Monthly Archives: September 2015

Beyond the library in Malawi: taking the MALICO consortium to uncharted waters
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This is a guest blog by Patrick Mapulanga of Malawi’s MALICO library consortium. Patrick spent five days travelling the country in March 2015 with INASP staff on a country visit. Here he discusses lessons learned for the MALICO consortium. Billed as the “warm heart of Africa”, Malawi has stunning scenery and some of the friendliest people. The country offers attractions for everyone, from palm-lined lakeshores to busy market places. In March 2015, the INASP Executive Director, Sue Corbett and her colleague, Emma Farrow paid a visit to Malawi. It was a long journey that would cover 2010 kilometres covering almost all of the three regions of the country. While for our visitors the trip was a chance to share information on reforms taking place at INASP with their partners, for the Malawi Library and Information Consortium (MALICO) it was an opportunity for us to take stock of where we are … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 9 September 2015
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Quote “We have this idea that only with western standards is science possible. This is not correct. I think science is possible wherever people are looking for solutions to their problems.” Walter Bgoya, owner of Mkuni na Nyota Publishers, an independent publishing company in Dar es Salaam. This quote is taken from a new video released by the Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing (TZAP) project, which is supporting publishing in the country. Updates This month, the AuthorAID team is particularly looking for new mentors in agriculture and related subjects. New blog post reports on a VakaYiko-funded series of climate roundtables that have been held in Kenya to bring together scientists and policymakers. Upcoming events From 8 to 10 September Deputy Executive Director Julie Brittain will be in Nairobi, Kenya for the launch of AESA and to meet with potential partners. On 10 September Executive Director Sue Corbett will speak about the INASP … Continue reading

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Climate-change science roundtables support open dialogue for stakeholders and policy makers in Kenya
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This is a guest post from Winnie Khaemba, Research Fellow at INASP partner, the African Centre for Technology Studies, about a series of climate roundtables that have been held in Kenya to bring together scientists and policymakers. This project is supported by a grant from INASP as part of the VakaYiko project. Over the past year, the Climate Resilient Economies programme of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) has been running the Kenya Climate Science, Technology and Policy Roundtables on a quarterly basis. This roundtable series aims at helping to bridge the gap between research and policy making in Kenya on climate-change and to strengthen the links among Kenyan climate policymakers, researchers, communities and civil society. The roundtable series seeks to document and disseminate lessons learned on effective mechanisms for facilitating the use of research evidence in climate legislation, policy and implementation in Kenya. Since 2014, the Kenyan Parliament … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 3 September 2015
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Quote “INASP has been supporting us to grant access to many scholarly databases since 2006. This really enriches teaching, learning and research activities of all higher educational institutions of Sri Lanka. A big thanks to INASP.” Excerpt from a comment on the blog post Training supports libraries to monitor use of e-resources Updates DFID’s Ed Barney has written a post on the Practising Development blog reflecting on the recent VakaYiko consortium meeting. ‘Insight and intellectually rigorous!’ is how our blog Practising Development is described in Planet Earth Institute’s roundup of Fantastic places to find science, tech and development stories in Africa. This month INASP is pleased to welcome two new communications officers and a fundraising coordinator. We are recruiting for a Programme Manager, Organizational Capacity Development, Research Access & Higher Education Deadline: 25/9/15. Upcoming events From 8 to 10 September Deputy Executive Director Julie Brittain will be in Nairobi, Kenya … Continue reading

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Reflections from the VakaYiko annual consortium meeting
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As Research Uptake Manager in the Evidence into Action team at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Ed Barney manages INASP funding on behalf of DFID. In this guest post, he reflects on the recent VakaYiko consortium meeting in Ghana. In the final week of July, the VakaYiko consortium came together for their second annual meeting in Accra. This brought a number of partners into one room, with representatives from INASP, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). For the first time (and hopefully not the last!) DFID were also invited to take part in the meeting, which was an offer I could not refuse as a technical adviser to the programme. This meeting was fascinating for me to see how the relationships have emerged over the past two years, both within the consortium and … Continue reading

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