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Interweaving Knowledge Systems Through Sustainability Governance

Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)


Knowledge Systems; Knowledge Brokerage; Sustainability Governance; K4DP; KM4Dev; SDGs; UN; UN Agenda 2030; UNDP


In the UN (United Nations) and its agencies, a knowledge broker is defined as a “builder of capacities and facilitator of exchanges in the global development debate” in order to realize development outcomes (UNDP 2014). The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) emphasizes its own role as knowledge broker connecting solutions seekers with providers and transmitting existing practical knowledge and expertise from practitioners, as laid down in its knowledge management strategy framework 2014–2017 (UNDP 2014). The main contributions of knowledge brokerage are seen as: (i). identifying, capturing, disseminating, and applying lessons learned from past projects and initiatives; ii. strengthening knowledge exchange and networking, through corporate social networking and thematic communities of practice; iii. fostering openness and public engagement...

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João MoraisMourato acknowledges the financial support of the Portuguese Fundacão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) through the FCT science employment contract at ICS ULisboa – ref. N.° 7/2019/NT-GH-01

Alexandra Bussler acknowledges the financial support of the Portuguese Fundacão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) through the doctoral scholarship with ICS ULisboa – ref. SFRH/BD/143942/2019

Fronika de Wit acknowledges the financial support of the Portuguese Fundacão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) through the doctoral scholarship with ICS ULisboa – ref. SFRH/BD/129274/2017

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Mourato, J., Bussler, A., de Wit, F. (2020). Interweaving Knowledge Systems Through Sustainability Governance. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Wall, T. (eds) Partnerships for the Goals. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

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