Monthly Archives: May 2016

How partnering with INASP supported our work to improve evidence use in Zimbabwe
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Ron Munatsi, Programme Manager at the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET), reflects on some of INASP’s work to support e-resource access in the country since 2002 and how the relationships built up over the years enabled ZeipNET to secure high-level buy-in and engage with government ministries as part of the VakaYiko Consortium.   The Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) is a relatively new organization; founded in 2002, we work to improve Zimbabwe’s use of evidence in policy making. Through experience and strong networks, built up through national and international collaboration, we’re making progress towards our goal. But it isn’t always easy. Policymakers in the South can be suspicious of development organizations and their agendas. And this is further complicated by the fact that evidence-informed policy making is a relatively new concept in Zimbabwe. What’s more, evidence-informed policy making is in itself a political concept. Inevitably, it involves questioning … Continue reading

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Publishers for Development: the conference with a difference
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If you’re a publisher there’s no shortage of conferences to attend, and it’s probably a difficult decision which to attend. But while many events cover relatively similar territory, there’s one boutique event which really tries to do something different. The event is Publishers for Development. In the year where a new series of global goals to address poverty and inequality were agreed – the Sustainable Development Goals – now is the time to be thinking how publishers can play an effective part. To anyone who keeps an eye on what’s happening in research and higher education globally, there can be no doubt that something important is happening across Africa, Asia and Latin America. University systems are growing, and research activity is rising. What’s more, policymakers have woken up to the importance of research and higher education when designing and implementing national and regional development strategies. The African Union’s 50 year … Continue reading

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How does access to research literature support international development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
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The Publishers for Development 2016 (PfD) conferences will highlight and tell stories about the importance and impact of access to information and online research literature in various development contexts and in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whether it be in furthering education and empowering communities, creating food security, reducing climate change or building strong relationships, the publishing community had an important role to play. The provision of access to research, is able to positively, and negatively, impact national and international development. PfD 2016 will host a variety of interesting speakers from around the world to bring the theme to life. One such planned speaker for the 28 June meeting in Oxford,UK is Ugandan entomologist, Joshua Okonya. He works with the Kampala-based International Potato Centre, whose mission is to “work with partners to achieve food security, well-being and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and … Continue reading

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Research and knowledge systems in difficult places part 2: Liberia
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In April, we published a blog post featuring South Sudan, introducing the first of a series of new papers on research and knowledge systems in “difficult places”. Around 4000 miles west of Juba, hugging the Atlantic coast of the continent is Liberia, which is the subject of our next post. While South Sudan is the world’s newest state, Liberia is Africa’s oldest republic, independent since 1847. But when we chose Liberia we weren’t tracing a simple conflict or crisis theme. Instead, with strong partnerships in Ghana, and new projects in Sierra Leone, it was a logical next step for INASP to consider working in Liberia. Common threads Of course, as countries which have both suffered many years of violence, there are some obvious, if superficial, similarities between Liberia and South Sudan – both are slowly rebuilding basic infrastructure and developing new institutions, and both lost many people during these crises, … Continue reading

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