We are working in partnership with Ethiopian Academy of Sciences to strengthen the equity of the research and knowledge system within Ethiopia.
Ensuring equity within research and knowledge systems is important to ensure that all research voices can participate in tackling the most pressing challenges and that nobody is left behind. Inequities in research and knowledge systems do not just happen at a global scale but also more locally within countries.
“It is through research that we continuously test the limits of our knowledge, and explore new frontiers of knowledge and innovation. For research systems to play an effective and proactive role in the country's development, equity must be its foundation and guiding principle.”
Professor Afework Kassu, State Minister of Science and Higher Education, Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, INASP is working with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) to support research institutions and individuals in Ethiopia to address key aspects of research capacity, so that research produced in the country can respond more effectively to national needs and priorities. A focus is on the capacity to adapt, integrate and embed resources available on INASP’s global platforms into country-level research support programmes.
Establishing a vision
A dialogue event held by EAS and INASP in 2018 resulted in a vision for a strong, sustainable and self-sufficient Ethiopian research system which:
Values, aligns and responds to Ethiopian needs, informs national policy, delivers impactful research in support of national priorities and operates within an independent space.
Recognizes and builds on the wealth and variety of knowledge within Ethiopia, while also looking to shape the future of research globally.
Is collaborative, participatory, and trans/multi-disciplinary in approach, recognizing that all types of research have a role to contribute to achieving national development needs.
Supports and sustains diversity and inclusion by creating a conducive environment that values and encourages all research voices – regardless of gender, institution or region etc.
To support that vision, INASP and EAS are focusing on research communication, publishing, and gender equity by:
- Collaborating with partners in the development of INASP’s global platforms
- Enabling resources to be adapted and embedded to run locally
- Supporting partners to strengthen the quality and credibility of country-level research publishing through national platforms and systems
- Working with partners to improve gender equity within the research system, through institutional support, or cross-institutional learning alliances.