ABCs of KMDecolonising KMKM in international development

KM4Dev Knowledge Cafe: Uncomfortable Truths In Development

This article is part of two series of articles: decolonising KM and KM in international development.

The “Uncomfortable Truths in Development” knowledge cafe was facilitated by the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community on the 19th of November 2020, as a follow-on to the earlier “Decolonization of Knowledge” knowledge cafe.

A video summary of the “Uncomfortable Truths in Development” knowledge cafe can be viewed above.

Additionally, the text of Dr Sarah Cummings’ presentation to the knowledge cafe can be read in a KM4Dev blog post.

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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