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Knowledge for Development African Partnership Conference

This first African Knowledge for Development Partnership Conference took place on the 25th and 26th of September at the United Nations Office Nairobi. It convened the African K4DP community, knowledge specialists and workers, pioneers as well as passionate followers and upcoming experts, committed to advancing knowledge management, knowledge societies in Africa. It created awareness on how knowledge impacts all development activities and how it can be managed. The conference fostered the dialogue within the multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder community and provided a platform to co-create ideas and solutions to urgent and anticipated challenges.

Day 1: 25/9/2019

Opening ceremony and keynotes
Eugene Wamalwa, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASALs

Siddharth Chatterjee, Resident Coordinator, United Nations Nairobi
Evangeline Njoka, Secretary General, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
Christian Fellner, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Kenya

Panel discussion: Knowledge Strategies for Africa


World Café: Advancing a knowledge agenda in Africa
The world café is a space where all participants can equally contribute their knowledge and experience, vision and passion, ideas and call for action. As a knowledge partnership we build on the active contribution of all, reflecting the current situation, envision the future and co-creating an agenda to move forward. This world café is dedicated to co-creating and advancing knowledge societies in Africa, building partnerships, initiating projects and starting real action.
Moderation: George Gatero, JKUAT, Wario Guyo, KMSK

KM Award Ceremony and introduction KM4D Award
The international KM Award recognizes achievements of pioneers in the field of Knowledge Management and Knowledge-based Development.

The KM Award Winners of 2019 are:


Day 2, 26/9/2019

Knowledge Management in the development context

Moderator: George Gatero


Knowledge Management in sectors and cross-dimensional issues

Moderator: Samuel Wainaina

Open space: Knowledge for Development
This session is intended to co-create concrete projects and initiatives, which are targeted to implement a Knowledge Agenda for Africa. All participants can share and post their project ideas, get feedback, support, attract partners for the implementation, and get started.

Knowledge Market
In parallel to the open space the knowledge market provides space for companies and organizations to present their projects, share their findings and learnings, get feedback and find future partners. Organisations interested in participating in the market are kindly asked to register for it and send emails to

Among the presenters you will find: International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya Revenue Authority, Knowledge Management Society of Kenya, Health Knowledge Management Network, Association for the Development of Education in Africa,, Knowledge Management Academy, Kenya Diaspora Alliance, Co-operative University of Kenya, Kenya National Academy of Sciences, R&B Consulting, Nigerian Knowledge for Development Initiative, and others.

Moderators: Wario Guyo, Sarah Cummings


Closing Ceremony
Joseph  Mucheru, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications

Conference Report


1st Knowledge for Development Partnership Conference in Africa