Monthly Archives: May 2015

Weekly highlights – 11 May 2015
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1. Staff Highlight “Last week’s Gender Summit in South Africa was an incredibly inspiring encounter with African female scientists who had overcome so many obstacles to success. INASP can and will do more to support their career development, including connecting them with role models in their respective fields.” Julie Brittain, Deputy Executive-Director 2. Updates INASP staff are in Mongolia this week supporting the JOL platform. Follow updates using the hashtag #inaspMN. The TZAP project will welcome its latest Elsevier volunteer on 11 May. The project continues to strengthen of Tanzanian publishing through a range of activities, most recently including the production of videos to document African publishing capacity, which will be released later this month. Ruth Bottomley and Julie Brittain attended the Gender Summit Africa last week in South Africa, along with five female researchers that INASP sponsored to attend the meeting. We are currently reviewing the consequences of the … Continue reading

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Engaging with government: experiences from the VakaYiko programme
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The INASP-led VakaYiko project aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs. In this post, INASP’s Programme Assistant for the Evidence-Informed Policy Making programme, Shahenda Suliman, discusses some experiences from the VakaYiko programme of engaging with governmental institutions. Managed by INASP, VakaYiko is a three-year project involving five organizations working as a consortium in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first year of the VakaYiko project witnessed the organizations establish and maintain working relationships with the following institutions in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe: Ghana: The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) South Africa: The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Zimbabwe: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce; the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment; and the Parliament of Zimbabwe During the consortium’s quarterly meetings, the organizations discussed their early experiences attempting to secure engagement with these various institutions, and some common themes began to … Continue reading

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