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Excellence, ownership and impact in global challenges research
Research has a vital role to play to address global challenges and national development priorities, but to realize its potential, researchers and decision-makers in the global South, must be equitable partners in research projects. Capacity development is a way to facilitate strong partnerships and lasting impact, but requires special expertise and integration into research projects.
This seminar, held on 28 June 2017, provided an opportunity to reflect on what’s been learnt about successful approaches to capacity development, working in partnerships with Southern institutions, academics and policy makers. Expert speakers from Northern and Southern research institutions joined INASP’s capacity development team to reflect on engaging policy makers, communicating research and building lasting capacity in developing countries.
Aimed at research facilitators, PIs and others responding to GCRF and similar calls.
Julie Brittain, INASP - Welcome and introductions
Session 1: Co-creation for excellence, ownership and impact: how do you work with local partners to ensure that your project responds to local demands, needs and contexts?
Jonathan Harle, INASP - Setting the scence
Prof Flora Fabian, University of Dodoma - What makes for a good research partnership? A view from Tanzania
Special guest speaker
Prof Sir Mike Aaronson, Surrey University & Chair, GCRF Strategic Advisory Group
Session 2: Pathways to development impact: policy engagement, practical impact and capacity development
Annelise Dennis, INASP – Effectively building capacity for impact
Clara Richards, INASP – Understanding the demand for evidence amongst Southern policy makers
Dr Rachel Hayman, INTRAC – Working with civil society: the uses of research and evidence in practice and strategies to maximize research uptake
Session 3: Beyond training – embedding capacities in local institutions: how do you develop professional training/development programmes which are embedded within institutions, so that research capacities can be sustained beyond a project?
Andy Nobes, INASP – Connecting researchers: capacity developmebt through AuthorAID online approaches
Dr Hazel McCullough, LSHTM – Professional development programmes for health researchers in Africa
Aline Filiot, INTRAC – Building lasting capacity in civil society organisations through innovative training and learning approaches
Jennifer Chapin, INASP – Embedding training in African and Asian university professional development programmes