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Series: ‘Q&A’ with Publishers for Development speakers
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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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VakaYiko – two years and already making an impact
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Everyone is keen to know about the progress on the VakaYiko project, which aims to build the capacities of policymakers to use evidence from academic research and civil society in their work. This is a challenging endeavour and what we have achieved in the last two years are baby steps. However, they are solid steps and a strong base for building a culture that promotes the use of evidence. We can already see some results of our work and the ‘system’ starting to strengthen and move forward. Leaders of change in Zimbabwe One part of our strategy is to strengthen local organizations that can promote and encourage the use of evidence locally, which is starting to flourish. In Zimbabwe, VakaYiko consortium member ZeipNET has successfully engaged with two ministries and Parliament and has built up a relationship of trust. ZeipNET is also getting demand from other sectors of Government to … Continue reading

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Reflections from the VakaYiko annual consortium meeting
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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 VakaYiko consortium meeting in Ghana. In the final week of July, the VakaYiko consortium came together for their second annual meeting in Accra. This brought a number of partners into one room, with representatives from INASP, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). For the first time (and hopefully not the last!) DFID were also invited to take part in the meeting, which was an offer I could not refuse as a technical adviser to the programme. This meeting was fascinating for me to see how the relationships have emerged over the past two years, both within the consortium and … Continue reading

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Why we need to take a collective action approach to research capacity building
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Sometimes it feels hard to keep afloat in the tide of thinking and debate about development – what to do, how to do it better – and difficult to find time to take the latest thinking and actually incorporate it into programme design. Harder still to incorprate the latest thinking into projects that are already in progress. It’s a couple of years since David Booth and Diana Cammack published their book on governance in Africa (there’s a nice summary here). They argue that development is about solving collective action problems. But the key idea – that problems can only be tackled by ditching the supply/demand focus, and by bringing different groups together and finding a common ground – stuck, because it made so much sense and resonated with much of what we’ve learnt at INASP over the years.  As they argue: ‘…governance challenges are not fundamentally about one set of … Continue reading

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Library consortia sharing expertise: A small meeting tackling important issues in Addis Ababa
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Addis Ababa is used to hosting big and important meetings. The African Union and UNECA are both based here. A few weeks ago the UN Financing for Development conference brought several thousand visitors to Addis Ababa. And on Sunday evening President Obama flew in from Kenya. But this week Addis is also playing host to a smaller, quieter event – but an important one nevertheless. Seven library consortia have come together in Addis, hosted by the Consortium for Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL) and facilitated by INASP, to spend five days sharing ideas, learning, and collectively identifying solutions to some of the many challenges they share. But library consortia aren’t just clubs or networks of libraries: they play a key role in enabling a strong and effective research and knowledge system. By enabling their member institutions to collectively purchase online journals and books, consortia are making a critical contribution … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a year of progress for the VakaYiko consortium
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As the second VakaYiko Annual Consortium Meeting approaches (it will take place in Ghana from 28-30 July 2015), Consortium Director, Clara Richards, looks back on a year full of change and progress.   I am amazed by how time is going by so quickly. It seems like it was yesterday that we were in Harare, Zimbabwe with the whole VakaYiko consortium, celebrating the first year of the project and having many expectations about the upcoming years of implementation. After having gone through a thorough planning phase we were ready and excited to start making things happen. We were full of questions and intrigue – not only about the VakaYiko project itself but also about how we were going to be working hand-in-hand with five organizations across the world; the VakaYiko project Consortium members are Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Making Network (ZeipNET), the Human Sciences … Continue reading

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