Good news for KM4D as a formal discipline. Emerging from under the wings of big sisters KM and development science, it is starting to establish itself as a field in its own right. Over the past year, knowledge management for development has been increasingly making its appearance in academia. Various people* are conducting post-doctoral research on various KM4D related topics, which will help generate some in-depth insight into the field. But moreover, KM4D is being taught at undergraduate, graduate and even postgraduate level as a specific course, module, tutorial or lecture. At an academic level, the topic covers a broad array of disciplines – ranging from development studies, geography, medicine, business administration, management studies and cross cutting fields. This may contribute to a new generation of well-informed, broadly oriented young professionals and researchers who have the ability to think out of their academic box, and beyond borders… And should help build up concrete evidence for policymakers and decision-makers, of the added value and importance of knowledge to development. Add to this the multi-level IKM Emergent programme, the KM4D Journal, which has published over 100 contributions since its inception, and we see increasing evidence that a formal scientific domain is slowly emerging from the practice.
Minerva, Auguste Rodin (1905-07)
* [current research being undertaken by Ben Ramamlingam, Lorraine Mancey, Sarah Cummings, Julie Ferguson. Anyone else??? Let us know!]