2020: the year the world turned inside out

John Young reflects on highs and lows of a challenging year and discusses the importance of supporting equitable knowledge ecosystems in various scenarios for the future.

Helping Sierra Leone’s students develop their critical thinking skills during a pandemic

How do you support the development of critical thinking skills when a pandemic stops face-to-face engagement and internet infrastructure is fragile? Veronika Schaeffler discusses how INASP has adapted its support to higher education in Sierra Leone this year.

Three things we have learned about political economy analysis – and some unanswered questions

In the second of this two-part series, we reflect on what we have learned, the challenges we faced and questions we are asking ourselves as we continue to integrate Political Economy Analysis into our project work.

Exploring political economy analysis at INASP

In the first of two blog posts, Emily Hayter discusses how INASP is using context analysis to help inform our programmes, and why this is important.

Exploring the cracks in our knowledge systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and emphasised many of the inequities in our current knowledge systems, but it has also provided an opportunity to reflect on what could be improved, as Maha Bali, Chalani Ranwala, Joy Kiiru and Jon Harle discuss.

Infographic of steps to consider in online facilitation.

How do you facilitate an online meeting or course? Our new tutorial can help

As travel and face-to-face meetings continue to be restricted, we introduce a new self-paced online tutorial designed to help with facilitation of online courses and events.

Rangoli picture representing open access.

Open Access: challenges and opportunities for LMICs and the potential impact of UK policy

In late 2019, INASP was commissioned by three UK funders to undertake a consultation to understand the challenges and opportunities that open access presents to low- and middle-income country stakeholders.

People interacting at a face-to-face workshop

Pivoting to remote support for transforming higher education: what we have learnt

Tabitha Buchner and Josie Dryden reflect on feedback and lessons learnt from an online course to support higher education transformation in East Africa – and look ahead to how these lessons are feeding into future developments.

Strengthening critical thinking skills through different online learning approaches

With a wealth of conflicting ideas and opinions available online about many of the pressing issues facing the world today, skills to appraise information sources and recognise biases in interpreting evidence are so important. Siân Harris discusses two online approaches that INASP has been offering this year to help researchers develop their critical thinking skills.

Students at Uganda Martyrs University.

How to make university classes more gender responsive

If changes to higher education are to achieve their objectives fully they need to be inclusive of all students. Mai Skovgaard shares what some university teaching staff in Tanzania and Uganda are doing to make their classes more gender responsive.