Knowledge for Development Challenges

The K4D Challenges are both educational and transformational programmes jointly implemented by K4DP and partner institutions. They focus on the Knowledge Management Challenges in sectors – like agriculture – or in a country. Participants are joining a comprehensive Certification Training Programme and apply the learnings directly in the team to solve pressing challenges in the respective knowledge ecosystem.

Participants are mastering 3 challenges


They develop or advance the KM concepts for their organisations, supported by world-leading KM experts.


They solve KM challenges in the sector/country with knowledge policy briefs.

They contribute with their learnings to the global Agenda Knowledge for Development.

Participants who successfully accomplish the challenges are awarded “Certified Knowledge Managers for Sustainable Development” by K4DP, the partner institutions, and our SKS-Partner Universities.

Previous challenges




The first K4D Challenge was implemented from 9-12/2021 in partnership with FARA Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa as the “Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development Challenge 2021”.

28 participants from 21 countries have been trained and coached by 21 experts, who supported them in the development of KM Strategies for their organisations and National Knowledge Policy Briefs for their countries.

It concluded with the “Maiden Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development Conference” held from 6-9 December 2021 in Accra, Ghana. On that occasion the Accra Declaration has been signed, laying the ground for a strategic, systematic and integrated approach to knowledge in agricultural development in Africa.

The KM4AgD Challenge will be continued on an annual basis, and will start in June 2022.  For more information, go to


Accra Declaration in English


Accra Declaration in French 

Further Challenges


Further Challenges are being prepared.

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