Updated 16 July 2018

Knowledge Frameworks to Accelerate the 2030 Agenda
The K4DP is one of the co-organisers of this event which is taking place at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN in New York on 17 July. Further information can be found here.

Localizing the Agenda Knowledge for Development
Localizing the global “Agenda Knowledge for Development” in countries and regions, initiating local knowledge partnerships, and advancing local knowledge strategies and ecosystems are among the key objectives of K4DP. In the next months K4DP and its Agenda K4D will be introduced in various countries in partnership with Please see the following events/safe-the-dates:

Tehran.Knowledge.Days: 2-4 July 2018: Programme

Kampala.Knowledge.Week: 6-10 August 2018: Programme

Nairobi.Knowledge.Week: 27-31 August 2018: Save-the-date

Geneva.Knowledge.Week: 10-14 September 2018: Programme

Serekunda.Knowledge.Week: 1-5 October 2018: Save-the-date

Vienna.Knowledge.Week: 19-22 November 2018: Save-the-date

It would be great if you could support the dissemination of these activities to bring K4D to the attention to many institutions, companies and people. Your network is needed!

The Geneva.Knowledge.Week, hosted by WTO World Trade Organization, will give opportunity to recognize one outstanding pioneer and an international organization with the Knowledge Management Award. Nominations are welcome, please send an email to (the Award is given by Knowledge Management Austria).

If you want to share your approaches, experiences, questions, tools, products, art works, provide a training or present yourself as an expert or knowledge service provider, etc. at one of the knowledge.weeks, then please let us know as well. Knowledge.weeks are a platform for all stakeholders! Please contact Andreas Brandner

June – On 26 June 2018, Sarah Cummings and Helen Gillman (IFAD) hosted a sesssion on The contribution of local knowledge to the Sustainable Development Goals: perspectives on the food, water and climate nexus. Local knowledge – also known as indigenous, community and traditional knowledge – is particularly important to the food, climate and water nexus because it is often considered to represent adaptation to the local environment. Despite this general recognition, it features marginally in the SDGs with only one reference to traditional knowledge as a subset of genetic resources under ‘Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security, and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.’ Given that all development needs to start from the local people and the local context, how can local knowledge receive more prominence and greater attention in development policy, practice and research? In this panel discussion, the panellists explored important issues related to local knowledge from their institutional (academic, policy, practice) and own personal perspectives. The session took place during the conference on Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate (25-26 June 2018), organized by the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam and others.


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.

June  –  On 20-22 June 2017, Andreas Brandner of the K4DP attended the Knowledge Cities World Summit in Arequipa, Peru. He presented the paper ‘The global Agenda Knowledge for Development and knowledge cities.’ The Knowledge Cities World Summit is being organised by the World Capital Institute, Mexico.

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.