ABCs of KMDecolonising knowledge & KM

Video recording and materials from KM4Dev Knowledge Café 16: Decolonization of knowledge, an Action Plan

KM4Dev Knowledge Café 16 and KM4Dev’s fifth knowledge cafe of 2021 looked into the topic of decolonisation of knowledge and an action plan for KM4Dev in a specific session for Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It was expertly organised and facilitated by Svrividya Harish, Pier Andrea Pirani, Gladys Kemboi, Ginetta Gueli, and Sarah Cummings, and featured Navid Nezafati and me as presenters.

As the video above shows, the Knowledge Café was very interesting and insightful. Collectively, the participants came up with a range of good ideas about what we can do as individuals and as KM4Dev to decolonise knowledge.

Navid Nezafati spoke about the journey in Iran to localize knowledge management. He advised that setting up geography-specific models and approaches is critical to the decolonisation agenda.

Responding to Navid, Lata Nararyanaswamy talked about the need to look at both knowledge and knowledge management (as a practice) through a slightly different lens, and understand and challenge how power and intersectionality are mediated and expressed in development knowledge systems. Importantly, Lata brought the “gender lens” to the conversation.

I then shared my ideas in regard to what KM4Dev and RealKM can do to further the agenda of decolonising knowledge. These ideas are discussed and listed in an article.

Further decolonisation resources

Videos of previous KM4Dev Knowledge Cafés

Articles and blogs

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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (, and a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and project management professional. He is a PhD candidate in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and Research, and holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. His expertise and experience includes knowledge management (KM), environmental management, project management, stakeholder engagement, teaching and training, communications, research, and writing and editing. 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, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee an award-winning $77.4 million western Sydney river recovery program, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support the sustainable management of landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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