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Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a mega initiative designed to support developing countries in tackling the challenges posed by Climate Change. CDKN was launched on 11 March 2010 by the UK Department for International Development [DFID] for an initial five-year period. However, the impact it generated resulted in its extension for a further two years.

The project  is managed by an alliance of organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Overseas DevelopmentInstituteFundaciónFuturoLatinamericanoSouthSouthNorth and INTRAC. LEAD Pakistan is acting as CDKN’s Asia secretariat. LEAD CEO Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is Asia Director of CDKN as well as the member of the Governing Council. He also heads LEAD’s Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN) that gives him access to over 2000 experts in the field.

The CDKN team brings together a wide range of experience across the fields of Climate Change and development, research, policy development, knowledge management, networking and capacity-building, as well as substantial expertise in the management of global initiatives.

CDKN has four components, all important for developing countries like Pakistan:


CDKN commissions new policy-relevant applied research that responds directly to demands from developing country decision-makers. In the process, the Network aims to strengthen research capacity of the developing countries and build more effective national and international research networks. Leading Climate Change and development researchers form an expert Research Advisory Panel to peer review the Network’s research and ensure high quality standards.

Technical Assistance & Advisory Program: 

The program provides tailored and demand-driven technical support to developing countries’ governments and other decision-makers to: increase the integration of climate resilient and low carbon growth in policymaking, planning and implementation, and increase institutional capacity to leverage Climate Change financing resources to achieve maximum impact. A rapid response service for high priority, time-critical assistance needs is also provided.

Knowledge Management: 

Access to reliable evidence is central to formulating an effective response to the development challenges of Climate Change. Effective knowledge sharing is a fundamental pillar of the CDKN project.

Although a mass of information is available, it is often hard to find what you need or make sense of it. The Knowledge Management portfolio shaped by the demands emerging at the country level which tries to fill gaps and connect to existing initiatives, rather than duplicate them. The latest online communication tools, organise face-to-face events and use print, video and other formats to reach different audiences are utilised for this purpose.


Partnerships are central to the development of the CDKN project, and support all elements of our work, from technical assistance to knowledge sharing and research. CDKN sources the best expertise from across the worldto help to build capacity where needed, and foster long term collaborative relationships. The approach is to build on existing networks and collaborate with organisations and individuals around the globe – enabling innovation and minimizing duplication, scale up impact, and maximise resources and for the building of a robust and dynamic ‘Knowledge Architecture”. CDKN is working closely with the regional hubs, finding out who the key players are in the regions, bringing those parties together, and supporting the ideas, initiatives and innovations that result from the interactions.

For more details, please visit www.cdkn.org.