Tropical Medicine & International Health
August 2011 Volume 16, Issue 8 Pages 905–1041
Communities of practice: the missing link for knowledge management on implementation issues in low-income countries? (pages 1007–1014)
Bruno Meessen, Seni Kouanda, Laurent Musango, Fabienne Richard, Valéry Ridde and Agnès Soucat
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02794.x
The implementation of policies remains a huge challenge in many low-income countries. Several factors play a role in this, but improper management of existing knowledge is no doubt a major issue. In this article, we argue that new platforms should be created that gather all stakeholders who hold pieces of relevant knowledge for successful policies. To build our case, we capitalize on our experience in our domain of practice, health care financing in sub-Saharan Africa. We recently adopted a community of practice strategy in the region. More in general, we consider these platforms as the way forward for knowledge management of implementation issues.