Knowledge for Development Partnership

Welcome to K4DP – the Knowledge for Development Partnership, which was founded under Austrian law at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 3 April 2017 during the “Knowledge for Development: Global Partnership Conference”. 

We are a non-profit organisation (NGO) promoting the global advancement of peaceful, wealthy, sustainable, and inclusive knowledge societies, fostering global knowledge partnerships for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and implementing the Agenda 2030. 

With partners from all over the world, K4DP aims to localize and implement the global Agenda Knowledge for Development.

African KM4AgD Challenge 2021

In cooperation with FARA – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa – and its continental partners, K4DP is kick-starting the African Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development Challenge 2021. This programme is a unique combination of educational and transformational activities to capacitate the KM Community in the field of Agriculture AND find solutions for the pressing KM Challenge in this sector. The kick-off event takes place on 8th of September, next Wednesday, 14-16:00 universal time, it is online and cost-free. Please click here more information including the link for registration.

KM Award 2020 going to UNICEF and Prof. Kimiz Dalkir (McGill University)

Joint Centre for Knowledge Sciences at International University of Management established!

K4DP has launched the School of Knowledge Sciences in December 2020 and we proudly announce that the first Joint Centre for Knowledge Sciences has been established at the International University of Management, Namibia.

The KM Award 2020 Ceremony highlighted the achievements of UNICEF as an International Organisation with its meaningful, strategic, global and integrated KM Approach, specifically reflecting its recently published Global KM Medium-Term Strategy 2021-2022.

The individual KM Award was given to Kimiz Dalkir (photo right), Professor at McGill University, Canada, for her outstanding achievements in academic teaching, research and publishing. Her book “Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice (MIT Press)” is outstanding, inspiring and influencial on a global level. We gratulate the winners of the Award! The KM Award is a programme of Knowledge Management Austria – one of the initiators of K4DP – since 2009.


KM Award 2020 and Launch Ceremony

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Getting deeper…

About us

K4DP aims to include stakeholder groups from all over the world to create, drive and implement the Agenda Knowledge for Development for better knowledge sharing and collaboration, increased competence in knowledge management, and better conditions for individual knowledge work.

National knowledge partnerships have been established to localize the agenda and set local, national and regional initiatives. Communication platforms are established to bring together the K4D community to learn, share, and perform better together.


Agenda for Knowledge Development

The Agenda is aimed at providing a universal knowledge framework offering guiding principles, nurturing the dialogue on knowledge, strengthening global knowledge ecosystems and, ultimately, contributing to
better success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of  the United Nations.

Based on the statements of 130 experts and representatives of multi-stakeholder communities, this Agenda has been presented in its current version in April 2017  at the UN Office in Geneva.


School of Knowledge Sciences

The School of Knowledge Sciences provides academic education and training, research, communication and outreach as well as art activities. The global faculty includes world-leading experts and practitioners. The K4D Challenge 2021 will be the flagship programme combining education/training with real action and outreach, grounded in research and collaborating with artists. 

The School of Knowledge Sciences is acting in cooperation with academic institutions, some of which are establishing Centres of Knowledge Sciences at their campus.

Statements  for the Agenda K4D

What our Agenda contains

Patricia Lumba

Patricia Lumba

Patricia Mweene Lumba Sustainable Development, Senior Knowledge Management Officer at African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) Optimising the Africa Knowledge Agenda for the Knowledge Society Effective participation in the "Knowledge Society" requires,...

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Leif Edvinsson

Leif Edvinsson

Leif Edvinsson Professor, University of Lund, Sweden Future knowledge societies are in an accelerating, exponential dynamic. Is it chaos or is there an intelligence pattern to be observed? An emerging approach was shared by the founder of VISA, Dee W. Hock, who labelled this...

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Kingo Mchombu

Kingo Mchombu

Kingo Mchombu Professor and Acting Vice Chancellor, International University of Management, Namibia  The Agenda of Knowledge for Development 2030 supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 through strengthening knowledge systems and services...

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Dr. Bambang Susantono

Dr. Bambang Susantono

Dr. Bambang Susantono Vice-President of Knowledge Management and Sustainable DevelopmentAsian Development Bank (ADB) Knowledge Management is fundamental to all aspects of development work and ultimately to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a...

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Success Stories

Reports from all around the world

Learn more about our successful projects all around the world.

Next Level Academy founded

Next Level Academy founded

Vienna, 27 August 2020. Youth is a key actor in societal transformation. Evidently they play a key role in the advancement of knowledge societies....

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Kenyan Knowledge Agenda

Kenyan Knowledge Agenda

At the global K4DP Conference 2019 at the UN Office in Nairobi, K4DP and the Kenyan Ministry of Devolution and ASALs joined forces to develop a...

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