No country can reach sustainable social, political and economic development without embracing knowledge generation and dissemination.
This was revealed by Dr Andreas Brandner, the founder of the Vienna, Austria based Knowledge City; a now global organization that looks at fostering the use of knowledge based solutions to overcome challenges that countries face.
Brandener was in Kampala on July 3 to launch the Agenda Knowledge for Uganda. Kampala and Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, are the only two cities in East Africa that have embraced the knowledge agenda.
“We need new knowledge to be able to find solutions to our major challenges. Is it health, is it education, infrastructure…Talk about individuals, companies or governments, all of them need this knowledge,” Bradner, who is a world leading advocate for knowledge management and sustainable knowledge societies, said.
He added that development that is anchored on knowledge is not only sustainable but also must be inclusive of everyone in society.
“Governments, companies and international organizations must realize that inclusivity brings more prosperity not only for individuals but for society as a whole,” Bradner said.
Mary Suzan Abbo, the managing director of Knowledge Hub Uganda Ltd, who were the host of the Knowledge Partnership meeting that was held at Makerere University with support from the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Uganda Health Communication Network, said knowledge is a critical resource in solving all societal issues.
She said whether it concerns education, climate change, human rights, health, water, science or energy, knowledge generation and management is key.
“You can’t have happy citizens who have access to good health care, education and clean water, among others, when they are not knowledgeable. This is a new effort that we think should be supported by everybody because we know for a fact that knowledge enhances development,” Abbo said.
Participants in the meeting drawn from government departments, civil society, the academia, and the private sector all welcomed the initiative of knowledge-based solutions.