Power of Knowledge Event 2022

The first edition of this annual event was held on 1 September 2022. This year’s theme was ‘Walking the talk on equitable partnerships’.

The event was held in Amsterdam, Beirut, and Johannesburg. We co-hosted and co-created this event with KIT Royal Tropical Institute and EthiXPERT in South Africa. Like us, both organisations strongly believe in the power of knowledge to inspire more inclusive and sustainable societies.

This symposium brought together representatives from national and international governments, policy organisations, think tanks, philanthropic organisations, corporations, and non-governmental organisations from around the globe. Together, we examined 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.

You can watch the inspirational keynote speeches that kickstarted the event in Beirut in the video below.

Program – a look back

We kicked off the day with keynote addresses from our inspiring speakers, Dayna Ash and Dr. Vivienne Badaan who are committed to decolonizing knowledge and are striving hard in their own arenas to forge promising and equal partnerships.

This keynote speeches were followed by facilitated workshops in which challenges in decolonizing knowledge and making their knowledge partnerships more fair and inclusive were presented, discussed, and debated. In discussion with the audience, the facilitator put together recommendations that were shared and discussed with the panelists at the plenary before the closing address.

Thank you for your insights and input

Throughout the day, there were plenty of opportunities for the participants to share their experiences and ideas. We have documented your suggestions on how we can harness the power of knowledge for more equitable partnerships and we hope to share this agenda of change with you soon.

About our Co-Hosts

KIT Royal Tropical Institute

The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) believes in an inclusive and sustainable world in which no one is left behind. Our mission is to engage the power of knowledge and hospitality to foster partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable world. The importance of equality, equity, and moving away from the traditional North-South relationship in development cooperation is a key discussion point in our current work. Although the discussions around this theme have already started taking place, the challenges in implementing changes in the field of research and knowledge production need more attention. Therefore, KIT will co-host a one-day annual symposium that brings together representatives from national and international governments and policy organs, think-thanks, corporates, philanthropists, NGO practitioners, and knowledge organizations from around the globe. These diverse actors assemble with the aim to present their latest insights and freshest ideas and engage their peers to learn, inspire and engage in unlocking the power of knowledge for a sustainable and inclusive world.


This organisation is based in Pretoria, South Africa. It is a Not-for-Profit company that was established to build capacity for health research ethics in and for Africa. EthiXPERT’s main mandate is to build responsible and ethical research capacity in and for Africa through provision of training and development of relevant tools to facilitate knowledge and skill building for and with stakeholders in health and social research in Africa. Specifically, EthiXPERT aims to build and strengthen partnership with stakeholders by building capacity and promoting sound ethical standards for research and  responsible conduct of research.

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