Knowledge, innovation and re-inventing technical assistance for development

Wilson, Gordon (2007). Knowledge, innovation and re-inventing technical assistance for development. Progress in Development Studies, 7(3) pp. 183–199.



This paper traces the evolution of Technical Assistance to Technical Co-operation alongside more recent concepts of knowledge Management and Innovation Systems. Originally
conceived as transfer from a knowledge-rich North to a knowledge-poor South, the later terminology represents a more co-operative and dialogic conception. The evolution has been driven by persistent issues concerning capacity and knowledge-in-context and by changing approaches to development practice. The paper argues, however, that a further epistemological turn is needed that conceives of
co-operative learning as ‘learning with’, where difference between actors is conceived as a resource, rather than a problem, for knowledge production.

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