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).

The Power of Knowledge is a series of annual events that seeks to bring together representatives from national and international governments and policy organisations, think tanks, corporations, non-governmental and knowledge organisations, and philanthropists from around the globe. Together, we will examine how the North-South paradigm adversely shapes the flow of knowledge and how we can effectively move away from this imbalanced structure towards a more equitable one.

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.

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 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 dialogue sessions for critical reflections on how equitable knowledge partnerships can unlock the power of knowledge. These sessions will be facilitated by like-minded organisations who will present projects where they the partners involved are working to decolonise knowledge. What are some of the challenges they’ve faced? In what arenas have they managed to succeed?

Together, we will draw up an action plan for more inclusive and fair knowledge partnerships.

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.