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What Are Knowledge Hubs?

Group Photo from the High-Level Meeting: Towards Country-Led Knowledge Hubs in Bali, Indonesia July 2012

Knowledge Hubs are institutions or networks that enable countries to learn systematically by sharing and exchanging development experiences with domestic and international partners in order to accelerate development.

In broad terms, there are two types of Knowledge Hubs.

Some are National Knowledge Hubs , which usually act as central coordination agencies, hosted traditionally at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They cover a certain range of, if not all, sectors and themes on which solutions can be exchanged and involve mostly governmental institutions of a country, such as line ministries, sector institutions or thematic centers of excellence. These hubs stand for a broad effort to channel knowledge to and from partners abroad and among domestic players. As such, they are often coordinating with thematic knowledge hubs as implementing entities.

Others are Thematic Knowledge Hubs, which focus on specific solutions in distinct sectors and areas, such as agriculture, climate change, public health or social protection. Institutional models are very diverse, depending on the specific national and sector context, and range from departments in line ministries, to cross-country Communities of Practice. Thematic knowledge hubs are usually practitioner-driven and tend to proactively involve broad groups of specialized actors, including central governments, local authorities, academia, the private sector, and civil society organizations.