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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 Leadership

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

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

ZHAO Changwen, 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)

WEI Jigang, Vice-President of CIKD (Deputy Director-General)

ZHANG Jin, 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.

EXTERNAL GOVERNANCE

The Expert Advisory Committee consists of renowned foreign and Chinese experts and scholars and related Chinese government ministries. It provides consultancy to CIKD on its business focus and operations, 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 cooperation among various stakeholders about financial resources and practical experience.

The Council for the Earmarked Fund consists of representatives from the supervisor, manager, user and the donors. It makes decisions on fund management and planning.

INTERNAL GOVERNANCE: FUNCTIONAL DIVISIONS

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

Division of Operations: Party affairs; human resources; foreign affairs; administration; financing; asset management; registry; procurement.

Division of General Affairs: to draft strategies of internationalization, informationalization, and major documents; to create and maintain a database of Chinese and international development research agencies and experts; to communicate with the Council and the two committees; to report, monitor and evaluate major projects and affairs.

Division of Research Organization: to establish and maintain a literature database, a case database, and a statistical database of China’s development; to pool Chinese and international research resources to conduct studies on China’s development and transnational comparative studies; to compile China’s progress reports on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Division of Outreach and Communication: to facilitate international exchange and communication of China’s development experience and transnational comparative studies; to organize exchange activities of studies on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and international development; to undertake institutionalized exchanges assigned by the Development Research Center of the State Council; to plan and arrange visiting activities.

Division of Information Management: to organize and manage institutional informationalization; to provide IT services and supports for research and exchange projects; to compile, collect, edit and publish knowledge products and draft relevant plans.

Division of Training and Consulting Services: to study and develop effective means of training; to organize training programs on development practices in China; to establish and maintain a reservoir of teaching resources and an alumni network; to develop effective means of consulting services; to provide consulting services on socioeconomic development and international development cooperation.

INTERNAL GOVERNANCE: PROJECT TEAMS

CIKD executes tasks through Project Teams. Illustrative research and exchange projects for 2020-2021 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 );

Experience and Implications of China’s Development Zones from Innovation Perspective

( in cooperation with UNIDO and other agencies );

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 2021

( 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 Experiences and Cases

( 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 );

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

Postcode: 100176

Fax: +8601057512300

Email: info@cikd.org