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How partnering with INASP supported our work to improve evidence use in Zimbabwe
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Ron Munatsi, Programme Manager at the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET), reflects on some of INASP’s work to support e-resource access in the country since 2002 and how the relationships built up over the years enabled ZeipNET to secure high-level buy-in and engage with government ministries as part of the VakaYiko Consortium.   The Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) is a relatively new organization; founded in 2002, we work to improve Zimbabwe’s use of evidence in policy making. Through experience and strong networks, built up through national and international collaboration, we’re making progress towards our goal. But it isn’t always easy. Policymakers in the South can be suspicious of development organizations and their agendas. And this is further complicated by the fact that evidence-informed policy making is a relatively new concept in Zimbabwe. What’s more, evidence-informed policy making is in itself a political concept. Inevitably, it involves questioning … Continue reading

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How does access to research literature support international development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
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The Publishers for Development 2016 (PfD) conferences will highlight and tell stories about the importance and impact of access to information and online research literature in various development contexts and in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whether it be in furthering education and empowering communities, creating food security, reducing climate change or building strong relationships, the publishing community had an important role to play. The provision of access to research, is able to positively, and negatively, impact national and international development. PfD 2016 will host a variety of interesting speakers from around the world to bring the theme to life. One such planned speaker for the 28 June meeting in Oxford,UK is Ugandan entomologist, Joshua Okonya. He works with the Kampala-based International Potato Centre, whose mission is to “work with partners to achieve food security, well-being and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and … Continue reading

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High prices could drive developing country researchers to use pirate websites like Sci-Hub
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Sci-Hub – a website that finds a way through paywalls to host free copies of over 40 million journal papers from major publishers – has been a topic of much discussion in the last few weeks. My aim here isn’t to get into the rights and wrongs of the site – I’ll leave that for others. But it is a good opportunity to reflect on a deeper problem, one that INASP sees – and works to solve – daily. In short, access to essential research is just too expensive for many institutions and individuals in the developing world. That’s something that we need to talk about. It’s also something we should be worrying about. Struggles to access research hamper development If researchers and students are still struggling to access what they need, then that’s a major obstacle to them reaching their full potential. That’s not just an issue for individual … Continue reading

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