Vol. 13 No. 3 (2017): Communities of Practice in development: a relic of the past or sign of the future?
The topic of Communities of Practice and their use, character and potential in a development context has waxed and waned in prominence in discussions amongst development practitioners since its heyday in the mid-late 1990s. The title of this issue reflects a felt need to ascertain whether CoPs as vehicles for knowledge sharing and learning are still relevant, whether understanding of CoPs has changed, what purposes CoPs are serving in the development community today, and how we can know. The different contributions present a variety of reflections on the nature and value of CoPs, and on implementational realities in different institutional settings.