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Welcome to IKM Emergent

Welcome to the IKM Emergent Website. Like the programme it is part of, it aims to explore, through multiple lenses and a variety of perspectives, what information and knowledges are used in the international development sector, how they are expressed, handled and received, and the possibilities for change if we are to make best use of emerging informational developments in the way we understand our work and communicate with others.

For further information about IKM Emergent and what it has produced, see '<a href="About the programme">About the programme</a>' or <a href=";>Programme Documents</a>.

For everything else this is a working website. Even now that the programme has outlived its funded life, the site will continue to grow, providing news of the programme and its work and related issues as well as occasional new material. Likewise, the <a href=";>Programme workspace</a> remains available as an area in which new work can be collaboratively produced. We have struggled with the visualisation of the site which was originally developed in Java. We hope to reconstitute it using more universally available software and current semantic data standards in the coming months

What's new

Welcome to 2017

Although financial support for this work has long finsihed, many of us who were involved in this work remain active around these issues and continue to work together as and when we can. In particular a number of us have been writing new material inspired by our involvement in the programme. We plan to publish some this this formally later in the year but in the mean time we are interested in sharing earlier drafts and engaging with others interested in similar lines of work. We hope to start posting this from late January from the Work in Progress page.


Some of us most involved in IKM have set up a membership based, not for profit company called Emergent Works Ltd. Later in the year, this company will take over the maintenance of this site, upgrade the software and, hopefully, find new visualisation software to offer a topic map of our work (the previous software we used is no longer supported).  We apologise if, in the meantime, some links appear with their accompanying code.  They should still work, but this is one of the gremlins we hope to get rid of.


IKM Panel at <a href=";>EADI 2014 General Conference</a>

IKM participants Kemly Camacho, Sarah Cummings and Mike Powell will team up with John Akude and, hopefully, a lively audience to discuss <a href="140625-write_up.pdf" class="internal" title="140625-write up.pdf">The Continuing Problems with Development Knowledge: what may be done</a>. The panel is scheduled for 11.00 AM on Wednesday 25th June, 2014.

IKM Emergent Final Narrative Report Published

In our experience, all funded programmes, however unconventional, have to produce a final report. IKM Emergent was no exception. We chose to use <a href=";>ours</a> to try and identify the main areas in which we - to the extent that participants in the programme can be seen as a group - think differently about development as a result of its work and to reflect on how we tried to work to a different rhythm too. As such, albeit in the language of a formal report, it foreshadows many of the issues which will be explored in much more graphic detail in our (still forthcoming) books.

What is happening with IKM Emergent?

The programme's initial stage - and its funding - came to an end in February 2012.  Since then time has been spent polishing the final pieces of work most of which have now been published and can be found through the links on the <a href="Documents">Documents</a> page. A  <a href=";>Newsletter</a>, covering the final months of the programme was also produced in the summer.

The programme's content is also making a significant contribution to four books which are currently in development and all are likely to be published next year.  IKM's partner, Sidensi, is working on a collection of papers, edited by Wangui wa Goro, based on the  <a href=";>Lost and Found in Traducture Conference</a> held in May 2011. Another collection of writings, provisionally entitled 'The Spirit and not the Letter: Towards a human space for development', being edited by Ineke Buskens, Matt Smith and Mark Thompson explores methods which enable recognition of and continuing alignment with original intent throughout the complex and emergent realities of development programmes.

IKM is also working on two books it intends to publish itself. One, written by Michael David and Kemly Camacho describes and theorises what the programme has learnt about local knowledge processes and their potential connection to more formal development interventions. The other, being written by programme directors Mike Powell and Sarah Cummings, will attempt to sum up what the programme as a whole has learnt about the multiple connections between knowledges and development, within the context of changing worlds, over the life of the programme.

We will keep you informed with progress on all of the above as and when it comes about. As for what happens next, we have had some ideas on how to take this collaboration forward but experience has taught us that our current ideas will change as we go through a process of reflecting on and writing up all that has happened within and around the programme. We would also hope the publications themselves will stimulate further discussions and the creation of new contacts and ideas. We therefore still intend to work towards an IKM 2, but hope and believe that it will be possible to have a richer collective discussion as to what this might involve once the current work has been completed.

Practice Based Change Workshop

<a href=";>The Workshop Report</a> written by Hannah Beardon is now available. Background documents, including a <a href=";>paper</a> , 'Emergent struggles: Local activism and the 'Equal and Fair Wage' campaigns in the Janakpur area, Nepal' by Michael Drinkwater and Diana Wu can be found in <a href=";>Workspace 9</a>


'Knowledge Platforms'

Dutch development policy is being re-shaped in response to a report, 'Less Pretension, More Ambition'  by WRR, the Scientific Council for Government Policy, which was published in English in 2010.  The report and the response calls for greater geographic and thematic focus and for a far more knowledge-based approach for which, at least in the report, the importance of detailed local knowledge over time is emphasised.  In late 2011 a 'knowledge letter' was presented to the Dutch parliament outlining the steps being taken in relation to knowledge and to research in response to the report.  As far as we know IKM is the only programme looking at knowledge management within the development sector funded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry and the report and the response to it cover issues which have been at the heart of IKM's work over the last five years.  As such we feel well able to offer what we hope is a constructive <a href=";>response</a> to the proposals.


Visual Notes

As part of our experimentation with different ways of presenting ideas, we asked artist and graphic facilitator Roberta Faulhaber to produce a visual representation of a panel we helped to organise at the EADI conference in York in September 2011. The two session panel was entitled panel 'Participatory Knowledge Building for Development, Changing Values: experience of participatory knowledge building processes'. Details of the panel are available <a href=";>here.</a> The visual notes themselves are in large files which take some bandwidth to see - these are the notes for <a href=";>Session 1</a> and these for <a href=";>Session 2</a>. Roberta also developed the notes in the form of a <a href=";>Prezi.</a>  These might be easier to access. We apologise for the delay in posting these notes.

IKM Evaluation 2 The final (for the time being) evaluation summary of the programme is available <a href=";>here</a>


IKM Evaluation

How do you evaluate knowledge-based work?  How do you evaluate non-linear and emergent processes?  These questions are central to the idea of development as a process of mutual learning and co-creation of knowledge amonst all stakeholders involved, whilst also being a process which should, for both political and  financial reasons, be accountable in the public domain.  They are also very relevant to IKM in the more practical sense of it being a funded programme with an obligation to be evaluated.  Chris Mowles of Red Kite Partners and Anita Gurumurthy of <a href=";>IT for Change</a> have been accompanying us as evaluators throughout most of the programme's life.  The <a href=";>Fourth IKM Evaluation Report (2011)</a> is their most in-depth report to date. It covers the period up to the end of the fourth year of the programme.  A final, summary report will offer a briefer and more up to date overview of progress up to the end of 2011.


ICT in Development

IKM has been increasingly critical of the impact of ICT use within the development sector. We argue that it has mainly been applied to make the organisations which were already 'information rich' even richer and that there has been very little investment in creating valuable local information spaces, which might enable and empower local decision making.  As changes linked to the emerging Web 3 gather force, we think new approaches are urgently needed. IKM Working Paper no 16, ‘ICT for or against development? An introduction to the ongoing case of Web 3.0’, written by Mike Powell, Tim Davies and Keisha Taylor is intended to explore these issues. It is still in final draft stage but a summary of its argument is available <a href=";>here</a>.


Newsletter, September 2011

The most recent newsletter, covering forthcoming events and current work, can be found <a href=";>here</a>. (Wed, 14 September 2011)

Workshop on Practice-based Change planned for 29-20 November 2011 London, UK

IKM is in the process of organising a workshop on Practice-Based Change, with CARE International, which will include reflection on the practical implications of the multiple strands of IKM’s work to date for development operations and their management, as well as inviting ideas from other sources. To find out more about the workshop, please see the announcement <a href=";>here</a>. (Mon 12 September 2011)

Two new papers on monitoring and evaluation of knowledge

Two new papers on monitoring and evaluation of knowledge management for development were published in August 2011. The first IKM Working Paper No 12 <a href=";>Monitoring and evaluating development as a knowledge industry: ideas in current practice</a> has been written by Simon Hearn, Ewen Leborgne and Valerie A. Brown. It offers an overview of the field of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of KM4D and where it might be heading. It has summaries in <a href=";>‎English</a>, <a href="‎‎&quot;>French</a> and <a href="‎‎&quot;>Spanish</a>. The second IKM Working Paper No 13 <a href=";>Monitoring and evaluating development as a knowledge ecology: ideas for new collective practices</a> by Ewen Leborgne, Simon Hearn and Valerie A. Brown proposes a collective enquiry approach as a possible way forward. Summaries in <a href=";>‎English</a>, <a href="‎‎&quot;>French</a> and <a href="‎‎&quot;>Spanish</a> (Mon 12 September 2011)


Exploring the relationship between knowledges, development and management

On 6 May 2011, Mike Powell made a presentation to the Knowledge Management Impact Challenge (KMIC) unconference in Washington DC. The presentation is available <a href=";>here</a>. The IKM Emeregnet entry to the KMIC, <a href=";>Evaluation of the IKM Emergent Research Programme: taking a complexity perspective to evaluation</a> was rated as one of the <a href=";>top finalists</a> in the competition by a team of external experts. (Mon, 9 May 2011)

IKM Update

The March 2011 <a href=";>IKM Update</a> is now available. (Wed, 2 March 2011)

IKM Leaflet

The new version of the <a href=";>‎IKM leaflet</a>, produced in December 2010. It provides an overview of the programme's core arguments and activities.

As well as its various research outputs, the programme is discussing with practitioners the implications of its work for innovation in daily programme management. It is trying to do this through posing a series of challenging questions which were posed for the first time in this leaflet. These challenging questions include:
• How do you communicate with the local communities you aim to support? What work is done in the relevant (local) languages? How can such work be supported?
• How do local knowledges influence your work at local level? How do you support and value their role in underpinning capacity for locally led development?
• Can your procedures for planning, process management, monitoring and evaluation recognise and adapt to unpredictability and emergence?
• What alternatives exist to assessment based on compliance with pre-existing plans? If flexibility is to be welcomed, how can accountability to both donors and affected communities be assured?
• What information do you make available about your programme work? How do you try to make it accessible and useful to other development practitioners? (Wed, 26 Jan 2011)

Linked Open Information for Development - 2

The <a href=";>Draft Report</a> from the workshop is now available. It is planned to produce two forward looking working papers based on this material - one about the implications for the development information environment, the other reflecting on the processes involved in creating and using such information - in early 2011 (Mon, 13 December 2010)

Linked Open Information for Development

On 15th and 16th November,IKM organised a workshop to discuss both the positive and negative potential of the widespread adoption of linked, open information within the development sector. Discussion continued at the Open Government Data Camp in London later in the week. A full report of the workshop will be published soon and followed by working papers considering both technical and development policy aspects of the subject. In the meantime, this <a href=";>IKM Discussion Note</a> is intended to provide a brief explanation of what linked open information is and why it might matter. (Wed, 24 November 2010)


New on other websites

Our reflections on the content of the Programme

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Our reflections on the process

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Other related resources

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