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“China will establish a center for international knowledge on development to research and communicate with other countries on development theories and practices suitable to their respective national conditions.”

-Chinese President Xi Jinping, 2015
Message from the President

Founded in March 2017, The Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD) was first announced in President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 2015 UN Development Summit. In August 2017, CIKD was officially launched and received congratulatory letters from both President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General António Guterres. President Xi emphasized in his letter that CIKD should actively contribute to researching and communicating development wisdom, promoting international development cooperation, and pushing forward the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (2030 Agenda). Secretary General António Guterres said in his letter that the partnership between CIKD and multiple UN agencies would promote knowledge sharing, exchange of experiences and the advancement of thought leadership.

CIKD strives to research and communicate with other countries on development theories and practices suitable to their respective national conditions with reference to China’s development experience. Upholding the values of “scientific integrity, multiple perspectives, and mutual learning”, CIKD would promote international development cooperation and communication through multiple ways and approaches and contribute Chinese wisdom on development and Chinese solutions to sustainable development.

Keeping its mission firmly in mind and in seeking to fulfill its aims and principles, CIKD seeks to be a high-quality researcher and effective communicator of China’s development knowledge and a key member of the global knowledge network for development. “The road before us is long and winding. Depart now and we shall be arriving.” I believe that by pooling Chinese and international resources, CIKD could strengthen the foundation of China’s development knowledge and make important and unique contributions to the sharing of development wisdoms, the promotion of international development cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to all institutions and individuals who have given support to the Center for International Knowledge on Development.

Party Secretary of DRC

President of CIKD

BACKGROUND

The Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD) was officially launched in August 2017. CIKD was announced in President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 2015 UN Development Summit. CIKD is an independent institution affiliated with the Development Research Center of the State Council, P.R. China (DRC). President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent congratulatory letters to the launching ceremony.

VISION

To be a key member of the global knowledge network for development and a competent researcher and effective communicator of China’s development knowledge.

MISSION

CIKD is mandated to research and communicate Chinese development knowledge for global development. Its main functions include:

• To pool Chinese and international research resources;

• To undertake research on development theories and practices;

• To organize exchange of research findings on international development issues, including the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“2030 Agenda”).

To put it together, CIKD strives to research and communicate with other countries on development theories and practices suitable to their respective national conditions with reference to China’s development experience. It aims to make important contributions to the sharing of development wisdom, the promotion of international development cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

VALUES

Scientific Integrity: We believe that knowledge is developed from practices and from comparison, placing great emphasis on collaboration with practitioners and international partners.

Multiple Perspectives: We believe that development is a complex and dynamic system, placing great emphasis on multi-perspective analysis and voices of various stakeholders.

Mutual Learning: We believe that individual countries and nations have equal rights to development, placing great emphasis on mutual learning and common development.

LEADERSHIP

MA Jiantang, President of CIKD (Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of DRC)

ZHANG Laiming, Chief Vice-President of CIKD (Vice Minister of DRC)

GONG Sen, Executive Vice-President of CIKD (Director-General)

JIANG Xiheng, Vice-President of CIKD (Deputy Director-General)

WANG Xiongjun, Vice-President of CIKD (Deputy Director-General)

ZHANG Liang, Vice-President of CIKD (Deputy Director-General)

ORGANIZATION

Two Advisory Boards would impart the recommendation and resource to CIKD on organization operation and development. CIKD adopts a matrix organizational structure. The staff members are grouped according to their functions and projects in charge, with project teams as the main management approach.

ADVISORY STRUCTURE

CIKD is about to establish a Council of Advisors to mobilize technical and financial resources for institutional development and business operation. The Council will consist of about 30 resource personnel chosen from around the world, of which half would be business leaders and the other half would be government officials or experts with an international outlook.

The Council will be divided into two committees:

The Expert Advisory Committee consists of renowned related Chinese government ministries, foreign and Chinese experts. It provides strategic guidance to CIKD on its business focus and operations. It advises CIKD in making strategic and business development plans and provides intellectual support to institutional capacity building of CIKD.

The Partnership Committee consists of representatives from international and Chinese enterprises, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, as well as foundations. It facilitates communication among various stakeholders about cooperation and resource-pooling.

INTERNAL ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT:

FUNCTIONAL DIVISIONS

CIKD adopts a matrix organizational structure. The staff members are grouped by functional area and by project, with project grouping as the main management approach. Seven functional divisions are as follows:

Division of Operations: strategic planning and annual planning; Party affairs; human resources; research management; accounting; asset management; logistics.

Research Division for Knowledge Synthesis: to study China’s development theories and practices; to establish a literature database, a case database, and a statistical database; to compile China’s progress reports on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Research Division for Knowledge Applicability: to promote China’s development knowledge transfer; to accept experts and scholars from selected countries to participate in the studies of China’s development experience and to conduct trans-national comparative studies; to mainstream China’s development practices and theories into international development cooperation and the global implementation of the sustainable development agenda.

Division of Training and Communications: to develop effective means for training and communications; to develop and deliver training programs on good development practices in China; to establish and maintain a reservoir of teaching resources and an alumni network; to conduct information management, including CIKD’s website and social media; to liaise and coordinate with Chinese and international media; to oversee media coverage and other advocacy materials; to promote the communication of knowledge products, and to monitor and analyze feedback.

Division of International Development Research Exchange: to organize exchanging activities of studies on the implementation of the 2030 agenda and international development cooperation; to undertake institutionalized exchanges assigned by the Development Research Center.

Division of Consulting Services: to assess knowledge product demand; to develop effective means for providing consulting services to both Chinese and international clients; to provide consulting services for developing nations and international organizations on issues of socioeconomic development and international development cooperation; to share writing experience and skills relating to consulting reports and analytical reports.

Division of Coordination and Partnership: to study fundraising strategies, approaches, and sources; to communicate with the Council and the three committees; to create and maintain a database of Chinese and international development research agencies and experts; to coordinate multilateral and bilateral knowledge-sharing mechanisms; to arrange international exchange visits.

INTERNAL ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT: PROJECT TEAMS

CIKD executes tasks through Project Teams. Illustrative research and exchange projects for 2019-2020 include:

Research on Poverty Reduction in China—Lessons for the World and the Way Ahead (a joint project of Chinese Ministry of Finance, Development Research Center of the State Council and the World Bank, implemented by CIKD);

Research on China’s Urbanization Experience and its Implications for Selected African Countries (a special research project under the DFID-DRC Partnership Programme on Knowledge for Development, with CIKD as the Chinese implementing agency);

Research on Functional Roles and Structural Analysis of the Chinese Communist Party in Economic and Social Development and its Policy Implication (designed and implemented by CIKD);

Research on Progress and Experience of China’s Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (in cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies);

Sustainable Development Forum 2019 (guided by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly hosted by DRC, UN Agencies and Beijing Municipal Government, and organized by CIKD)

Seminar on China’s Development Practices and Case Studies (a training project supported by Chinese Foreign Aid, implemented by CIKD);

Seminar on China’s Urbanization Experience and its Implications for Selected African Countries (a sub-project under the DFID-DRC Partnership Programme on Knowledge for Development, with CIKD as the Chinese implementing agency)

Workshop on Early Childhood Development Experience for China and Countries along the Belt and Road in cooperation with UNICEF and other agencies);

Knowledge Exchanges on China’s Development Experience and its Applicability (in cooperation with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other multilateral development banks)

CONTACT

Center for International Knowledge on Development, China (CIKD)

Address: World Harmony House, Beijing, China

Fax: +861057512395

Email: info@cikd.org