Monthly Archives: June 2016

Knowledge into policy: Going beyond “Context matters”
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In an article first published in the Politics and Ideas blog, Vanesa Weyrauch shares her experience of writing a new study Going beyond “Context matters”, that aims to promote the use of knowledge into policy. This framework is written in collaboration with INASP. Continue reading

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Putting data into context
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This article was originally published by Research Information, republished here with their permission. Anne Powell responds to an article in Research Information as she reflects on why predictions on library budget increases in developing markets need to be treated with caution. A recent article in Research Information, with the headline ‘Libraries in developing markets to see biggest budget increases‘ summarized a recent piece of research by Publishers Communication Group. This story and the research it reported on made me think about the use of numbers and how these need to be applied in context, which ties in strongly with INASP’s first principle of responsible business engagement about understanding the country context. It is always good to read positive stories about the role of libraries in Africa (and other developing regions). However, we are well aware that there are disparities between countries, and indeed between institutions within each country, which a … Continue reading

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Research and knowledge systems in difficult places part 3: Somalia and Somaliland
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In the last few weeks we’ve been exploring what we’re learning about doing research and using evidence in “difficult places”. We’ve introduced new papers on South Sudan and Liberia. Today we turn to the Somali regions. Looking beyond the headlines Somali has become almost synonymous with the term “failed state”, and Somalis have certainly suffered years of conflict and hardship. But the label of failed state, and the stories of war and refugees disguise a region of complex, adaptive and resilient political, social and economic systems. Similarly, there is more going on in research and higher education than I’d certainly imagined. In our latest viewpoints paper, Faduma Abukar Mursal considers the South-Central and Puntland regions of Somalia, while Abdullahi Odowa explores the situation in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Jason Mosley provides an introductory piece of political analysis, which places the subsequent accounts of the research and knowledge systems in … Continue reading

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How can responsible practice by publishers support international development? Learn how at PfD
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As always, this year’s Publishers for Development conferences will give you a chance to hear how research, scholarship and development intersect, and how you as publishers can play a vital enabling role. You will hear from a Ugandan researcher helping to ensure staple crops in Uganda are free from pests, and how a Ghanaian researcher is helping to develop new ways of assessing vulnerability and adaptations to climate change for dryland farming systems. In both cases, you will also hear how they’ve relied on the un-sung and often invisible work of library consortia to make this possible. And we will help you understand what you can do to make sure that this potential – and the potential of thousands of other researchers and students – can be realized as they work to bring science and knowledge to bear on the development challenges their countries face. Levelling the playing field The … Continue reading

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Supporting displaced and disadvantaged academics
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In a post first published on Digital Science’s Perspectives blog, Siân Harris looks at how online courses such as INASP’s AuthorAID research-writing MOOC can help academics in fragile countries. Continue reading

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