IHP news 526: Miscellaneous

By on June 14, 2019

IDS Bulletin – Exploring Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development

Edited by J Georgalakis & Paula Rose; https://bulletin.ids.ac.uk/idsbo/issue/view/237?utm_campaign=IDS+Bulletin+50.1&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_content=&utm_medium=email

This issue aims to identify how partnerships focused on the production of policy-engaged research seek to achieve societal impact and explores the challenges in these processes. The collaborations analysed span academia, civil society and government, from the grassroots to the national and global levels. …  The featured case studies are explored through the perspectives of both researchers and their partners in civil society and policy. They are predominantly taken from a diverse portfolio of research projects funded through the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Strategic Partnership. A collaboration with the Impact Initiative, this IDS Bulletin is essential reading for all those in research organisations, development agencies and donors committed to the better use of evidence and learning for development.”

For all you “framework fans”, we suggest you check out first the  Introduction: Identifying the Qualities of Research–Policy Partnerships in International Development – A New Analytical Framework

This article sets out a framework for analysing research–policy partnerships for societal change in international development settings. It defines types of change associated with engaging research evidence with policy and practice and draws on existing literature to explore how partnerships between researchers, intermediaries, and evidence users may be better understood. The proposed framework sets out three interconnected qualities of effective partnerships: (1) bounded mutuality, (2) sustained interactivity, and (3) policy adaptability. We apply this framework to the articles included in this IDS Bulletin describing ESRC-DFID-funded research projects in a variety of international development scenarios.”

IISD – Governments Exchange Views on Details of SDG Summit Outcome


UN Member States provided suggestions on the entire zero draft of the political declaration to be adopted at the SDG Summit. Some noted that with several SDG targets due in 2020, the declaration should contain a commitment to accelerating their implementation, and possibly a call to revise those targets. A new draft is expected on 10 June ahead of the next consultation meeting on 12 June.

Brookings (blog) – Can technology improve service delivery?

S Devarajan; Brookings ;

Blog summarizing some key messages of the recent (Pathways for Prosperity Commission) report Positive disruption: health and education in a digital age’  and then analysing where it could be improved further.

They conclude: “In short, while “Positive disruption” presents a realistic, well-grounded, and yet ambitious vision for harnessing technology to improve service delivery, I think it should be even more ambitious, and explore ways of using digital technology to strengthen the weakest link in the service delivery chain, namely the ability of citizens, especially poor citizens, to hold politicians accountable.”

Vox – The war to free science


“How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.”

In-depth analysis of the current state of affairs.

Oxfam (blog) – How can Daniel Kahneman help organizations get better at Strategic Planning?

Duncan Green; https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/how-can-daniel-kahneman-help-organizations-get-better-at-strategic-planning/

Oxfam is embarking on another round of strategic planning. Duncan Green explores in this blog whether Kahneman’s ‘Systems 1-2  in the mind’ distinction can also be useful for organisations’ strategic exercises.  Nice blog!

Guardian – Leaked documents reveal Russian effort to exert influence in Africa


Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin is leading a push to turn the continent into a strategic hub, documents show.”

And an excerpt: “…. the Kremlin said it would host the first ever Russia-Africa summit in October in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Putin and Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, will chair the event. About 50 African leaders are due to attend. The aim is to foster political, economic and cultural cooperation. … … The closest relations are with CAR, Sudan and Madagascar – all put at five. Libya, Zimbabwe and South Africa are listed as four, according to the map, with South Sudan at three, and DRC, Chad and Zambia at two. …

“…Other documents cite Uganda, Equatorial Guinea and Mali as “countries where we plan to work”. Libya and Ethiopia are flagged as nations “where cooperation is possible”. …”

Devex – Closing the digital divide is ‘urgent’ global issue, UN task force warns


A multistakeholder approach — and an unknown amount of funding — is needed to help ensure that every adult has affordable access to digital networks by 2030, according to a new U.N. expert panel on digital cooperation. As the world becomes more digitized, the risks of leaving the most marginalized people offline increases, according to the U.N. secretary-general’s High-level Panel on digital Cooperation, which briefed the U.N. General Assembly on the findings of its first report this week in New York.”

NPR – To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over


We expect this innovative idea for research posters will go viral. In fact, it already does. Also in Dubai next year?

“… So a couple months ago, [Morrison] tweeted out a little video. It’s a cartoon he made about the nightmare that is the scientific poster session. In it, he proposed a new poster design. It looks clean, almost empty. The main research finding is written right in the middle, in plain language and big letters. There’s a code underneath you can scan with a cellphone to get a link to the details of the study….”

Quick link:

NatureRussian biologist plans more CRISPR-edited babies   Was probably an “accident waiting to happen”.

See also the related Nature Editorial –   Act now on CRISPR babies.

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