Knowledge for Development Partnership

Welcome at K4DP (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) which  promotes the global advancement of peaceful, wealthy, sustainable, and inclusive knowledge societies, fosters global knowledge partnerships for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and implements the Agenda 2030. 

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

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

The Launch of K4DP´s School of Knoweldge Sciences was a great success, and we are very happy to announce that at the same time, the launch of the two Joint Centres for Knowledge Sciences at the  International University of Management, Namibia, and  at Khatam University, Iran, could be celebrated.

The KM Award 2020 and Launch Ceremony was a  milestone in the further advancement of K4DP  and  Kimiz Dalkir as well as UNICEF could be celebrated as winners of the Knowledge Management Award. Additionally, FSDZ Financial Sector Deepening Zambia received the Golden KM4D Award, a recognition of implementing KM according to the KM4D Framework with the outstanding achievements in linking it with Financial inclusion in Zambia and playing the lead role in the FSD Network through KM. 

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

Dr. Md. Golam Rahman

Dr. Md. Golam Rahman

Former Chief Information Commissioner, Bangladesh

Communication is one of the major components of behavioral and societal effort to perform a specific purpose. Knowledge is also an essential resource for the development of societies all over the world. Knowledge sharing has a very close link to communication in data, information and knowledge exchange process.

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Ali Imam Majumder

Ali Imam Majumder

Former Cabinet Secretary, the Government of Bangladesh

There can be no denial on the imperatives for building global knowledge for attaining sustainable development. The need for development and sharing of such knowledge have become more crucial in the wake of the global pandemic situation. This may lead to two outcomes: renewed imperative for global knowledge production, dissemination and sharing of information, on the other, increased protectionism.

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Eric Tsui

Eric Tsui

Prof. Eric Tsui PhD, Associate Director, Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

In the 21st century, we are living in increasingly connected societies. As Steve Job once said, “Serendipity is by connecting the dots.” Therefore, in order to reap the most benefits, KM efforts and programmes need paradigmatic changes. Firstly, in the past, most KM efforts were focused with an organization e.g. developing good practices, sharing lessons learnt and setting up communities or centres of excellence.

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Patricia Lumba

Patricia Lumba

Senior Knowledge Management Officer at African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

Effective participation in the “Knowledge Society” requires, rather obviously, access to its most important commodity, knowledge. If well managed, data and information can be a catalyst to Africa’s international arena involvement. To be a true leader in the international field, Africa will need to reconsider what it means to be engaged in the current knowledge economy.

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Success Stories

Reports from all around the world

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