Monthly Archives: November 2015

Weekly highlights – 20 November 2015
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Quote “It is very difficult for people here to find information/access opportunities because of so many different reasons- conflict, technology, electricity, connections, etc. I am very thankful for this network because I’ve learned so unbelievably much since I joined recently. I learn something new everyday. Its amazing really to be able to connect, communicate and give advice/support to one another despite our distances.” Member of the AuthorAID community Updates On Thursday we welcomed INASP’s Board of Trustees for their first board meeting in our new office and lunch with INASP staff. We said goodbye and thank you to John Wood, who comes to the end of his time as chair of the board, and welcomed Jo Beall, who has now stepped into his shoes. See photos on our Facebook page. This week, Ron from ZeipNET, one of the members of the VakaYiko Consortium, is visiting from Zimbabwe. See photos on our … Continue reading

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Firm foundations: access to high-quality materials-science information underpins Ethiopia’s construction work
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This week, INASP’s Anne Powell spoke at the UKSG Forum in London. In her presentation, she reflected on the role that INASP plays in supporting the research priorities of countries like Ethiopia. At the UKSG Forum on Wednesday 18th November I was lucky enough to present one of the lightning talks in the afternoon session on “Supporting authors from an HEI perspective”. Having heard experiences from the Universities of Nottingham and Huddersfield in the UK, I was able to share some perspectives about developing-country research. The example that I shared was from my visit to Ethiopia earlier this year when I saw the amount of construction taking place, notably of seven-storey office or apartment buildings. These, my Ethiopian hosts told me, are owned by Ethiopians and destined for occupancy by Ethiopians, truly feeding into the local economy and development. The new buildings are situated on roads that double up as … Continue reading

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Knowledge cafe in Zimbabwe discusses evidence-informed policy making with stakeholders
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The task now is to harmonize these and establish a working national evidence infrastructure to support evidence informed policymaking in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 16 November 2015
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Quote “After our workshop in June, we presented what we learned and our project proposal to the mayor and the local school board. There was an initial resistance to the proposal for the creation of an M&E team because it seemed like we were questioning and auditing the Department of Education. For our second meeting, we emphasized that evidence is important to improve our programmes, and the district supervisors became supportive and agreed with the creation of the M&E team.” Participant in an evidence-informed policy making course for education policymakers in the Philippines, which was supported by a VakaYiko grant   Updates We have published three new Stories @ INASP from recipients of VakaYiko grants (see publications section, below) Our November photo of the month shows an open-access inspired rangoli (with fine colour power) designed by Vrushali Dandawate as part of Open Access Week activities supported by an INASP grant … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 4 November 2015
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Quote “A female participant came to me after the workshop, thanked me for my effort and said: ‘Sir, there were so many students in the workshop today. They don’t usually attend the classes nowadays due to the upcoming exams, but they attended since you were conducting the workshop’. Needless to say I was humbled and honoured. It boosted my confidence too. Thank you AuthorAID team for your continued support”. – Dr Farooq Rathore, CMH Lahore Medical College, Pakistan, feedback in relation one of a number of research writing workshops run by Dr Rathore   Updates VakaYiko consortium member GINKS is holding an evidence-informed policy making course in Ghana. See Twitter for updates from the meeting. INASP’s Anne Powell took part in an Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ webinar on global publishing last week. See here for a Storify of the lively discussions.   Upcoming events Monitoring and Evaluation … Continue reading

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Re-skilling librarians in an age of rapid technological development
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Agnes Kanzira Namaganda is an Academic Librarian, Information Literacy Instructor, and Head of Book Bank/Acquisitions Section at Makerere University Library, Uganda. She has been supported by INASP through a 2015 Leadership Grant , and here she reflects on some of the library skills supported through INASP grants and activities. Agnes blogs regularly at LATINA IN Africa. Changing technologies, changing libraries Global competition, new ICT and the demand for accountability have created major shifts in terms of collection development (from paper to electronic) and ways in which we, as librarians, organize our work. Librarians need to rethink ways of providing educational resources to support teaching, learning and research. This calls for a wide set of skills, attributes, and attitudes in order to serve diverse communities and adapt to the constantly evolving information landscape. There is need for continuous professional development, the creation of partnerships with faculty and active engagement in research … Continue reading

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