From technical assistance to technical co-operation in development

[German title: Von der technischen Unterstützung zur technischen Kooperation in der Entwicklungsarbeit]

Gordon Wilson
Knowledge, innovation and re-inventing technical assistance for development
Progress in Development Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3, 183-199 (2007)
DOI: 10.1177/146499340700700301

Abstract: 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.

Key Words: Technical Assistance • Technical Co-operation • Knowledge Management • Innovation Systems • learning • difference

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© 2007 SAGE Publications

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