If developing countries are to meet the challenges of poverty eradication, climate change and growing populations, they need to include sound research evidence in their planning and decision-making.
Increasing the supply of research alone is not enough. The motivation and political will to use research are needed. Individuals need to be able to effectively access, evaluate, interpret and use research information. It is also vital that their working environments support, rather than obstruct, them.
The main project of the programme is the VakaYiko consortium. This three year project focuses on building capacity to support research uptake in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.