The Global Knowledge Index (GKI) from Knowledge4All has emerged as a replacement to the World Bank's well known Knowledge Economy Index, 2012. The purpose of the GKI is to capture the multidimensional nature of knowledge (often linked to related concepts such as 'knowledge economy' or 'knowledge society') and help guide policymakers and researchers in their efforts to foster knowledge-based societies and bridge knowledge gaps that help propel development and economic growth.
  • The GKI is a joint initiative between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF). The index measures the knowledge performance of countries based on each country's general 'enabling environment' as well as seven other components: pre-university education, technical and vocational education and training, higher education, research, development and innovation, information and communications technology, and the economy.
  • Whereas the World Bank index was primarily focused on the components that directly related to the knowledge economy formation, the GKI goes beyond the economic aspect and encompasses the factors of education, economy, innovation, and the enabling environment.

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