Communities of practice: the missing link for knowledge management on implementation issues in low-income countries?
Bruno Meessen, Seni Kouanda, Laurent Musango, Fabienne Richard, Valery Ridde, and Agnes Soucat.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 1007-1014. August 2011.
The implementation of policies remains a huge challenge in many low-income countries. Several factorsplay a role in this, but improper management of existing knowledge is no doubt a major issue. In thisarticle, we argue that new platforms should be created that gather all stakeholders who hold pieces ofrelevant knowledge for successful policies. To build our case, we capitalize on our experience in ourdomain of practice, health care financing in sub-Saharan Africa. We recently adopted a community ofpractice strategy in the region. More in general, we consider these platforms as the way forward forknowledge management of implementation issues.