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Development through dialogue : report of a research initiative

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Abstract: This report covers a research study of Dgroups which took place during September 2006-July 2007. Dgroups is a number of things at the same time: (1) it is a web-based technical platform which supports and provides for the creation and use of discrete e-mail based discussion lists and web workspaces that are used to support knowledge networking by people and institutions working in development; (2) it is also the plural name for these online networks, individually known as a dgroup; and (3) it is also a partnership of development organizations who share a commitment to collaboration in development and who are developing a common vision of the need for such a platform and such online groups. The study examines whether and how dgroups: facilitate the spread of information and knowledge among the actors (individual and institutional) working in the thematic areas of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); facilitate learning processes (individual, social, and organizational learning) in the diverse institutions working in areas related to the MDGs; and facilitate the bridging of the multitude of ‘knowledge divides’ in development between the North and South, and South-South; between different sorts of institutions (multilateral, bilateral, NGOs, universities, ministries) and professional groups (practitioners, researchers and policymakers); and in terms of language.
Authors: Cummings, S.
Series Title: KIT Working papers series
Category: Practice
Serial number: WPS.I1
ISSN: 1876-4142
Keywords: information and communication technologies , information services , knowledge management
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 65
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Year: 2008
Region: Global
Right: © 2008 Royal Tropical Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
Subject: Information, Knowledge and Communication
Title: Development through dialogue : report of a research initiative