Photo Blog: INASP celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 Feb
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INASP Photo of the Month Feb 2017: Sophia Osawe working in the lab on Nigerian baby white blood cells to check immune responses to childhood immunization at University of Cape Town, South Africa. Sophia was a participant of the AuthorAID online course in research-writing, which took place in October-November 2016. ————————————————————————————————————————— A core principle for INASP is to promote equity by actively addressing the needs of both men and women across all of our work. We recognize that many women in the countries where we work often face a greater number of barriers and biases than men in pursuing careers in research and academia. Limited prior education opportunities, the traditional expectations of family and society, unsupportive institutions and a lack of senior female role models are just a few of the challenges that girls and women frequently face. These gender barriers have significant implications for the creation and use of … Continue reading

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AuthorAID partners meeting reveals shared optimism for the future of research capacity building
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AuthorAID partners meeting, Tanzania, December 2016. ——————————————————————————————————————— –  Blog post by Jennifer Chapin, Programme Manager, Research and Communication, AuthorAID In December, for the first time, we held a two-day meeting of the six African AuthorAID partner institutions that are embedding AuthorAID research-writing training into their institutions. Working more closely together will help research institutions in Tanzania and beyond to tackle the many challenges facing African higher education today – challenges such as addressing gender equity, getting research published in reputable and appropriate journals, and training early career researchers in ways that are appropriate for their situations and their institutions. This was one of the highlights of the AuthorAID partners meeting that was held in Dar Es Salaam in December 2016. Our embedding partners represent a cross-section of academics and researchers, ranging from large multi-college universities, to smaller universities that focus on distance education, to research institutes that work closely with … Continue reading

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Evidence Reading: How do governments get great?
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House of the Parliament of Botswana in Gaborone. The paper discussed in this evidence reading cited Botswana as an example of a government that led an impressive transformation resulting in its ranking of Sub-Saharan Africa’s least corrupt nation in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 by Transparency International. – Blog post by Clara Richards, Director of the VakaYiko Consortium and Senior Programme Manager at INASP’s Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team I started reading more about how governments can improve their work and drive positive change because I wanted to know how we at INASP can work with governments to improve their policies by putting research and evidence at the heart of their development agenda. I discovered an endless and exciting literature. However, it is mainly driven by the same authors who are part of the ‘Building State Capability Programme’ , and although they have great insight, it would be good to … Continue reading

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Five free evidence networks to follow
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Networking at VakaYiko Symposium – Blog post by Agnes Becker, EIPM communications support, INASP Learning from international development colleagues who are also passionate about evidence use in policymaking inspires us and helps us feel connected. Networks are a great way of finding out who is doing what, when and where. Here are a few of our favourite free networks (in no particular order): Africa Evidence Network The Africa Evidence Network is a community of people who work in Africa and have an interest in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. The Network includes researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from universities, civil society and governments. The aim of the Network is to link people and activities across various initiatives, organizations and fields working to produce and use better evidence in Africa. The network does this through online communications and conferences. Membership: free www.africaevidencenetwork.org Twitter: @Africa_evidence Research to Action Research to Action … Continue reading

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Using evidence to mainstream gender in policy making
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Gender Centre for Research and Training running a workshop in training to policymakers on mainstreaming gender in development policies and practices. – Blog post by Amira Osman, Co-founder of the Gender Centre for Research and Training, Sudan Gendered evidence is important for policy making because it gives policy makers and development planners a clear picture on the gender needs of the population they are targeting. In recent years, this need has received greater attention. However, there are still numerous barriers and challenges to mainstreaming gender in programmes and policies. To discuss this, a breakout session was held at the VakaYiko symposium in Accra on 5 October 2016. Policy makers, researchers and civil society organisations from countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe joined the discussion. Also present, was a Regional Director from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana, who shared a practical perspective on challenges and … Continue reading

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Evidence Spotlight: Towards better use of evidence in Parliaments – The experience of the Parliament of Uganda?
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John Mugabi Bagonza, Director of the Department of Research Services at Parliament of Uganda, shares the Department’s model with VakaYiko colleagues from Ghana and Zimbabwe at the 2016 VakaYiko Symposium in Accra – Guest Post by Sunday Olishe Etrima, Research Officer-Parliament of Uganda INASP’s Evidence-Informed Policy Making team is working with the Parliament of Uganda to improve the use of evidence in decision-making. Uganda’s constitution places a huge mandate on the Parliament of Uganda to make decisions that serve the interests of the nation and its people. But this is only possible if parliamentary decisions are supported with valid, relevant and well-researched evidence. In other words, decisions must be informed by technical advice built on a strong foundation of evidence and analysis. In the Parliament of Uganda, it is the duty of the Department of Research Services (DRS) to ensure that parliamentary decisions are backed with evidence. The DRS does … Continue reading

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