GDNet-AERC Research Communications Workshop

Compared with other major world regions, Africa has had in recent history the worst economic performance, the highest poverty rate, and the worst reproductive health care. The poverty burden in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) today is staggering  and the region is recording a dismal performance relative to the rest of the world with respect to development indicators such as growth in per capita income and availability of basic human needs. The ongoing worldwide studies on pro-poor growth provide strong evidence that despite the progress recorded in terms of economic growth in several African countries during the 1990s, there has been no corresponding reduction in poverty.

With the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) embarked on a collaborative research project to examine the relationship between reproductive health, economic growth and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa.

GDNet-AERC Research Communications Policy Workshop

GDNet-AERC Research Communications Policy Workshop

As part of its capacity building initiative, on May 24-26 2011 GDNet and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), organised a workshop on Research Communication for AERC researchers.

Held in Nairobi, Kenya, the workshop was specifically tailored and designed to support AERC researchers involved in the Reproductive Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Collaborative Research Project to make an impact on policy decisions with their research results. The workshop gathered 16 participants from countries such as Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.

The specific objectives of the workshops were to ensure that the researchers are able to identify their audiences, adjust their messages and use the appropriate channels to reach all the relevant players involved in policy formulation, adoption and delivery. Throughout the workshop, participants learned different skills for particular approaches, products and channels while working on producing specific products for the research project as a whole.

GDNet-AERC Research Communications Policy Workshop

GDNet-AERC Research Communications Policy Workshop

In particular, the workshop focused on how researchers can develop a strategy to reach the policy environment using relevant messages through appropriate channels. In this sense, researchers within the RHEGPR team acquired specific skills that will help them in a broad range of communication and knowledge sharing activities relevant at different stages of the research cycle such as developing a communications strategy, accessing new available knowledge, using online tools for external communication, producing policy briefs and press releases, presenting their research findings and working with the media.

To learn more about the workshop, you can check the GDNet Workshop Community Group. For further information about the GDNet Research Communications Capacity Building Programme, please have a look at the Research Uptake page on our main website.

3 Responses to GDNet-AERC Research Communications Workshop

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  2. Christian says:

    this really sunods interesting too bad I can’t join the workshop this time due to business tripjust hope there will be similiar workshop going forwardwish everyone a good time at the workshop

    • Zeinab Sabet says:

      Dear Christian,
      Thank you for following us. It is a pity indeed we didnt get to work together last May. We organise two workshops per year with AERC and for AERC researchers. We have a similar one in July and a second one in November of this year. Please get in touch with AERC team to learn more about the research projects and how to be involved and benefit from our Research Communications workshops. Also please keep an eye on our blog, our portal, and follow-us on Twitter to learn more about our knowledge base and our online services that we offer to researchers liek you @Connect2GDNet

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