What is a Community of Practice?

Step Four in the World Bank Institutes 'Art of knowledge Exchange' this page defines the significance of tapping in to a Community of Practice for effective knowledge exchange for development. It provides a downloadable PDF, definitions and a proposed timeline of developmental steps towards the strengthening and building a community of practice.  

"Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who, through a virtual or live platform, interact regularly over long periods of time on a common topic of shared interest with the goal of learning from one another."

Source: World Bank Institute, 2013, The Art of Knowledge Exchange. Step 4:COP, 


World Bank Institute 2013 "What is a Community of Practice?" in The Art of Knowledge Exchange: Step 4 COP  Website . Retrieved from https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/17540/843970WP0art0o0Box0382140B00PUBLIC0.pdf