From knowledge to ignorance: challenges for development studies in the 21st century

Date: Thursday 29 October 2015
Time: 13:00 to 14:00
Venue: IDS Hub 3 Meeting Room

By Paola Brambilla (BRIDGE Gender Convenor)

How is knowledge produced? What knowledge counts? What power dynamics are at play?

This seminar explored some insights from IKM Emergent Programme, a five year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has recently come to an end. The programme aimed 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.

Mike Powell from IKM Emergent Programme, Kemly Camacho from Sulá Batsú and BRIDGE partner discussant.

About the speakers

Mike Powell is an independent consultant and researcher working on information and knowledge. From 2005 onwards, he has worked on the design, management and writing up of the IKM Emergent Programme, which explored how knowledge is created and used within the international development sector and by the communities with which it works. Previously, Mike trained as an historian and then as a nurse before working on health, development and relief programmes in Latin America, Africa and the North of England.

Kemly Camacho is the general coordinator of Sulá Batsú Cooperativa, a social enterprise based in Costa Rica working in digital technologies for development. She has been a key actor in the IKM Emergent Programme. Kemly is an action-researcher working in topics such as gender and technology, local knowledges, knowledge management , ICT impact evaluation and is also general coordinator for the BRIDGE gender open knowledge platform in Latin America. Kemly is also lecturer at the University of Costa Rica.

Powell’s narrated slide presentation is below: