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The Jena Declaration supports multiple knowledges, multi-stakeholder processes, and local knowledge in sustainable development

This article is part of an ongoing series of articles on KM in international development.

In numerous RealKM Magazine articles, we’ve presented research and analysis that supports multiple knowledges, multi-stakeholder processes, and local knowledge1,2 in sustainable development.

This includes a growing evidence base supporting:

Reflecting this evidence base, The Jena Declaration calls for the stimulation of more culturally-sensitive policies and programs to enhance, promote, and facilitate the grass roots movements that lie at the heart of mobilization towards attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ten points of the The Jena Declaration very much align with the Knowledge Development Goals of the Agenda Knowledge for Development3, which provides an integrated approach to knowledge-related challenges that directly influence the achievement of the SDGs.

The Jena Declaration was adopted in March 2021, and formally launched at a kick-off event on 9 September 2021 (which can be watched in the video above). The Declaration continues work begun at the “Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability” conference, held in Jena, Germany in October 2020.

Since its adoption, the Declaration has been endorsed by a considerable number of international organizations and initiatives in the fields of science, arts, and economics, all striving to promote sustainable development through a culturally-sensitive bottom-up approach.

For further information, and to co-sign or endorse the Declaration, please visit The Jena Declaration website.


  1. Cummings, S., Regeer, B. J., Ho, W. W., & Zweekhorst, M. B. (2013). Proposing a fifth generation of knowledge management for development: investigating convergence between knowledge management for development and transdisciplinary research. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9(2), 10-36.
  2. Cummings, S., Kiwanuka, S., Gillman, H., & Regeer, B. (2018). The future of knowledge brokering, perspectives from a generational framework of knowledge management for international development. Information Development,
  3. Brandner, A., & Cummings, S. (Eds.) (2018). Agenda Knowledge for Development: Strengthening Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, Third Edition. Knowledge for Development Partnership.
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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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