Services for Rural Development Reader: Knowledge management and knowledge systems for rural development

Services for Rural Development Reader: Knowledge management and knowledge systems for rural development

This paper explores the prospects for Knowledge Management (KM) services in rural development. It takes a close look at knowledge networks and systems in rural areas, and examines the relationship between KM and ICT. The paper argues that ICT is most useful for shuffling data and information and to some extent for transferring documented knowledge, but is of little use for transferring complex or implicit knowledge. A relatively novel concept, KM has emerged as a response to the rapid development of ICT. It highlights that, while the speed and ease of exchanging data and information is increasing, a new challenge for users emerges: to select relevant data, information and documents.

Paul-Mathias Braun
© Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), 2007, 16 pages