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Bridging the Gap Between Policymakers and Research and Advocacy Organizations (RAOs): The Challenges Facing RAOs

"Research and advocacy organizations (RAOs) serve a useful function of linking policy makers, who are primarily politicians, with society's needs, aspirations, problems and their possible solutions. In order to design policies and programmes to im...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 25 No.1 January-February 2013

‘The situation in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region continues to be deplorable basically because of the absence of environmental security-related infrastructure and/or the required level of awareness. Countries in the sub-region are vulnerabl...

Participatory action research (Par) a tool for transforming conflict: A case study from south central Somalia

"This publication outlines the key processes, as well as challenges and opportunities, with implementing Participatory Action Research (PAR) in the Somali context – expanding upon the Life & Peace Institute’s (LPI) own internal research and schola...

Innovative Practices and Policies for Promoting Biodiversity Informatics in Sub-Saharan Africa

"A Major challenge for the emerging field of biodiversity information is to develop infrastructure that allows the effective coordination of available data and information and knowledge on Earth's biological diversity to address issues relating to...

Capacity Building for Research Leadership:The Need, Support and Strategies for Growing African Research Leaders

"A robust social science and policy research capacity in Africa is essential to rigorous basic and applied research in the quest for solutions to the region’s development challenges. Building a strong research capacity means creating supportive in...

The Potential of Open Data to Impact Resource Allocation for Poverty Eradication in Kenya and Uganda

"This study therefore set out to answer two broad questions: 1) How are open data initiatives contributing to poverty eradication through impact on resource allocation, and 2) How could the contribution of open data initiatives to poverty eradi...

Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology and Biosafety Policies for Southern African Countries Phase 1: Situation Analysis and Stakeholder View - South Africa

"This working paper endeavours to describe and summarize the current situation in South Africa pertaining to biotechnology in the agricultural sector, as well as public understanding of biotechnology and biotechnological applications in the countr...

Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology Policy in Southern Africa Phase 1: Situation Analysis and Stakeholder View - Malawi

"The general perception of GM crops among the respondents interviewed in Malawi is that genetic transformation has potential to improve food security, but they fear the risks to the safety of humans, animals and the environment. This situation is ...

Zambia’s Employment Challenge

"Employment is the red thread throughout this issue in particular the ZIPAR Flagship project on “More and Better Jobs”. The issue highlights Zambia’s jobs’ challenge, how ZIPAR will help the Government respond to the scale of the challenge by draw...

Strengthening Linkages Between Policy Research and Policy Making for Sustainable Development in Africa

"This book volume presents key papers on the subject drawn from the conference presentations, workshops and the commissioned papers. All the authors present a common position on the need to strengthen the links amongst the disparate but mutually ...

SECURE Health News, Issue 2, Feb - July 2015

SECURE Health draws attention to research non-use at a Health Scientific Conference in Kenya. It talks of evidence-informed policymaking training for technocrats in the ministries of health and parliaments in Kenya and Malawi. Other topics discuss...

SECURE Health News, Issue 3, August - December 2015

In this issue of Secure Health news topics of discussion includes: "SECURE Health Programme covers mid-term of successful implementation" highlighting the success of the programme, "Kenyan policymakers and experts deliberate on key public health i...

Report of the Research Uptake Symposium and Training Exchange (ResUp MeetUp)

"The ResUp MeetUp (Research Uptake)community is designed to help research uptake and communication professionals keep up-to-date with this rapidly evolving field. The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), the Institute of Development ...

Crisis In The Sahel – Possible Solutions and the Consequences of Inaction

"A report following the OASIS Conference (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) hosted by the University of California, Berkeley and African Institute for Development Policy in Berkeley on September 21, 2012. The goal of this report is to ...

AFIDEP 1st Bi-Annual Newsletter 2014

In this newsletter there are four articles. In ‘Missed opportunities: Countries not leveraging HIV/AIDS services for improved maternal and child health,’ it is believed that since HIV/AIDS receives more resources compared to maternal and child hea...

AFIDEP News Sept 2014 - April 2015

In ‘Using evidence to set the agenda for harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa’ AFIDEP has been at the centre of promoting this paradigm in the region through advocacy and providing technical expertise to governments to assess the potentia...

AFIDEP News June - Dec 2015

In ‘Malawi President commits to championing youth development and the demographic dividend in Malawi and across Africa’ President of the Republic of Malawi, H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, has pledged to mobilise other African leaders and the Af...

AFIDEP News Issue No 3

This newsletter covers a number of topics. In ‘How evidence-based is evidence-informed policy making?’ the aim of the conference was to go beyond theory and create a platform where practical experiences and lessons in applying evidence in decision...

BIDPA Newsletter August 2015

"BIDPA Newsletter is produced by the BIDPA library and provides an update of research and consultancy projects, and other general activities. Over the years BIDPA has consolidated its position as a recognised think tank, and remains steadfast in ...

The Challenges of Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective

"Although the trend is changing, science reporting is not a daily routine in most media houses worldwide. Science reporting - unlike sports, politics, business, arts and culture – is generally placed on the fringes of mainstream journalism. Clos...

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