LKD Facility

Learning and Knowledge Development Facility


Vienna hosts annual workshop on public private development partnerships and the future of industrial skills

November 29, 2017

More than 40 representatives of the private and public sectors, donor agencies and vocational training centers met at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna this week for the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility’s (LKDF) annual meeting.

Organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the two-day event was dedicated to sharing best practices and lessons learnt from these partnerships across the globe, in particular in developing countries. This year’s event took a forward-looking approach, by encouraging participants to think about the current changes in the industrial landscape and how the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility partners could best address such changes.

“UNIDO’s LKDF provides a ready-made, effective model to cooperate with the private sector”, stated H.E. Hannu Kyröläinen, Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna. Mr. Per Einar Tröften, from the Swedish International Development Agency, added that “there would be no knowledge generation without a strong partnership with the private sector”.

UNIDO’s LKDF seeks to promote industrial skills development among young people in emerging economies. In particular, the facility supports the establishment and upgrading of local industrial training academies to help meet the labour market’s increasing demand for skilled employees.

Under this initiative, partnerships have been formed with public bodies and business sector companies, for the creation of vocational training programs in Iraq, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia and Liberia.

“More companies should get involved and contribute to PPDPs and the LKDF”, said Mr. Teppo Kettula, CEO of Aika Group, and a partner of a development project in South Africa.

For more information on public-private development partnerships (PPDPs), please contact:

Virpi Stucki
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer