IKf D | Initiative Knowledge for Development

Initiative Knowledge for Development – IKfD is a comprehensive cooperation instrument aimed at providing advanced training, research excellence, capacity building and local empowerment. It privileges cooperation with Portuguese Speaking countries, but not excluding others.

It advocates the involvement of R&D units and academic institutions with effective and ongoing activities at an international level, in the development of joint research projects and advanced training, in order to ensure the strengthening of these activities and stimulate the creation of an effective collaboration network in Portugal and these countries.

It includes the relaunch of the Global Science Programme, created in 2011, aimed at scientists and researchers from Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PALOP) and East Timor, through advanced training actions and research programs in Portuguese scientific institutions and universities, in association with teaching, research or development institutions from these countries, in order to ensure the fight against “brain drain” in Africa and pursue social responsibility of national institutions at regional and international level.