KM4D Journal

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Updated: 22 May 2017


The Knowledge Management for Development Journal is a peer-reviewed, community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and policymakers - and is closely related to the KM4Dev community. ISSN: 1947-4199 (Print, if available), 1871-6342 (Online)


The journal publishes research papers, case studies, interviews, stories and 'community notes' which have a knowledge management component and relate to international development. Development in this specific context relates to such topics as aid/assistance to developing countries, international cooperation and poverty alleviation. Examples of relevant sub-sectors include health, agriculture, education, gender empowerment, policy issues, and so forth.


The journal is concerned with the role of knowledge in development processes. This might include knowledge management within an organisation, from small community-based organisations to large multilateral ones; knowledge process with the grassroots; and description and analysis of knowledge networks. The journal also aims to promote cross-fertilisation with other fields and, in particular, to provide a platform to share information on approaches that throw light on the development sector-wide knowledge system. By challenging current assumptions and promoting cross-fertilisation, the journal seeks to stimulate new thinking and to shape future ways of working.

The journal features three issues each year: in May, September and December.


  • This journal (years 2005-2008 and 2013 onwards) is available on the Open Journal System at: http://journal.km4dev.org/
  • Since the beginning of 2013, the journal is available in three language interfaces:

English http://journal.km4dev.org/en
French http://journal.km4dev.org/fr
Spanish http://journal.km4dev.org/es

  • From 2009 to 2012, Taylor and Francis (T&F) was publishing the KM4D Journal as a printed journal. You can currently find some of the authors' copies from 2009 and 2010 below. Shortly, all this content will be uploaded on the OJS site.
  • Find below the list of recent and forthcoming issues.


Volume 14, 2018

  • Volume 14, Issue 1, 2018 - Non-thematic
  • Volume 14, Issue 2, 2018 - KM impact and evaluation (tentative)
  • Volume 14, Issue 3, 2018 - KM in the private sector (tentative)

Volume 13, 2017

  • Volume 13, Issue 1, 2017 - Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly! [View the issue online [1]]
  • Volume 13, Issue 2, 2017 - Best practices in information & data management for development organizations [View the issue online [2]]
  • Volume 13, Issue 3, 2017 - Communities of Practice in development: a relic of the past or sign of the future? [View the call online [3]]

Volume 12, 2016

  • Volume 12, Issue 1, 2016 - Disability and knowledge (1) [View the issue online [4]]
  • Volume 12, Issue 2, 2016 - Disability and knowledge (2) [View the issue online [5]]

Volume 11, 2015

  • Volume 11, Issue 1, 2015 - Special issue: Facilitation [View the issue online [6]]
  • Volume 11, Issue 2, 2015 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [7]]

Volume 10, 2014

  • Volume 10, Issue 1, 2014 - Special issue: Spanish-speaking [View the issue online [8]]
  • Volume 10, Issue 2, 2014 - Special issue: Africa [View the issue online [9]]
  • Volume 10, Issue 3, 2014 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [10]]

Volume 9, 2013

  • Volume 9, Issue 1, 2013 - Special Issue: Knowledge management and climate change: [View the issue online [11]]
  • Volume 9, Issue 2, September 2013 - Special Issue: Breaking the boundaries to knowledge integration: society meets science within knowledge management for development [View the issue online [12]]
  • Volume 9, Issue 3, 2013 - Special Issue: Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics [View the issue online [13]]

Volume 8, 2012 (Originally published under Taylor & Francis - soon available on the journal website [14])

  • Volume 8, Issue 1, 2012 - Special Issue: The Value of Learning: Understanding and Measuring the Impact of Knowledge Management in International Development [View the issue online [15]
  • Volume 8, Issue 2-3, September 2012 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [16]

Volume 7, 2011 (Originally published under Taylor & Francis - soon available on the journal website [17])

  • Volume 7, Issue 1, May 2011 - Special Issue: Beyond the conventional boundaries of knowledge management: navigating the emergent pathways of learning and innovation for international development [View the issue online [18]
  • Volume 7, Issue 2, September 2011 - Special Issue: La gestion des connaissances pour le développement – tour d'horizon en terres francophones [View the issue online [19]
  • Volume 7, Issue 3, December 2011 - Special Issue: Indigenous Knowledge Technology Conference 2011: Selected Papers [View the issue online [20]

Volume 6, 2010 (Originally published under Taylor & Francis - soon available on the journal website [21])

  • Volume 6, Issue 1, 2010 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [22]
  • Volume 6, Issue 2, 2010 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [23]
  • Volume 6, Issue 3, 2010 - Non-thematic [View the issue online [24]

Volume 5, 2009 (Originally published under Taylor & Francis - soon available on the journal website [25])

  • Volume 5, Issue 1, May 2009 - Special Issue: Collaborative Learning: the Role of Organisational Knowledge Management Strategies [View the iwsuhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rkmd20/5/1
  • Volume 5, Issue 2, September 2009 - Non-thematic http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rkmd20/5/2
  • Volume 5, Issue 3, December 2009 - Special Issue: Learning for the Water Sector: Quenching the Thirst for Knowledge and Bridging The Banks? http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rkmd20/5/3

Volume 4, 2008

  • Volume 4, Issue 1, 2008 - Special issue: Knowledge management in Latin America and the Caribbean (Part 2) [View the issue online: [26]]

Volume 3, 2007

  • Volume 3, Issue 1, May 2007 - Special issue: Stewarding technologies for collaboration, community building and knowledge sharing in development [View the issue online: [27]]
  • Volume 3, Issue 2, 2007 - Special issue: Knowledge sharing and knowledge management in Latin America and the Caribbean (Part I) [View the issue online: [28]]

Volume 2, 2006

  • Volume 2, Issue 1, May 2006 - Special issue: Effective knowledge sharing for development in Africa [View the issue online: [29]]
  • Volume 2, Issue 2, September 2006 - Special issue: Capacity building for networking [View the issue online: [30]]
  • Volume 2, Issue 3, December 2006 - Special issue: Bridging knowledge divides [View the issue online: [31]]

Volume 1, 2005

  • Volume 1, Issue 1, May 2005 - Special issue: supporting communities in development [View the issue online: [32]]
  • Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2005 - Special issue: Approaches to promote knowledge sharing in international development organisations [View the issue online: [33]]
  • Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2005 - Special issue: Understanding the role of culture in knowledge sharing: making the invisible visible [View the issue online: [34]]


Copyright issues and access model
The copyright of the articles published in this journal remains the property of the authors. For liability reasons, the title belongs to the Foundation for the Support of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal. The journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License.
This journal is currently an open access journal as it has a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the BOAI definition [1] of "open access", we support the rights of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles." However, some of the content (2009-2012) is only available on the Taylor and Francis website. Within the next few months, this issue too will become available on the OJS.

[1] http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm#openaccess

The journal is produced by volunteers. If you would like to contribute to the journal in any way, kindly send an e-mail to km4dj-editors@dgroups.org


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