A glimpse on the key challenges faced by researchers in communicating with policymakers

As part of the exercise to build the researchers’ capacities at the GDNet-AERC Policy Brief Training Workshop, I had the opportunity to interview some of the participants on a number of questions related to their research work.

Some of them talked about the challenges they face when communicating their research to policymakers, among which:

–          Ensure publication of the research and its dissemination among different policy actors

–          Necessity of being donor-driven

–          Ensure dissemination beyond academic journals and conferences

–          Establish contact and trust with journalists

–          Avoid political interpretation of research findings

Others were asked about their research findings and recommendations. The aim was to get them to present key messages from their research within 2 minutes.

Watch highlights from researchers presenting their key findings and recommendations below:


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