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Harnessing global knowledge to address global challenges

“If at the beginning of research we engaged with each other and knew each other’s needs then it would not be that difficult — not at the end but from the beginning”
Thywill Kpe, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana

We enable research to make a greater impact on global development through better research communication, effective research uptake and stronger links between evidence and policy.

Our work spans diverse countries, from those with mature research systems such as Ghana and Sri Lanka to countries with emerging or fragile systems, such as Sierra Leone and Somalia. We work with universities, research institutes, government ministries, parliaments and national research agencies.

We are experienced programme managers, managing Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds and achieving A+ scores from DFID.

Read more about how INASP can help you to achieve impact in global challenges research. 

To explore opportunities to work together, please contact Jon Harle, Senior Programme Manager, Research Access & Higher Education.

Read Jon Harle's blog post on why Global challenges need global talent.

Global challenges need global talent: speeches from INASP's Going Global reception

On 23 May 2017 at a reception we hosted during the British Council’s Going Global conference in London, we welcomed higher education and research leaders from across the world to celebrate our 25th anniversary and think about how global talent could be harnessed to address global challenges.

Creating pathways for research to policy impact - our stories

Case studies of INASP’s support to governments, universities and research institutes to strengthen evidence-informed policy making processes:

Bridging the evidence gap in Kenya’s climate change bill
Strengthening the links between climate policymakers, researchers and think tanks

"Inasmuch as climate change is a global issue, adaptation is local... [U]tilizing community-based adaptation and making that become the norm rather than the exception is the first step towards building community capacity and... unleash[ing] the potential that lies in these communities."

Dr Richard Munang, Head of Climiate Change, ROA, UNEP

Impact: A re-drafted Kenya Climate Change Bill has passed the National Assembly, and a draft climate change policy is due to be published by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.


Strengthening education policy in the Philippines

“Our participants are actively  experimenting with EIPM as a better way of developing local policy to help education concerns of their respective communities.”

Impact: A relationship has been formed between two crucial stakeholders in education reform (Ateneo de Manila University and the Department for Education), successfully bridging the gap between evidence and policy-making at the sub-national level of government.


Building government capacities for use of research evidence

Our VakaYiko project is a four country initiative to strengthen the use of research evidence within government ministries and parliaments.

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In Ghana, we worked with the national civil service training centre to run a training programme to improve the use of evidence in decision making processes.
See how we built capacity for the use of research evidence in Ghana’s Ministry of Employment

In Uganda, we worked with research units within parliament to strengthen skills and to develop internal processes and networks.
More on Parliament of Uganda's experience here

In Zimbabwe, we worked with several ministries to embed a professional development programme for researchers and analysts and ran policy dialogues and knowledge cafes that bring together policymakers, the public, academics and the media.
Read how partnering with INASP supported ZeipNET's work to improve evidence use in Zimbabwe

In South Africa, we worked with the Department of Environment and the Human Sciences Research Council to develop organisational tools and processes for finding, handling and using evidence. 
See how we enhanced the use of evidence in South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs


Enabling Southern researchers to communicate their work

INASP support to researchers and universities enables them to increase the publication and communication of research. We particularly seek to address the barriers faced by women researchers.

Mentoring and advice from experienced researchers

INASP’s AuthorAID platform enables early career researchers to seek support from experienced academics and gain advice from peers across the world, helping them to overcome the barriers to publication in refereed journals. There are over 16,000 members of the AuthorAID community from more than 170 countries.

Online courses in research writing

We develop and run blended learning programmes, from large-scale open courses in scientific publication to intensive courses in specialist areas. We worked with Pure Earth, an environmental NGO, to run an intensive research writing course in environmental health. Our most recent global research writing course attracted over 4,000 researchers from 79 countries from Ghana and Uganda, to fragile and conflict-affected states such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Communicating academic research in Sri Lanka

We support universities and research teams to develop their own research support programmes. In Sri Lanka we worked with the University of Colombo’s Medical Faculty to develop and embed a programme of support for postgraduates and early career researchers, including a short course in research writing, and a new writing club to provide ongoing support. The faculty has also set up a website to share resources and are now using INASP’s courses to develop its own online training.

Building the skills of Southern journal editors

INASP works with editors to improve the quality of Southern journals. We help them meet international publishing standards, strengthen local mechanisms for academic publishing and foster connections between academics and the media. In Nepal we brought together editors and journalists to help academics understand how to communicate to the media, and to help journalists identify the stories coming from Nepalese research. In Sri Lanka, we’ve worked with the National Science Foundation to promote the Sri Lanka Journals Online platform as a source of credible, local research.