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Monthly Archives: April 2015
Politics & Ideas (P&I) is a joint initiative of researchers and professionals to co-produce and share knowledge on the link between ideas and policy in developing countries. As part of the VakaYiko project, INASP is providing P&I with a grant to develop an online course aimed at developing the capacity of Latin American policy makers to use, and promote the use of, knowledge in policy making. In this post, first published on the P&I blog in October, Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from P&I shared their learning from the development of this online course. They called for policy makers to contribute with ideas on how would like to be supported in promoting a vivid culture of using evidence in policy making. The purpose was to give more voice to Southern policy makers to co-build a new capacity development agenda, and collect inputs to define the approach of the course, design … Continue reading
Each week we collect together highlights from across INASP’s work. Here are some of the things we communicated about over the past week. Staff Highlight “We were delighted to see the Civil Service Training Centre pilot course launch in Accra, Ghana last week. There was plenty of lively discussion and reflection on the use of information in informing policy. The sessions also benefitted from the valuable insights of some key external speakers from the University of Ghana and CSIR.” Emily Hayter, Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making Updates Several new Learning, Reflections and Innovations articles have recently been published: Developing information-resource skills trainers in Vietnam, Improving IT infrastructure to ensure better access to research and Supporting the digital readiness of library science graduates. Ruth Bottomley and Julie Brittain are at the Gender Summit Africa this week in South Africa, along with five female researchers that INASP is sponsoring to attend the … Continue reading
Each week we collect together highlights from across INASP’s work. Here are some of the things we communicated about over the past week. 1. Staff Highlight “I am proud of the recent rollout of our online course ‘Copyright and Licensing of Research Publications’ for a group of librarians in Ghana who are associated with CARLIGH (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana). The course was offered for a four-week duration on INASP Moodle, our online learning platform. The participants completed lessons, took quizzes to check their understanding, and contributed to structured discussions on matters such as clauses in publishers’ licences, copyright abuse, and raising awareness of copyright and licensing within their institution. The course was completed by 21 participants and the feedback has been very positive. I hope that this course will reach many more consortia and librarians in the developing world.” Ravi Murugesan, INASP Associate 2. Updates Some … Continue reading
ZEIPNET and INASP recently piloted the first module of VakaYiko’s evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) course with parliamentary researchers in Zimbabwe. The training benefitted enormously from provocative addresses by Mr Willie Ganda, Director of Research Development & Innovation at the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. Speaking in a personal capacity, Mr Ganda shared a number of insights from his own work and study experience in Zimbabwe and the UK. The Importance of Processes Mr Ganda emphasized the need for institutional mechanisms to fight personal interests which can have an enormous influence on policy. For example, he pointed out that in Zimbabwe, where many policymakers own cattle, the penalties for stealing cows are disproportionately high, even in comparison with violent crime. A cattle thief will automatically be jailed for nine years, while the crime of rape does not carry any mandatory jail term and rapists can get … Continue reading
The Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) team at INASP has been working on a small grants scheme that supports individuals and organisations working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase the use of research evidence in policy making. In this post, EIPM Programme Assistant, Shahenda Suliman, discusses the first round of grants. As part of the VakaYiko project, the small grants scheme supports individuals and organisations working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase the use of research evidence in policy making. Funded by DFID and managed by INASP, the scheme was developed with the aim of identifying and sharing new and effective approaches to strengthening research use. We were particularly interested in identifying approaches derived from the practical experiences of individuals in and from the Global South. After reviewing over 200 applications, the EIPM team realised that any ingenuity was perhaps more likely to emerge from … Continue reading