Monthly Archives: June 2015

#inaspPrinciples for publishers 4 & 5: Pricing and sales, be realistic and predictable
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Principle #4 Think medium to long term on pricing Principle #5: Be realistic about sales expectations – where increases are needed, make these affordable, incremental and predictable In the last few posts we’ve covered a range of issues: varying levels of infrastructure; the day-to-day challenges of getting things done; the importance of working through the consortia that countries are striving to develop. We deliberately started with these issues because they’re the all-too-important context that can get lost in conversations that begin with price. But of course price matters, and it’s one of the biggest concerns for INASP’s partners, particularly as some begin to take on the negotiating role that INASP has played for many years. Our final two principles both tackle the finances so we’re grouping them together in this post. Competing for limited funding As we discussed in Principle 1, research and higher education are growing in many of … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples for publishers 3: Avoid making sudden changes
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– for full list of the principles see here – I’ve had the privilege of travelling to many of the countries in which INASP works. In most of the cities I have visited, I find that my hosts have a kind of inverse pride in their traffic jams. I have been told that the jams are worst in Dhaka, in Nairobi, in Hanoi, in Dar es Salaam… I wouldn’t put it to the vote, but I have sat in hot cars for many hours in all those cities. And that was in a car, not reliant on public transport which may or may not show up, or have space. This affects the ability of people to plan ahead; even with allowances for the “jams”, one cannot set arrival times with any confidence. It also limits the number of places one can plan to get to in a day, so we … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 23 June 2015
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Staff quote “We are really looking forward to this year’s Publishers for Development meeting on 30th June in London. It is a great opportunity to bring together speakers representing our Southern library consortia partners with the Northern publishers that work closely with us. We have been very pleased this year with the level of engagement already in our #inaspPrinciples from the publishing community and from our consortia partners who have been sharing their experiences so constructively via Community of Practice discussions.” Anne Powell, Programme Manager, Information Access and Publisher Liaison Updates – This week the second workshop of our first learner-centred librarian trainer of trainers course is taking place in Uganda. – To coincide with this week’s training course in Uganda, we have produced a new factsheet for the country. – The Photo of the month for June 2015 was taken at a recent VakaYiko evidence-informed policy making course in … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 18 June 2015
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Community quote “The skills I have acquired would not only help me source for evidence but [also] enable me filter and narrow down to the most relevant ones to use.” Participant at recent VakaYiko evidence-informed policy making course in Ghana Updates –          This week the VakaYiko consortium, led by INASP’s evidence-informed policy making team, submitted its latest quarterly report to the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Highlights from the past quarter include: GINKS piloting the full four modules of the VakaYiko EIPM course at the Civil Service Training Centre, Ghana; reports in South Africa assessing the external environment for the Department for Environmental Affairs’ evidence and exploring the factors that shape the emergence of development outcomes in South Africa; ZeipNET delivering the second module of the EIPM course in the Zimbabwean Parliament and the third module in the ministries; finalizing plans for a fourth policy dialogue in Zimbabwe; and … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples for publishers 2: Respect a country’s wish to negotiate as a consortium
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Principle 2: Respect a country’s wish to negotiate as a consortium or purchasing club – for full list of the principles see here – In this post, we will be considering the importance of working through library consortia. Consortia are critical because they enable a wide range of institutions to purchase and access content, which some wouldn’t be able to do alone. Working in this way is important to countries, but we think it’s also good business practice – as we’ll explain below. In our previous blog post in this series we looked at the importance of understanding the context of a country. As several of our partners explained, IT infrastructure is often worse outside the capital city and countries have a range of institutions engaged in research, all therefore need access to the literature. Greater visibility One of the strengths of a consortium is their reach. The consortium is … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples for publishers 1: Taking the time to understand country context
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Principle 1: Making the effort to understand the country context – understanding local needs and going beyond the capital city. – for full list of the principles see here – The (admittedly specialist) news is awash with stories about the growth of research and higher education in developing countries. After years of neglect, interest has returned, governments are investing, and foreign donors are providing additional funding. Student numbers are growing rapidly, new universities are being built to cater for demand, and there’s a greater focus on the value that research has in tackling some of the difficult problems of development. Infrastructure But these headlines can conceal the more prosaic challenges that universities and their staff and students face day to day. This remarkable growth means that student numbers often outpace improvements to university campuses, and the ability to train new faculty. Government funding has to go further, and newer institutions … Continue reading

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