Category Archives: General

INASP through the years: 1992 to today … and beyond
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In my last post I wrote about the 12-metre-long timeline that is now adorning INASP’s wall to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year and I described something of the journey that this timeline shows. But, unashamedly, a timeline is more than an overview; it is full of detail about which activities happened in which year, as well as what was going on in the wider world at the same time. Indeed, even at 12 metres, we had to be surprisingly selective in what we included; a lot has happened in 25 years!

You can explore our timeline online at www.inasp.info/timeline but in this blog post I’m going to share a few highlights from our history and put them into a wider context. Continue reading

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Mind the gap: Creating agents of change to address gender inequity in research
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Last month we put INASP’s Gender Toolkit into action by supporting Ghana’s foremost national science and technology institute, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), to launch a gender mainstreaming process – starting with a gender sensitization workshop for 30 women researchers drawn from CSIR head office and various institutes under CSIR. Continue reading

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Online course builds M&E skills for library networks
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Veronika Schaeffler, INASP Programme Officer, describes how a new online training course has been helping Southern library networks to understand their research collection usage better. Continue reading

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Building on a strong vision
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This year INASP celebrates our 25th anniversary. As part of our anniversary blog series, Siân Harris looks back over our history and shares some of the ways that INASP has evolved and is preparing for the challenges and opportunities of the next 25 years. Continue reading

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Local knowledge for local challenges
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From secret diseases in south Asia to plant-based healers in west Africa, last week’s Publishers for Development conference had plenty of stories and examples of how local research, based on global and local knowledge, is making a difference to local issues. Continue reading

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Research access and getting published: challenges in developing countries
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What does a day in the life of researcher or librarian in the global South look like? Here, university staff from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ghana share their experiences of their daily work, accessing information and publishing research findings.

Interviews by Katie Lewis

Translating research into practical solutions is vital for overcoming big global challenges like hunger, disease, inequality and climate change. But for these practical solutions to be effective, it is important to understand the local context. In-depth and locally generated knowledge is key to solving local development issues. Continue reading

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