Are “South-South” interactions geographically restricted?

Southern researchers experience particular barriers to having their knowledge influence global debates on development. Publishing in international journal, in addition to putting together and sharing research ideas is often harder for them. Southern research institutes are less likely to have the communications capacity and budgets of their equivalents in the North so their voices can get lost online and at international events. GDNet’s own survey data also points to the dominance of northern academic practices making it harder for southern research to be seen on an equal footing.

In this video, Nader Kabbani (Silatech, Qatar) sheds light on some of the challenges facing researchers in the Middle East and the South in general. He argues that research clubs located in the South do not interact with each other, but with northern organizations instead.

Besides, the “South-South” interactions are much more elusive, in which people attending conferences in English or Arabic do not interact due to geographical restrictions, so there is a need to address different audience.

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“Spaces for engagement” at the International Conference on Evidence-Informed Policy Making

The program  “Spaces for engagement: Using evidence to improve public decisions”, a GDNet initiative implemented in Latin America by the Center of Public Policies promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), was presented at the International Conference on Evidence-Informed Policy Making, held in Ile-Ife, Nigeria on February 27-29, 2012.

Organized by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the conference brought together researchers with an interest in the use of evidence in policy making, as well as decision makers from different policy making institutions in an effort to understand both the incentives which drive policy makers to look for research information and their capacity to find and evaluate it.

CIPPEC was invited by INASP to present the different strategies and lessons learned from this five-year program, aiming at strengthening the capacity of Latin American Policy Research Institutes (PRIs) in influencing public policies and promoting South-South collaboration between them and African and Asian organizations.

To learn more about the program, check out the full presentation: