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Monthly Archives: September 2016
After three years, 11 countries, 1,164 people trained and 26 public engagement events held, the VakaYiko programme has come to an end. Emily Hayter shares some of the successes and things we have learnt. Continue reading
The private sector has an enormous amount of literature written on change management, but this paper argues that, although there are some lessons to learn from them, the public sector’s context operates under different rules, which affect deeply how things work and how change can be achieved. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading
Research Week was a great success. It brought together researchers and policymakers providing a space for discussion on topical issues, and the Department of Research Services definitely met their aim of increasing their visibility within Parliament. Continue reading
We won’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if developing country researchers can’t play their part
We have a problem. We desperately need to bring research and knowledge to bear on the world’s most pressing problems. But researchers in the countries where much of that knowledge is needed are often the least able to respond. Research will only offer new solutions if it is generated in the countries that need it most, by researchers best placed to understand local contexts, and by collaborative efforts between researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Tackling global challenges From entrenched poverty and hunger, to poor health and education systems, to a steadily warming planet, our world faces some huge challenges. We need to find new sources of clean and affordable energy, and connect the 1.1 billion who still don’t have electricity. We need to take better care of our oceans and forests — vital parts of the earth’s complex ecosystem and the source of livelihoods for billions of people. And we need to tackle … Continue reading
‘The worst of times and the best of opportunities’
This piece was previously published on Jon Harle’s Medium blog site, republished here with his permission.
We hear many stories about the decline of African universities so it was great to hear a story of regeneration and renewal last Friday.
And it was particularly inspiring that this story came from a county better known in recent years for crisis and tragedy — Sierra Leone. Continue reading “Re-imagining higher education in Sierra Leone” »