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Learning to tackle climate change: innovative approaches to knowledge sharing and co-production in highly dispersed development organisations

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posted on 2023-06-10, 03:59 authored by Thomas M Tanner, Carl Jackson, Fran Seballos, Jane Clark
Tackling climate change in the context of development requires particular attention to reflection and learning. In part this is because of the new sources of additional uncertainty and cross-sectoral complexity that it introduces, but also because of the limited experience of what works and what doesn’t. This poses significant challenges for many development organisations, which tend to function on the basis of bureaucratic principles of accountability and a cycle of planning, implementation, impact and evaluation. This paper presents findings and reflections from a climate change learning programme with the UK Department for International Development. The programme combined external facilitation with staff knowledge exchange, reflection and problem solving to co-produce knowledge on climate change and development rather than following a set of prescribed technical solutions. We argue from this experience that knowledge management for tackling climate change requires much greater use of explicitly collaborative and improvisational learning approaches, rather than conventional supply-driven knowledge platforms. While there remains space for orthodox technical responses, such learning approaches are better able to situate the climate change and development problem within the diverse range of personal, organisational and problem contexts in which it is encountered.

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  • Published

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Journal

Knowledge Management for Development Journal

ISSN

1871-6342

Publisher

Foundation in Support of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal

Issue

1

Volume

9

Page range

9-23

Pages

14.0

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  • Institute of Development Studies Publications

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  • Yes

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  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2022-06-21

First Open Access (FOA) Date

2022-06-21

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2022-06-21

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