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In the know: Development not developing | Climate Policy Radar | Thinking Other-wise

In the know is a regular roundup of knowledge management (KM) topics of discussion and the articles, events, videos, and podcasts that are grabbing the attention of KM experts across our community.

Development not developing

In the first part of a new Propel blog series, titled Development not developing1, Sarah Abdelatif puts forward thought-provoking perspectives on the future of international development.

She advises that, in the blog series, she doesn’t want to contribute another piece revisiting what is wrong. Instead, she wants to highlight initiatives that give hope, zooming in on key challenges, but mostly focusing on highlighting inspiring ideas for direction, always through the lens of knowledge.

In doing so, she references the work of RealKM’s Bruce Boyes and KM4Dev’s Sarah Cummings, in particular the current RealKM-KM4Dev-K4DP knowledge management and Sustainable Development Goals campaign.

With thanks to Sarah Abdelatif on LinkedIn.

Climate Policy Radar

The RealKM Magazine Introduction to knowledge graphs series highlights the importance of knowledge graphs in knowledge management, and their role in artificial intelligence.

Dr Barbara Fillip advises that now she is more aware of their potential, she regularly comes across new examples of organizations using knowledge graphs to address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-related challenges. For example Climate Policy Radar which is a recipient of support from the Google GenAI accelerator program2.

With thanks to Dr Barbara Fillip on LinkedIn.

Thinking Other-wise

The Main Issue 2023 of Decolonial Subversions journal is now available, titled “Thinking Other-wise: Decoloniality and the Global Racial Order” and edited by Ibtisam M. Abujad.

In the editorial for the issue3, Ibtisam M. Abujad calls for “Other-wise” thinking in regard to top-down hierarchical colonial “othering” logics, stating that:

Culture as thing, reified as property and not as process, creates divides between a modern, knowing peoples and an Other who is traditional, backward, and savage … Culture, in other words, was exclusive and produced a hierarchy of supremacy/degradation or superiority/inferiority … thinking Other-wise begins with the act of unmasking—uncovering how colonial logics become classificatory and ordering.

With thanks to Dr Romina Istratii on LinkedIn.


  1. Abdelatif, S. (2024, May 2). Development matters // Knowledge matters, Part 1: Development not developing. Propel.
  2. Lewin, A. (2024, March 28). 21 nonprofits join our first generative AI accelerator. The Keyword.
  3. Abujad, I. M. (2023). Thinking Other-wise: Decoloniality and the Global Racial Order (Editorial). Decolonial Subversions, 4, 1-20.
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