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Civil Society Participation in Uganda's APRM Process

Ugandan NGOs faced challenges in influencing their national APRM process, but this paper shows that with resourcefulness, focus and energy, motivated groups can make a difference. In Uganda, umbrella organisations were appointed to represent civil...

Engaging with Parliaments: Advice to Civil Society

Practical strategies and hands-on tactics for CSOs seeking to influence policy-making in African parliaments. This paper examines how African civil society organisations have successfully influenced policy. Often, we complain that we lack the tim...

Using Representative Opinion Surveys in the African Peer Review Mechanism Process

Opinion surveys capture public perceptions. What are the key considerations when designing and implementing them in the APRM? All participating countries in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process have had to struggle with the long, compl...

Payment and Independence: Does a client relationship with government inhibit ‘think-tank' criticism?

This paper explores how policy research institutions (or think-tanks) will be challenged to retain their objectivity on public policy issues regardless of their source of funds, in processes such as the APRM. Drawing from the Nigerian situation (w...

Do think tanks benefit from APRM work? Kenya’s experience

This paper gives a view from three members of the research team employed in the Kenyan APRM Process as the Lead technical Agency (LTA) on socio-economic development issues, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. Th...

The APRM's Economic Governance and Management Standards: What Civil Society Should Look For

Civil society research and advocacy groups dedicated to safeguarding the rights of citizens, may find an unexpected opportunity to monitor their own governments through the APRM process. This paper argues that, in a democratic state, citizens have...

Strategies for Effective Policy Advocacy: Demanding Good Governance in Africa

"This study is based on a research project carried out as part of the Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). This study attempts to distil lessons learned by a...

The Role of Social Science Research in the Social, Political and Economic Transformation in Kenya Report of Kenya National Workshop

"The first paper by Prof. Khanna of Moi University entitled Scientific and Industrial Research and Development in Kenya contends that scientific and industrial research must progress simultaneously and that industrial research cannot be done witho...

Mapping the Policy Process in Nigeria: Examining Linkages between Research and Policy

"How research can feed into the policy process in developing countries in general, and in Nigeria more specifically, is not very well understood. Yet, this understanding is a critical part of doing effective policy research. This has become especi...

The New Africa Initiative Working for Synergy

"The New Africa Initiative (NAI) was initiated in July 1996 in Uganda with the support of the Nairobi-based Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program for Eastern Africa. The idea was to advance mutually beneficial interaction among ...

BIDPA Annual Report 2013-2014

"This report covers research activities undertaken by the Institute through its five broad areas of Trade and International Economics; Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting; Microeconomics; Incomes, welfare and Poverty; and Public Sector Reforms....

A Year in Review: 2014

This report reviews IPSS’s year of 2014. It contains messages from the IPSS and the APSP/IPSS Directors, looks at the education and professional development during the year and the e-learning. The report also includes research and policy dialogues...

Gender Barriers Faced by African Women in Graduate Programmes and Research in the Social Sciences

"This scoping study begins with a brief description of the state of universities in Africa, highlighting some current problems and challenges. Section II undertakes a review of literature about the role and status of female students and faculty me...

Linkages between Research, Advocacy and Media Work for Pro-Poor Policy Development and Accountability in Africa Learning from Practice

The colloquium focused on learning from practical experience in trying to build linkages between research, advocacy and media groups for more effective pro-poor policy work by each group, the challenges and successes in linking the work of the thr...

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa

"The Southern Africa Trust launched the initiative Creating Linkages Between Research, Advocacy and the Media for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa (‘Linkages’) in October 2010 to explore whether more effective civil society collaboration (particul...

A Scan of Rural Civil Society

"PLAAS commissioned Phuhlisani to undertake a review of rural civil society, to explore innovative ways in which researchers and organisations in rural civil society can work together in linking research to policy engagement from ‘below’. This re...

Think Tank-University Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Synthesis Report on 10 Country Sudies

"Knowledge has become the driving force in current economy and the essential source of competitive advantage. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there are a number of players involved in knowledge production and dissemination mainly through training and...

Strengthening National Intellectual Property Policy and Legal Frameworks in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Communication Strategy

"The goal of the programme is to strengthen policy and legal framework development for Traditional Knowledge (TK), Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and effective IP Systems in the Eastern and Southern Africa. The purpose of the programme is to pro...

Why Protect Traditional Knowledge?

There are limited policy and legal frameworks for the protection of traditional knowledge in Africa. The regional or international legal instruments are unlikely to address the needs and aspirations of the individual states. This report attempts t...

Barriers between Scientists and Journalists: Myth or Reality?

"This paper discusses barriers between scientists and journalists. The purpose is to increase understanding about the inherent differences between scientists and journalists that separate them and inhibit the dissemination of scientific informati...

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