What is LKDF?


The Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF), initiated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), promotes green industrial skills among young people in developing countries.

By supporting the establishment and upgrading of local industrial training academies in close partnership with the private sector, LKDF helps to meet labor markets' increasing demand for skilled employees, while at the same time contributing to inclusive industrial development.


How does it work?


LKDF has three core components. The learning and development component helps capturing best practices and  sharing lessons learned.

The management training component provides support and guidance to train managers and decision makers within the host country’s educational training system.

The project development component contributes to LKDF’s long-term success by supporting companies in developing Public Private Development Partnerships (PPDPs).


How can I join?


Our aim is to grow. At this stage, LKDF can be joined by companies, organizations and existing PPDP projects.

To learn more LKDF membership options, contact LKDF Management directly via email or refer to the FAQs.

Once we have received your membership request, final acceptance is subject to approval by the Project Steering Committee, which has representation from each of the partners and acts much like a company’s board of directors.


About us


  • To systematically learn from PPDPs that target industrial skills development
  • To develop a framework for such partnerships and to promote this type of collaboration
  • To disseminate gathered knowledge and lessons learnt for the greater public good


Our vision is to equip youth in developing countries and countries in transition with industrial skills and know-how. Thereby we aim to counteract unemployment and poverty.


Establish, in partnership with global manufacturing companies, training academies for the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in order to expand access of youth to labour markets.

Our Partners