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Global collaboration platform for the Climate Development Knowledge Network

Enabling realtime information sharing between global sustainable development projects funded by the Department for International Development, with integrated programme management, financial and reporting tools.

The client

The Climate Development Knowledge Network is an organisation that aims to enhance quality of life for people in areas of the world that are most affected by climate change, and it aims to do this by supporting development programmes carried out by both government bodies, charities and NGOs in these regions.

The project

Loft began working with CDKN in 2009 and developed a platform called Compass. By enabling international programmes, individual projects and staff working on the ground to document and share their knowledge, Compass was designed to help improve the efficiency and alignment of sustainable development projects around the world. Through its use, decision-makers on these projects were able to avoid re-inventing the wheel or making the same errors thanks to knowledge shared by others in their field.

With an attractive interface, Compass included a Facebook-like dashboard enabling users to post updates, sharing news, achievements and experiences across the network. Its budgetary and evaluation components meant that programme chiefs could track progress and monitor ROI for funding bodies.

The impact

By providing a simple and intuitive framework for recording relevant information, the platform Loft developed was a strategic success for CKND and its auditor PwC. Compass helped sustainable development bodies reduce admin time spent reporting on projects, and increase time devoted to their valuable work in the field. At the same time, it allowed easier collaboration between projects and programmes, ultimately leading to a better quality of life for millions of people in developing countries.

In their words

“From design phase to completion the Loft team have provided us with excellent products under tight deadlines without compromising on quality or value for money. In addition, the team have been a pleasure to work with.”

— Janet Southern, Project Manager, CDKN

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