Progress to date of the IKM Emergent Research Programme: synthesis, understandings and lessons learned


  • Sarah Cummings
  • Mike Powell


knowledge managment, development studies, research, programme, IKM Emergent, EADI


This article reviews the progress to date of the Emergent Issues in Information and Knowledge Management and International Development as it approaches its last year in 2011. Programme activities in terms of articulating specific issues, constructing a narrative and engaging more widely with the development sector are reviewed. What we have learned from the programme?s activities in terms of key signposts are described: multiple knowledges; knowledge landscapes and the bridges between them; the importance of local content; implications of non-linearity; critiques of research for development; and the need to handle multiple knowledges. In a number of text boxes, different groups of work are described in more detail.


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