Author Archives: Shahenda Suliman

Engaging with government: experiences from the VakaYiko programme
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The INASP-led VakaYiko project aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs. In this post, INASP’s Programme Assistant for the Evidence-Informed Policy Making programme, Shahenda Suliman, discusses some experiences from the VakaYiko programme of engaging with governmental institutions. Managed by INASP, VakaYiko is a three-year project involving five organizations working as a consortium in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first year of the VakaYiko project witnessed the organizations establish and maintain working relationships with the following institutions in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe: Ghana: The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) South Africa: The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Zimbabwe: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce; the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment; and the Parliament of Zimbabwe During the consortium’s quarterly meetings, the organizations discussed their early experiences attempting to secure engagement with these various institutions, and some common themes began to … Continue reading

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INASP small grants scheme aims to increase use of research evidence in policy making
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  The Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) team at INASP has been working on a small grants scheme that supports individuals and organisations working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase the use of research evidence in policy making. In this post, EIPM Programme Assistant, Shahenda Suliman, discusses the first round of grants. As part of the VakaYiko project, the small grants scheme supports individuals and organisations working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase the use of research evidence in policy making. Funded by DFID and managed by INASP, the scheme was developed with the aim of identifying and sharing new and effective approaches to strengthening research use. We were particularly interested in identifying approaches derived from the practical experiences of individuals in and from the Global South. After reviewing over 200 applications, the EIPM team realised that any ingenuity was perhaps more likely to emerge from … Continue reading

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