I had the opportunity to attend a USAID conference this past week on Knowledge Management (KM). There was a lot of discussion on what tools are being used to measure outcomes and better ways to share learning. But, at a broader level, what are the objectives of KM? In a break-out session on this topic, someone surmised that it was about building trust for cooperative action. “Absolutely,” I thought.
The emphasis on building “social capital” was also mentioned in this discussion. I spend a lot of time thinking about this concept, and the related one of “social cohesion.” These concepts seem so critical, but I rarely hear them in development discourses. Can projects be sustainable without this foundation? If you have anything to add, or good resources on this topic, please share them. And, check out the latest case study posted on “Visions of Integration” in Columbia, Maryland!