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High-Level Meeting: Towards Country-led Knowledge Hubs

Event | 10 - 12 July 2012 Bali, Indonesia


This activity will focus on concrete South-South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE) implementation challenges including leadership and championship; coordination among relevant national actors; engagement in international partnerships; results-oriented implementation and smart funding of knowledge exchange. In collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Program, and World Bank, ADBI's support to this meeting is a continuation of its involvement in the Task Team on South-South Cooperation* and the Building Block on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Detailed information is available at the Meeting web site.


South-South cooperation is an increasingly important approach to development cooperation. Countries at all income levels want to learn from the practical experiences of their peers in implementing development initiatives. At the same time, a growing number of countries are eager to share their experience and approaches to various development challenges. As demand for their development experience grows, countries increasingly seek better conditions to exchange knowledge in a predictable way and at a larger scale. One approach is through knowledge hubs.

A knowledge hub is an organization, or part of an organization, dedicated to sharing and exchanging development experiences and models with partners from other countries. Many developing countries are currently investing in institutions for knowledge exchange, pioneering new institutional and operational models.

This event will connect country-level experts from both the demand and the supply side of knowledge exchange, as well as provide an opportunity to link with SSKE specialists and knowledge brokers. High-level government officials with a political responsibility for making knowledge hubs work and directors of institutions that are dedicated to sharing knowledge and know-how through SSKE will also participate.

The event will include two days of interactive, practical discussions on SSKE implementation. On day 1, high-level panels will explore different approaches towards effective knowledge sharing with a focus on political leadership, the enabling environment and the role of knowledge exchange as a development instrument. Day 1 will also feature presentations on knowledge hub models from Brazil, PRC, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa. Day 2 will feature panels and highly interactive roundtable sessions on practical knowledge hub topics. Participants will learn, among others, about practical questions on national coordination of knowledge and expertise, organization and packaging of knowledge supply, financing, results-driven design and implementation. The meeting will end with a panel that consolidates the learning and outlines ways forward to advancing the implementation of SSKE.


The meeting will:

  • discuss concrete ways to identify and systematize development experiences to be shared with partner countries;
  • learn from a number of knowledge exchange champion countries on how they have designed and implemented knowledge hubs;
  • consider key questions related to institutionalizing or coordinating a country's knowledge expertise; and
  • serve as a starting point for a community of practitioners for continuous knowledge sharing and learning about knowledge hubs.


  • Participants deepen their understanding of various institutional approaches to management of SSKE
  • Participants learn practical lessons for effective knowledge exchange from the experience of existing knowledge hubs
  • Participants create new networks with officials and institutes involved in SSKE and knowledge hub management or development from across the South


The activity will gather about 200 senior policy makers and practitioners from about 40 countries engaged in SSKE.




Government of Indonesia
Japan International Cooperation Agency*
United Nations Development Program*
World Bank*

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