Whose Knowledge Support Development Programs?
This paper explores the experience of highly mobile development practitioners from Japan, who regularly or temporarily work for organisations (e.g. aid agencies, consulting firms) that deal with various issues in less-developed countries. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews, which were mainly conducted face-to-face during the subjects’ temporary return to Japan, or sometimes by telephone or Skype. I also followed some of their activities through social media. Following their mobile working lives between Japan and recipient countries within their career trajectories, this paper aims to reveal the ways in which they have accumulated and utilised (or not utilised) the rich experience and knowledge they have gained when working as practitioners who must carry out activities within the limited timeframe of each program. Finally, this paper highlights the importance of the accumulated knowledge of individual practitioners; a process that is usually unseen behind “good practices” and the trend of strongly emphasising recipient ownership of programs.