Gender Mainstreaming in Higher education: Learning from our experiences
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– Blog post by Professor Flora Fabian, University of Dodoma, Tanzania In this blog, Professor Flora Fabian from the University of Dodoma, Tanzania shares her experience of working with INASP and explains how an AuthorAID workshop helped the process of mainstreaming gender issues at her university in Tanzania. INASP has recently launched Gender Mainstreaming in Higher education toolkit, which is an easy-to-use resource for institutions interested in tackling gender inequality in higher education. I am very delighted to see this publication out at a very crucial time for us. This toolkit builds on our experiences in training on gender awareness for academics. It contains many of  the tools that we used during the gender workshop held at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania in August 2015. The experience we gained in this workshop has been an inspitation for us to develop this toolkit. As a group of female academics at … Continue reading

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The importance of self-awareness in addressing unconscious bias
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–  Blog post by Vanessa Fairhurst, Programme Assistant, INASP The question is not “do we have bias?” but rather “which are ours?” – Howard Ross We all like to think we are open-minded and non-judgemental. In fact each of us tends to believe we are more fair and hold less prejudice than the average person. However, unconscious bias is something that affects us all. Our brains are wired to see patterns in order to quickly make sense of the complexities of life; a skill which helped our ancestors in distinguishing from friend and foe. These patterns are learned from birth; our biases and preferences shaped by the people around us, cultural norms and our personal experiences. Our brain is a complex machine, constantly processing vast amounts of information, like a computer with thousands of tabs open simultaneously, so we use these patterns as mental shortcuts to provide order and aid decision … Continue reading

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How publishers can support consortia through collaboration
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INASP associate Dianne Miles with representatives from INASP’s consortium partner, Aurea, Honduras.

INASP Associate Dianne Miles has worked with a range of publishers and library consortia for many years. In this post, she recommends some ways that publishers and consortia can build mutually beneficial collaborations Continue reading

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Learning and reflection underpin INASP’s strategy and approaches
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INASP is a strongly reflective organization, responding to challenges by listening and learning as we go along. INASP’s new five-year strategy is a milestone along our learning journey, writes Philip Horgan. Continue reading

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In their own words: CSTC Trainers Discuss VakaYiko’s EIPM Course
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Ebenezer Rexford Amankwah and Anna Ofori are trainers from the Ghana Civil Service Training Centre who participated in delivering VakaYiko’s Evidence-Informed Policy Making Course. Ebenezer also acted as the coordinator between CSTC and the VakaYiko programme, working closely with GINKS. Nana Gyamfi is a Senior Accountant at CSTC and is also involved in traditional leadership as a chief of his community. He participated in the course first as a participant and has since become a trainer.
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Supporting the use of research and knowledge in policy making
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Participants at the 2016 VakaYiko Symposium in Ghana.

INASP is known for strengthening the research and knowledge systems. For almost 25 years, we have been working with different part of this system so it can function as a whole: librarians, publishers, researchers, academics, IT services and their institutions in many countries. More recently, since 2009, we have been incorporating a further key component of the research and knowledge system: the policymakers and other users who need access to knowledge to make better decisions. This group is an important part of INASP’s new five-year strategy, as Clara Richards explains. Continue reading

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