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For Africa’s health, economic growth and poverty reduction welfare

Africa is a wonderful, beautiful, exciting continent and offers amazing experiences and adventures. However, these experiences are often slowed down by health issues along with concerns of economic growth and poverty.

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow in the continent, so do the numbers of people fall through the cracks finding themselves homeless, and neglected.

AERC in partnership with GDNet and CommsConsult arranged a two days workshop in Kenya. The workshop focused mainly on approaches that researchers would undertake in order to better communicate research to their target audience to maximize uptake and impact.

GDNet-AERC Policy Brief Training Workshop

GDNet-AERC Policy Brief Training Workshop

Researchers hailed from almost all over the “Motherland” African continent countries. Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Burkinafaso, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Uganda, Benin, Malawi, Sierra Leone and of course Kenya; the host country along with Egypt represented by me and my dear travel mate and colleague Ms. Zeinab Sabet.

Day 1 started with a brief intro and a warm welcome from AERC representatives; Prof. Damiano Manda and Dr. Innocent Matshe. “Communications is one of the most overlooked things in your lives”, Dr. Matshe expressed his concern for such a fact. He stressed that “communicating” is generally ignored and for a successful approach to culminate, communicating must be implemented.

For AERC, poverty is one of the main objectives to study. As health is very much affected by poverty, it is again a topic that should be clearly discussed. In doing so, workshop participants are encouraged to raise their concerns they encounter in their receptive researches to shed more light on such challenges that would serve the cause.

Mrs. Megan Lloyd Laney; CommsConsult Director and workshop facilitator took over to declare the opening session and commencement for Day 1 activities. Mrs. Megan stressed on the workshop’s main focal objectives. Objectives included how to increase the understanding of communications with targeted audience, build capacity and skills of researchers and produce a concise “policy brief” for each research project.

Megan Lloyd-Laney, CommsConsult

Megan Lloyd-Laney, CommsConsult

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GDNet presentation skills training for Awards and Medals finalists to kick-start in Budapest

Being an influential researcher requires you to be good at research – of course that goes without saying – but also an excellent communicator!  As basic as it sounds, it is often the reason why robust research fails to be looked at or acted on and thus researchers fail to make a bigger impact with their work.

Awards & Medals Finalists

Awards & Medals Finalists

It is increasingly not enough for scholars to be methodologically thorough and to produce robust and objective research. To be effective, they need also to be proficient communicators who can engage policymakers and the media with their results and its implications for wider development debates.

With this in mind, a special two-day GDNet Research Communication Training Workshop will be held in Budapest, Hungary, prior to the GDN 13th Annual Conference. The Presentation Skills training, held on June 14-15, is designed for Awards and Medals finalists.

Delivered jointly with CommsConsult, the workshop aims to do two things: first to strengthen capacities to identify key messages and tailor research for different audiences; and second, to develop skills, confidence and a powerful presentation for each finalist to present to the Judging Committee and other scholars at the conference.

The training will showcase inspiration speakers and work with participants to develop principles of effective communication in the written and spoken word. It will use video-critique and peer review methods to improve the styles and build the confidence of participants to present their work in different forums, including at the Conference Ceremony later in the week. The training will also explore some of the social media tools to help researchers make their research travel to a broader audience.

Learn more about the GDNet’s Research Communications Capacity Building Programme

Check GDNet Research Communication Training for Awards and Medals Finalists 2010, Bogotá, Colombia

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Dr. Justine Nannyonjo discusses communicating research at the Bank of Uganda

Blog written and posted by Betty Allen on Research to Action

I recently co-facilitated a Policy Brief Writing workshop for the Global Development Network (GDNet) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

This workshop brought together a specific group of researchers who have produced research papers for the AERC “ICT and Economic Development” Project and is the fourth in a series of research communications capacity building workshops, which have been taking place globally since 2010.  The researchers came from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, the Congo, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda and it was incredibly interesting to hear about the different levels of capacity their research institutions and organizations have for communicating the work they carry out.

In the short clip below, one of the workshop participants, Dr. Justine Nannyonjo, Head of Domestic Resource Costs and Index of Agricultural Production at the Bank of Uganda, discusses the challenges she faces in communicating her research. The Bank of Uganda has an in-house communications department and policymaking body, which come together every week to discuss research findings. However, opportunities remain limited for researchers in connecting with these key decision-makers. Dr. Nannyonjo believes that “communicating in the Bank is fairly new” and it must be pushed and encouraged.

GDNet-TrustAfrica Policy Workshop

On 7-8 June 2011 GDNet, in collaboration with Trust AfricaCIPPEC and CommsConsult, organised a two-day policy workshop for the researchers involved in the Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund (ICBE-RF). The workshop, held in Kampala, Uganda, gathered 22 participants from different African countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

GDNet-TrustAfrica Policy Workshop

GDNet-TrustAfrica Policy Workshop

The Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund (ICBE-RF) is a joint project of TrustAfrica and Canada’s International Development Research Center initiated in 2006. It seeks to strengthen policy research that can help improving the investment climate and business environment in Africa, through grant making, capacity strengthening, and policy dialogues. During its first phase, the project supported a cohort of 54 research teams from 33 institutions in 16 African countries and more than 150 individual researchers who are conducting cutting-edge research on a diverse range of issues impacting the investment and business environment in Africa.

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