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February 2019 – INASP Blog
Ethiopia research equity dialogue.

Common themes emerge for improving research equity in Uganda and Ethiopia

Towards the end of 2018, INASP and local partners held national dialogue events with stakeholders from across the research and knowledge systems to consider issues of equity. Dr Femi Nzegwu, who leads INASP’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning work, summarizes some of the key learning from two events in Africa.

Discussing the Context Matters Framework.

‘Context Matters’ framework for improving evidence use: what do policymakers and practitioners think about it?

The Context Matters Framework is a lens through which to examine the internal and external context in which an organization is working, identify the main factors affecting evidence use, and provide a way to systematically identify how they manifest in any given agency. It considers interrelated areas to help navigate complexity, so that one can better understand the organization, the blockages and opportunities for positive change towards evidence use. This post highlights some of the advantages of the Framework, and areas for improvement, from the perspective of a worldwide range of policymakers, researchers and other practitioners.

Gender discussions during Ethiopia dialogue event.

History and context can guide gender equity plans

Gender equity was a key topic of discussion during the research equity dialogue events in Uganda and Ethiopia last year. Reflecting on the issues and arguments raised at these events, Dr Femi Nzegwu, Director of the SERKS programme, considers gender inequity in research and higher education from a historical, contemporary and future-focused perspective.