Monthly Archives: May 2015

Nepal’s earthquake recovery needs local knowledge
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  As a long-time supporter of Nepalese academics, INASP was deeply saddened to learn of the country’s devastating recent earthquakes. We have been pleased to hear news that our partners are safe, and are playing crucial roles in the ongoing relief effort. With aid and volunteers flooding into urban and rural Nepal, it is essential that local knowledge informs reconstruction efforts. INASP’s NepJOL has fostered Nepalese research on a wide range of sustainability issues, including natural hazards such as earthquakes. One by Harihar Paudyal in 2012 warned that the region was “highly compressed”, with dire potential consequences for future seismic activity. Another by Bijaya K. Shrestha in 2005 detailed how poor urban planning has exacerbated Kathmandu’s vulnerability to tremors, with the author spotlighting “haphazard urban (re)development in the historic core area.” Beyond local knowledge, much can also be learned from other developing countries. Nearby Bangladesh also suffers from earthquakes, and INASP’s BanglaJOL … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 26 May 2015
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Staff highlight “I was hugely impressed by my first INASP trip to Mongolia. It illuminated how each country in which we work has a unique history that informs its research culture. Mongolia has a relatively high number of female researchers, particularly in medicine, perhaps due to the emphasis on gender equality during its Soviet occupation, and the agency of women within its traditional nomadic way of life.” Daniel West, Communications Support, INASP Updates We have just published a Storify of the recent Journals Online workshop in Mongolia. INASP’s Andy Nobes has been at the eLearning Africa Conference in Addis Adaba last week as part of his new role as leading the administration of INASP’s online courses. There is a new INASP factsheet for Zimbabwe produced to tie in with Emma Farrow’s visit there last week for workshops on library marketing and advocacy and Emily Hayter’s visit this week for evidence-informed … Continue reading

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Tanzanian publishing workshops consider copyright and ethics
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Maaike Duine is Project Manager of the Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing (TZAP) project. In this latest blog post, she reflects on recent workshops on the topics of copyright and plagiarism One of the main goals of the Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing (TZAP) project is to increase the quality of Tanzanian research output. In order to achieve this goal, TZAP’s partners organized a forum to discuss intellectual property (IP) policies at Tanzanian universities and research institutes. The Tanzania Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH, one of the project’s partners) is working with universities to register their research. As the Tanzanian government wants the country to focus on translational research, all universities should include a section on licensing or commercializing their technology in their research policy. A few universities already have a policy in place, but most of them do not. COSTECH is working with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to raise awareness … Continue reading

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Policy makers sharing online spaces: an opportunity to learn and foster a culture of use of knowledge in politics
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Following their first post, Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics & Ideas provide further information about learning from the development of their online course aimed at building the capacity of Latin American policy makers to use, and promote the use of, knowledge in policy making. Selecting a promising group of participants As already shared in previous posts at P&I, our think net launched a call last February to engage Latin American policy makers interested in promoting the use of knowledge in their organizations through their participation in an online course. We received more than 350 applications from most of the countries of our region and were then faced with the challenge of selecting only 25 of them to fill the available spots. For that purpose, we used a mix of criteria such as geographic diversity, experience in the use of research/evidence in their working environments, needs and motivations to … Continue reading

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Training helps embed EIPM into Ghanaian government practices
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The VakaYiko Consortium has recently concluded a nine-day evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) training course at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra, Ghana. CSTC is the official training centre of the Ghanaian government, offering more than 60 courses to in-service personnel at all levels of the Civil Service. The EIPM course will be embedded within the Centre’s suite of courses, making it available to civil servants across the government in the years to come. Mid-level civil servants play a key role in policy formulation in Ghana. In preparing briefs, memos and reports on a wide range of issues from gender based violence to petroleum smuggling, fisheries policy and telecommunications systems, participants are on the front lines of the process of gathering evidence and communicating it to decision makers. However, as the Head of Civil Service, Nana K. Agyekum Dwamena, said in his opening address, “the analysis that should go … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 18 May 2015
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1. Staff Highlight “As a part of the pilot project ‘Network of Trainers’ and after having attended a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop, 20 librarian trainers from Ghana and Uganda are actively involved in an online community of practice. INASP’s Network of Trainers is a community platform for librarian trainers that aims to stimulate discussion and encourage the sharing of learning and practices on how to develop and use learner-centred skills in their training and/or teaching. Most of the trainers are engaged and have started their own discussion threads, shared experiences and given constructive feed-back to their colleagues.” Dr Laura-Elena Runceanu, Training Strategy Coordinator 2. Selected news and updates Twitter: INASP staff have had a successful week in Mongolia with the 1st Journal Quality workshop. Tweet example: “One of the challenges of being a #Mongolian journal editor is having a limited pool of reviewers who speak Mongolian #inaspMN #peerreview”. See more … Continue reading

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