The 2011 General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) will be held jointly with the UK Development Studies Association (DSA) at York University, UK, from 19th to 22nd September under the title Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty: New values, voices and alliances for increased resilience. Working with other networks and organisations, IKM Emergent is involved in a number of the knowledge-related elements in the conference programme.
Firstly, the EADI Information Management Working Group (IMWG) has organised two panel discussions on Improving access and demand for knowledge in a new era of development: shared values and new alliances, supported by Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) and IKM Emergent. The panels comprise:
Panel 1: Shared values: advocating new approaches to a global development knowledge ecology
This panel will be looking at how linked open information, new open technologies and open standards, and the knowledge commons may have an integrating effect to bring together knowledge from different domains and contexts to solve development problems. Speakers confirmed: Duncan Edwards, IDS; Tim Davies, Co-director of Practical Participation; and Sebastiao Mendonça Ferreira, formerly of Community Innovators Lab, MIT.
Panel 2: New alliances: the role of intermediaries in bridging policy, research and practice
This panel will be exploring the role of information workers (as brokers of knowledge) in stimulating demand and facilitating supply of research knowledge. The session will look at new initiatives to bridge the knowledge divides between the domains of policy, research and practice. Speakers include: Dr Shamprasad Pujar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), India; Dr Ananya Raihan, Development Research Network (D.Net), Bangladesh; Josine Stremmelaar, Hivos.
In addition to the IMWG sessions, there are a number of other panels in which IKM has an interest:
How are digital technologies transforming development?, organised with Parminder Jeet Singh of IT for Change, India
Participatory knowledge building for development: including voices, changing values organised with Isa Baud, Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam and
Translation and traducture: promoting partnerships, building and adding value in international development practice through dialogue, organised by Wangui wa goro, SIDENSI