When will developing countries stop importing knowledge? (18) Combining generalizable and context-specific knowledge

6 October, 2018

I’ve been following with interest the discussions about developing countries importing knowledge. My country, the UK, imports knowledge all the time and benefits from it. Rather than importing knowledge unthinkingly the value comes from importing knowledge critically, taking into account our own circumstances.

With colleagues I’ve recently had an opportunity to think about different forms of knowledge for development - knowledge that is generalizable and knowledge that is context specific - and how the two can be combined appropriately. Our thoughts, and citations from the extensive literature, are published here. https://cedilprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stakeholder-Engage...

Kind regards


Sandy Oliver, PhD, Professor of Public Policy

Director Social Science Research Unit

Deputy Director EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education.

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Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg

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HIFA profile: Sandy Oliver is Professor of Public Policy at University College London in the UK. Professional interests: Research for policy, practice and personal decisions. S.oliver AT ioe.ac.uk