Knowledge management: community development

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We have seen community development model in previous thread. We know what is required for community development. Everything is easy to say and write on the paper  but when time comes for implementation we certainly face the various challenges to support foreign practical knowledge for development into community practices for enhancing efficient investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management and particularly local community development outcomes.


The knowledge management for development is the practical knowledge for development to improve organizational capabilities and development interventions through better “Know How”, “Better Knowledge Design, Delivery and Support”, the use and distribution of the organization’s individual and collective knowledge resources. This supports the science that enables the translation of “theories”, “knowledge research materials”, and “learning experience” into “live practices” through a simple innovative sustainable development model. Practices that improve and support internal, local and regional sustainable development efforts.

Knowledge management for Development


The knowledge management of Development influences three domains of practices.

 1.  Practical Business Knowledge

This knowledge is required for the successful and efficient management,  smooth operation, support of internal organization culture and its business strategies  and benefits of public and private organizations.

2.  Practical knowledge for development

This knowledge is designed, tested, packaged and embedded in development interventions. It enables the successful management, operation, delivery and support of sustainable development interventions into local practices and local environments. It is very important that this knowledge development should be carefully targeted towards its audience, with the right mixture of delivery, support, simplicity, elegance, and with the right sustainable communities development innovations through the right knowledge formats and the right socio-cultural knowledge infrastructures.

3.  Community Practices

This knowledge can be described as the daily public, private practices and habits of each community. This knowledge describes what works in our community, in our industries, in our sectors, in our lives, in our societies, in our engagements, in our daily jobs. The community practices vary from community to community, from region to region, and change with the time. It is focused on local private business management, public organizations management, and particularly on local socio-cultural infrastructure management, operations and their support. This knowledge supports the Return On Investment.

The major obstacles of sustainable development efforts are:

  • Underestimation of implementation and delivery of development program
  • Unknown environment
  • Unable to cope up with constant changes in the local practices and community environment

Knowledge for Development agenda must promote, drive and communicate *how* development stakeholders must effectively  work together to provide development professionals, local support groups, beneficiaries, communities and local governments the suitable and appropriate information, data, technologies, tools, talents, skills, development materials and knowledge that they need to deliver and to support with success development interventions (programs and projects) into local community practices, local and regional environments.

The concept of *Science of Delivery* of Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group (Delivering on Development: Harnessing Knowledge to Build Prosperity and End Poverty) is very appealing and supports the culture of searching suitable alternative solutions to sustainable development interventions. This requires a shift in the production and delivery of knowledge for development and a fundamental re-organization of the way knowledge for development (knowledge management for development, knowledge architecture, knowledge tools, knowledge formats, knowledge sharing approaches and practices etc.) is designedproducedtested, readapted, packaged, embedded, distributed, delivered, transferred, replicated and supported etc. into local development interventions, into  local Community Practices.

This *Science of Delivery* addresses more precisely an innovative development intervention (project and program) that includes: inclusion management in all phases of the intervention, the availability of the right sociocultural infrastructures that enable the development and the support of the intervention on the target site, the knowledge transfer mechanisms and change management that enable efficient management and the exploitation of the delivered intervention on the target site after the intervention exits.

Development intervention



The socio-cultural infrastructures are basic physical, cultural and organizational structures need for the operation of a society or enterprise, or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. It includes local practices, spiritual, moral, religion and philosophy dimensions, learning experience, transport infrastructures, water infrastructures, communication infrastructures, solid and liquid infrastructures, earth monitoring and measurement infrastructures, management and governance of social infrastructures, economic and cultural infrastructures, environmental infrastructure etc.

The following framework will give an idea how to spread awareness and education for pregnant women & their families and communities.

TriggerNeeds for new knowledge package or adaption of existing knowledge package and the required socio cultural infrastructures to combat pregnancy related death in a remote village
ApproachAssessment and evaluation to produce a new knowledge package or to adapt an existing knowledge package into the local government
InputDecision to invest in a construction of a knowledge development centre to support the local knowledge management and transfer procedures
OutputKnowledge development centre is constructed, maintained and managed by a local knowledge management committee with support of knowledge management agencies, local government, NGOs, public, private sector, regional knowledge management coordination centre etc
OutcomeInformation on precautions to be taken during the pregnancy, prenatal, post natal care are offered more quickly and accurately through videos, interactive simulations, storytelling, sketches, analogies, seminar, education, training, theatre, singing, discussion, knowledge sharing etc. in the local, national and regional languages within and outside the knowledge development centre
BenefitPregnant women and new born babies mortality rate and health care cost reduced significantly annually.



Vijaya Sawant

Vijaya Sawant is an exceptional project management professional with a unique blend of business, project management and technology skills. She has more than 25 years of latest technology implementation experience in both matrix and projectile environment. She has a first-rate track record of successfully spearheading and delivering a broad range of high impact, high profile projects, including leadership of multi-national, multi-vendor teams. She has demonstrated ability to bring about positive change through crafting relationships with multi stakeholder groups and service delivery groups, understanding business needs and proposing and delivering viable technology solutions.

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