice.

Other organisations with which IKM should develop closer collaboration comprise: PAMFORK, the University of Namibia, BOND – the UK’s NGO membership organisation, and ICT4Change. More detail about these organisations will be added in the next version of the proposal.