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pp. iii-iv

List of Boxes

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p. v

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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pp. vii-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiv

Development policies in our African countries can only be sustainable if they are grounded in local realities. Such policies should lead to actions and solutions that are suitable, sustainable and culturally acceptable, not only within...

Contributors

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction: Why Reflect on Synergy Between Researchers and Decision-makers in West and Central Africa?

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pp. 1-14

Research is a fundamental element in the national development process. It plays a key role in every sector: economic, scientific, technical, social and cultural...

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I. A Complex and Multifaceted Collaboration, Often Difficult to Implement

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pp. 15-39

In general, most decision-makers are concerned with the consequences of deteriorating relations between researchers and decision-makers. Benin’s Minister of Health lamented the lack of research in essential...

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II. Experiences and Initiatives that Promote Collaboration between Researchers and Decision-makers

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pp. 41-64

In Africa, relations between researchers and decision-makers are highly dependent on national political environments. In some countries where freedom of expression is very limited, researchers rarely have the opportunity...

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III. Recommendations to Improve Dialogue between Researchers and Decision-makers

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pp. 65-74

At the end of the series of meetings, the fundamental recommendation was the inclusion of researcher - decision-maker synergies in the programmes of governments, research organisations and civil society at local, national...

Notes

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pp. 75-76

References

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pp. 77-80

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