February – Vienna Knowledge Week will be taking place this year on 19-23 March. On the morning of Wednesday 21 March, a workshop on Knowledge Management in International Organisations to achieve the SDGs will be organised by the Knowledge for Development Partnership (free entry). This workshop specifically invites all Vienna-based International Organisations to connect, reflect on KM practices and experiences, to strengthen the Vienna-based community, and to advance Knowledge for Development aligned with the global initiatives. To find out more, you can download the flyer here or visit the website of Vienna Knowledge City.
January – The next K4DP General Assembly and Global Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, in April 2018. More information will follow. In preparation for these events, the Agenda Knowledge for Development is being revised with the addition of new statements. A statement should express your own personal vision on knowledge, knowledge for development, knowledge management or knowledge societies in less than 400 words. Anything that inspires you either personally or professionally can be the subject of your statement, ranging from ISO 30401, ICT4D and big data to the arts and literature, libraries and information services, food and nutrition security, global health, women and gender. If you would like to contribute a personal statement, please contact Sarah Cummings (deadline 28 February).
December – Mary Suzan Abbo, Managing Director of K4DP in Kampala and Annabella Johnson, K4DP-member and Director of Kampala.Knowledge.City are both making good progress in the preparation of Kampala.Knowledge.Week in March, which shall host the first K4DP-Meeting in Africa. More information to be provided soon.
November – Helen Gilman (IFAD) and Steve Glovinsky (UNDP) have been driving forces in organizing a 1-day workshop on 30 October at the UN headquarter in New York to specifically address KM within UN Organisations and International Monetary Funds, including the Agenda K4DP addressing knowledge on a societal level. Sarah Cummings and Andreas Brandner (K4DP) have joined this initiating team from the beginning and represented K4DP as the only non-UN participants at this event. Sarah is a group leader in one of the expert groups on the private sector. With this initiative, we are currently planning a side event at the next High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 9-18 July 2018. An additional side event at the UN General Assembly in Autumn 2018 is also targeted to present KM at the UN combined with the Agenda Knowledge for Development.
October – On 9 October 2017, the Emirates Strategic Planning Association (ESPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the K4DP in Hotel lmperial, Vienna, Austria. The ceremony was attended by their Highnesses, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed Abdulla Al Mualle, as well as General Dr. Abdelqudous AlObaidli, Director of ESPA, and the UAE Ambassador to the UN in Vienna, H.E. Hamad Al Kaabi. For K4DP, there were 6 members present: Farideh Meghdadi, Günter Koch, Annabella Johnson, Rita Ogunfojuri, Sharon Rahman, and Andreas Brandner. Dubai TV made some interviews which will be broadcast in the coming week.
Under the MoU, ESPA and K4DP have planned several activities, including events in a number of cities in the Arab world to promote K4DP and to strengthen local knowledge partnerships and international collaboration, combined with capacity building and cultural activities.
Sarah Cummings attended the CERES Summer School in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on the theme of ‘Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Gaps, Opportunities, and Challenges’ on 22 June 2017. She presented the paper Critical discourse analysis of perspectives on knowledge and the knowledge society within the Sustainable Development Goals.
On 14 June 2017, Andreas Brandner made a presentation in the UNESCO session Defining Internet Universality Indicators and Access Policies to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at the WSIS Forum 12-16 June in Geneva, Switzerland.
April – On 3-4 April 2017, the Knowledge for Development Global Partnership Conference took place at the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva. Full reporting of the conference can be found on the website of the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community covering both Day one and Day two. Here you can also find a wide range of presentations, videos and photographs.