ABCs of KMDecolonising KM

KM4Dev Knowledge Cafe: Decolonization of Knowledge

This article is part of a series of articles on decolonising KM.

As I’ve previously discussed in RealKM Magazine, the decolonisation of knowledge and knowledge management (KM) are significant emerging issues for the KM community.

Because of this, I was very pleased to be invited to participate in the “Decolonization of Knowledge” knowledge cafe facilitated by the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community on the 25th of June 2020. This cafe was the last in a series of knowledge cafes leading up to KM4Dev’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

A video summary of the knowledge cafe can be viewed above. The video includes both the cafe presentations and a brief summary of the ideas proposed in the breakout rooms.

In the knowledge cafe, I was very honoured to be able to present alongside Charles Dhewa, Managing Director of Knowledge Transfer Africa. I’ve greatly admired Charles’ work on African knowledge systems, and have been pleased to publish his perspectives here in RealKM Magazine Following our presentations, smaller groups discussed key questions in breakout rooms.

Following on from the knowledge cafe, I’m now looking forward to working with KM4Dev on the KM4Dev Decolonisation Action Plan.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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