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Gender mainstreaming in higher education: learning from our experiences
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– Blog post by Professor Flora Fabian, University of Dodoma, Tanzania In this blog, Professor Flora Fabian from the University of Dodoma, Tanzania shares her experience of working with INASP and explains how an AuthorAID workshop helped the process of mainstreaming gender issues at her university in Tanzania. INASP has recently launched Gender Mainstreaming in Higher education toolkit, which is an easy-to-use resource for institutions interested in tackling gender inequality in higher education. I am very delighted to see this publication out at a very crucial time for us. This toolkit builds on our experiences in training on gender awareness for academics. It contains many of  the tools that we used during the gender workshop held at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania in August 2015. The experience we gained in this workshop has been an inspitation for us to develop this toolkit. As a group of female academics at … Continue reading

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The importance of self-awareness in addressing unconscious bias
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–  Blog post by Vanessa Fairhurst, Programme Assistant, INASP The question is not “do we have bias?” but rather “which are ours?” – Howard Ross We all like to think we are open-minded and non-judgemental. In fact each of us tends to believe we are more fair and hold less prejudice than the average person. However, unconscious bias is something that affects us all. Our brains are wired to see patterns in order to quickly make sense of the complexities of life; a skill which helped our ancestors in distinguishing from friend and foe. These patterns are learned from birth; our biases and preferences shaped by the people around us, cultural norms and our personal experiences. Our brain is a complex machine, constantly processing vast amounts of information, like a computer with thousands of tabs open simultaneously, so we use these patterns as mental shortcuts to provide order and aid decision … Continue reading

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Evidence Spotlight: The Use of Evidence in Public Health Policy Making in Zimbabwe
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Onesimo Maguwu tells that there need to be some way of making the ‘messages’ more relevant to the policymakers for evidence-based policy in health care. Continue reading

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EIPM Readings #1: Scaling up evaluation as a source of learning and improving programming in Mexico
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As part of the EIPM readings, Clara Richards summarizes the case of Mexico, a country that has developed a Monitoring and Evaluation system that has slowly changed the culture of using information from different types of evaluations to improve policy and programme.

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Evidence-Informed Policy Making reading list
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In our work in the EIPM team at INASP we have realised that besides providing a technical approach to using evidence, it is also important to support policymakers to navigate change in the complex environments they work in. Continue reading

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21 years of climate discussions
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What sort of deal will the Paris meeting agree to? Will it be legally binding? Ultimately, these questions place great hopes in the Paris talks but it remains to be seen if these hopes will come to pass… Guest blog post by Winnie Khaemba of the African Center for the Technology Studies, which presented at COP21 about work funded by a VakaYiko grant to bring together researchers and policymakers to discuss the development of Kenya’s climate-change bill. Continue reading

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