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Spotlight on Knowledge Partnerships Programme

This week, we focus on The Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, for our Spotlight series. The series profiles research organisations based in developing countries.

In the era of globalisation, India’s strengths are its democracy, vigilant civil society, a growing economy and investment in development through policies, programmes and innovation. Considering the increased focus on South-South Cooperation development dialogue and India’s experience in addressing development challenges and assisting development in various regions of the world, the Government of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) implemented a new model of cooperation support in India through the Knowledge Partnership Programme (KPP). KPP is funded by DFID and managed by a Consortium led by IPE Global Private Limited under its Knowledge Initiative.

KPP envisages producing and disseminating high quality research and analysis products - sharing Indian and global evidence on policies that impact development outcomes and supporting advocacy towards strengthening policy design and implementation. KPP is designed to incubate four major work streams that are nationally-focused but have the potential to be developed into India-Global activity, namely i) Food Security, Resource Scarcity & Climate Change, ii) Trade & Investment, iii) Health, Nutrition & Disease Control, iv) Women & Girls and v) Significant studies which do not fall into either one of these workstreams or are across multiple workstreams are grouped under the fifth head i.e. 'Development Effectiveness'.

KPP is a programme that strives to build global public goods and share India’s lessons and expertise, in order to help LICs. This is done through:

  • implementation through 50 plus experienced partners including research organisations, industry chambers, CSOs and individual consultants
  • cooperation and solution oriented approach
  • in-depth project engagement
  • a future centric approach keeping in mind national demands and their global implications and innovation options

The KPP envisages production and dissemination of high quality research and analysis products, sharing Indian and global evidence on policies that impact development outcomes. The aim is to step up collaboration around ideas, knowledge, evidence, accountability, technology and innovation between UK, India, LICs of Sub Saharan Africa and South-East Asia thus leading to innovation and shaping of global discourse.

KPP seeks to create a knowledge base and take India’s development efforts / successes to the LICs. The programme is expected to generate number of knowledge products in each workstream; namely, Health, Nutrition and Disease Control; Women and Girls; Food Security / Resource Scarcity / Climate Change; and Trade and Investment, which has high potential and demand of sharing with the LICs. These Knowledge Products will be used in decision making (designing / improving / enhancing delivery) of public services and welfare schemes in both India and LICs. The programme will strengthen India-UK partnership and significantly contributes to global development opportunities across LICs. 

6. What topics or trends do you think will become more prominent in your area of work over the next months or years? 


• Holding global dialogues around state provisioning of food
• Strengthening capacity and scaling up of VSBK technology to Malawi and neighbouring countries
• Enabling Fal G brick and Zero Liquid Discharge technology transfer to Bangladesh
• Understanding challenges and opportunities for transfer of Indian seeds to Africa
• Capture learning on South-South cooperation thtro0ugh knowledge transfer for our work stream
• Economic empowerment and violence against women with a life cycle approach

7. Are there particular events or processes you are trying to influence that are coming up in the coming months?
• Policy-relevant analytical studies.
• Policy briefs that highlight key challenges and constraints and suggest solutions.
• Workshops and events for policy dissemination.
• Contribute and support to International Conferences with policy influencing goals.
• Knowledge sharing through visits of officials and representatives from LICs to learn from India’s experience.
• Online platforms to facilitate exchange on key policies
• Communication campaigns.

The challenge for the KPP team is to create quality knowledge products from each of these studies in the context that they have the potential to be shared with other LICs. It is only when these learning are appropriately documented and shared with other countries, that the core essence of KPP will be met. Hence it is important that KPP develops the process / discipline of recognizing potential good practices, identifying demands from LICs, efficiently contracting and managing agencies and converting study findings to knowledge products which will have a larger audience.

Recommended readings from KPP

Deepening India’s engagement with Africa through better Market Access
Knowledge Partnership Programme, 2015
In order to provide ‘trade’ stimulus to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), India launched a Duty-Free Tariff Preferences (DFTP) scheme in 2008. DFTP scheme provides duty free treatment to about 98 per cent of tariff lines a...
Residential schooling strategies: impact on girl’s education and empowerment
Knowledge Partnership Programme, 2014
Although there is no definite policy on residential schooling in general or for girls in particular, several residential schooling strategies exist for girls in the public school system in India. There also exist certain small-scale r...
India’s Global Resource Footprint: impact and opportunities
Knowledge Partnership Programme, 2014
Right to food is a fundamental human right, but addressing hunger and under-nutrition are global challenges. Food output must grow by 60 per cent in order to feed a population of nine billion or more by 2050. This paper looks at the g...