Climate Knowledge Brokers Group

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What is the CKB Group?

The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group is an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information. It brings together a diverse set of information players, from international organisations to research institutes, NGOs and good practice networks, and covers the full breadth of climate related themes. The focus is on primarily online initiatives, and those that play an explicit knowledge brokerage role, rather than being simply institutional websites.

Its goal is to improve access to climate information by coordinating and orchestrating the efforts of climate knowledge brokers. It works by:

  • Developing common tools: so climate data can be searched and shared efficiently, and users can identify quickly which websites and content is most relevant for them.
  • Initiating joint projects: to connect up different websites, test out innovations and generate new thinking on how to best meet user needs.
  • Supporting peer learning: providing opportunities for knowledge brokers to meet each other face-to-face, share the challenges they are facing, and compare experience of which approaches work best.
  • Building capacity: offering hands-on advice to new initiatives being set up, so they can benefit from the wealth of experience within the group.
  • Providing leadership: creating a focal point and a voice for the community as a whole, so the vital role of climate knowledge brokers is understood and championed.


The CKB Group was formed in 2011 at a workshop held in Eschborn, Germany, to explore the scope for closer collaboration between online knowledge brokers working in the climate and development sectors. Convened by CDKN, GIZ and PIK-Potsdam, it brought together 21 leading web initiatives. The workshop proved highly successful, demonstrating a keen appetite for closer collaboration and generating a range of ideas on how to make this happen in practice. A second meeting was held in Bonn in May 2012 to take this agenda forward, and a follow-up workshop was held in Washington, in November 2012, hosted by the World Bank. The third annual CKB workshop was held in Bonn in June 2013. The next workshop will be held in October 2014 in Brighton, UK.

The CKB Group has developed a range of collaborative projects, all aimed at making reliable climate and development information more accessible to users. It communicates via a LinkedIn discussion group and is coordinated by a Steering Group chaired by Geoff Barnard of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

The Group had its public launch at a special side event at COP19, in Warsaw. Entitled "Transforming Information into Knowledge and Climate Action" it featured presentations on the four challenges that the CKB Group is working together to address:

  • Really understanding user needs
  • Pointing users to the right platform
  • Connecting up platforms
  • Avoiding reinventing the wheel

A video of the event was made by IISD Reporting Services, thanks to sponsorship from GIZ.

Find out more

The rationale and origins of the CKB Group are described in this short introduction.

This wiki is a shared workspace for members of the CKB Group, hosted by OpenEI. For reports on the various Workshops, snapshot presentations on the various initiatives that make up the CKB Group, and information on the range of collaborative projects that have been undertaken, and the innovative shared tool that have been developed, click on the menu bar above.

If you are a climate knowledge broker and are interested in joining the group, or finding out more, please contact the CKB Coordination Hub, hosted by REEEP:

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