Category Archives: PfD

Series: ‘Q&A’ with Publishers for Development speakers
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Joshua Okonya is a Research Associate at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Uganda. He will be speaking at Publishers for Development on the 28 June about his research into the impact of pests on crop yield, the resulting impact on food security and how this is affected by climate change. What is your main area of research? My area of research is crop entomology. I collect baseline information about pest related crop losses, looking at the impact of these losses on farmers’ livelihoods and how climate change affects this. I look at pest management strategies for sustainable crop production with the hope of improving the food security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Uganda. How does your work relate to the SDGs or international development more generally? The research projects I work on aim to achieve food security for the smallholder farmers in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi (SDG 2); … Continue reading

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How good publishing partnerships can support development
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This blog looks at how strong partnerships in publishing can support development, particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. This will be a key focus of 2016’s Publishers for Development meetings. It was originally published on Digital Science’s Perspectives blog. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of far-reaching goals towards reduced poverty and a fairer and more sustainable world over the next 15 years, came into effect at the start of 2016. They have much to say for anybody working in international development but also for anybody working in the areas of research and research information. The goals are intended to tackle key issues for alleviating poverty and addressing inequality – and in issues such as climate change, agriculture, clean water and health, to name a few, there is a clear role for research and researchers. The 17th and final SDG – Strengthen the means of implementation and … Continue reading

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Dr Philip Antwi-Agyei is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist from Ghana who will be speaking at Publishers for Development in June. He will discuss his research on climate change, farming and food security and the importance of having access to research literature in relation to his work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is your research focus? My research involves developing ways to assess vulnerability and adaptations to climate change and variability for dry land African farming systems. My work is aimed at empowering local communities and broadening understanding of how climate variability affects food security and rural livelihoods. My research outputs have been published in leading international journals including Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, Applied Geography, Climate and Development. How does your work relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? My research is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goal 13, “Take urgent action to combat climate change … Continue reading

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Series: ‘Q&A’ with Publishers for Development speakers
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Willie Davison Ganda (Eng.) is the Director for Research Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development for the Government of Zimbabwe. He will discuss the Zimbabwean perspective on access to resources at the Publishers for Development conference on the 28 June 2016. What does your organization do? My ministry is responsible for the development of human capital for the country and the promotion of science and technology development. How does the work of your organization relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or international development more generally? My ministry is involved in supporting the SDGs in that we are the ones responsible for training human capital in the country. It will be human capital with the necessary skills working in the various sectors of the economy that will make the SDGs attainable. With more of a specific focus on research and science … Continue reading

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Why collaborating in the research sector is mutually beneficial for consortia, publishers and donors
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As Research Uptake Manager in the Evidence into Action team at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Ed Barney manages INASP funding on behalf of DFID. In this guest post, he reflects on the recent Publishers for Development conference. I was lucky enough to make it along to the 7th annual Publishers for Development conference (PfD, #pfd2015), which took place in London on Tuesday 30th June. The event brought together a wide range of publishers, library consortia, NGOs, donors and academics into one room to address the question of how publishers can engage with developing countries in a responsible manner. As a relative newbie to work in this area there were a number of things that struck me during the day, which I’ve attempted to summarize below. The morning sessions were used to build a picture of the range of contextual issues that library consortia experience in developing countries. These … Continue reading

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#inaspPrinciples for publishers 4 & 5: Pricing and sales, be realistic and predictable
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Principle #4 Think medium to long term on pricing Principle #5: Be realistic about sales expectations – where increases are needed, make these affordable, incremental and predictable In the last few posts we’ve covered a range of issues: varying levels of infrastructure; the day-to-day challenges of getting things done; the importance of working through the consortia that countries are striving to develop. We deliberately started with these issues because they’re the all-too-important context that can get lost in conversations that begin with price. But of course price matters, and it’s one of the biggest concerns for INASP’s partners, particularly as some begin to take on the negotiating role that INASP has played for many years. Our final two principles both tackle the finances so we’re grouping them together in this post. Competing for limited funding As we discussed in Principle 1, research and higher education are growing in many of … Continue reading

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