Civil society and knowledge management in West Africa
The author aims to provide an overview of key issues in relation to the production, documentation and communication of knowledge by civil society in West Africa. Firstly, the paper offers and justifies a working definition of knowledge and civil society respectively. It then discuss the emergence of civil society organisations in (West) Africa as sites of knowledge production and institutional agents directly implicated in transformations in the landscape of knowledge production. Thirdly, the author focuses on some of the challenges involved in mobilising and managing knowledge for effective policy intervention.
Two appendices on approaches to effective policy management have been added with a view to prompting further discussions.