The Power of Knowledge

Join us on 1 September 2022 for the first edition of this annual event. This year’s theme is ‘Walking the talk on equitable partnerships’.

The event will be held in Amsterdam, Beirut and Johannesburg. You are welcome to join us at a location closest to you or online (access to the plenary session in the morning only).

At this symposium, we will bring together representatives from national and international governments, policy organisations, think tanks, philanthropic organisations, corporations, and non-governmental organisations from around the globe. Together, we will examine how the North-South paradigm shapes the flow of knowledge adversely and how we can effectively move away from an imbalanced structure towards a more equitable one by creating equitable partnerships.

On this one-day event 1 September 2022 we will focus on inclusive and fair knowledge partnerships.

Walking the talk on equitable partnerships

This year we will co-host and co-create this event with the Asfari Institute of the American University in Beirut and EthiXPERT in South Africa. Like us, both organisations strongly believe in the power of knowledge to inspire more inclusive and sustainable societies.

Our work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the goals and a crucial key to achieving the goals is Goal 17, Partnerships for Goals. So this year we will focus on sustainable and equitable partnerships. We will showcase partnerships that embrace the indigenization of knowledge; have governance structures that are led by women and youth; use transdisciplinary approaches with multiple stakeholders, and are centred on the accessibility of data as a key resource.

We would like to hear from you

Are you or your organisation working to redress this imbalance as well? Throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share your experiences and ideas. We are keen to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how we can harness the power of knowledge for more equitable partnerships.

Programme – what you can expect

We will kick-of the day with keynote addresses from our inspiring speakers, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Dr. Zuleika Bibi Sheik and Dr. Sam Oti who are committed to decolonising knowledge and are striving hard in their own arenas to forge promising and equal partnerships.

This will be followed by workshops facilitated by diverse organisations, like Utrecht University and International Institute of Environment and development (IIED). They will present, discuss and debate the challenges they face in decolonising knowledge and making their knowledge partnerships more fair and inclusive.

In discussion with you, the facilitator will put together recommendations that will be shared and discussed with the panelists at the plenary before the closing address. After the event we will also put together these recommendations – a shared agenda for change – for all participating organisations and individuals. We hope that this action plan will help us make concrete strides in creating fair and equitable partnerships until we meet again in 2023.

We will close the day with drinks and an opportunity to network.

Please note: The online programme only provides viewing access to the plenary session in the morning.

Detailed information on the different dialogue sessions, and the opportunity to register for specific sessions will follow in the coming weeks.