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African Researchers and Decision-makers. Building Synergy for Development

Building Synergy for Development

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

Publication Year: 2009

For the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its partners, the link between research and policy is of paramount importance in their goal to improve social, economic and environmental conditions in developing countries. The nature of the collaboration between researchers and decision-makers, however, is complex, multifaceted and often difficult to implement. Moreover, research is very often designed and carried out without regard for its potential users or beneficiaries. How should research agendas be developed? What is the role of the private sector in developing research? Which actors are involved in knowledge production and utilization? How can the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers be improved? This short and accessible book records the reflections, opinions and recommendations which emerged from six national workshops organised between 2004 and 2007 in West and Central Africa on the synergy between researchers and decision-makers. Abdoulaye Ndiaye is a Senegalese expert and international consultant in development. He edited this book as a member and on behalf of the IDRC Council of Regional Advisors for West and Central Africa which organized the series of workshops throughout the sub-region.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv

List of Boxes

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pp. v

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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pp. vii-x

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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...


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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...


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pp. 75-76


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pp. 77-80

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E-ISBN-13: 9782869783850
Print-ISBN-13: 9782869782600

Page Count: 98
Publication Year: 2009