A Thinking Net…

Are we able to map the connection between research and policy in the South?

A new initiative launched ‘Politics & Ideas: a think net’ is a joint effort of researchers and practitioners to produce and share innovative knowledge linking ideas and politics in developing and emerging economies. The initiative aims to think critically about the relations between ideas, research, and politics to support a more constructive use of research based evidence in policy making.

It is a Southern led space that aims to encourage researchers and practitioners to speak about their own challenges and share their perspectives about policy making as they encounter them at the local, national and regional levels. Visit this link to learn about the team behind Politics & Ideas: a think net. Initially this is a small team but hopefully will grow with new members, collaborators and associates. This initiative is inspired and nuanced by Enrique Mendizabal , Vanesa Weyrauch, Sherine Ghoneim and myself . :)

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GDNet reaches out to researchers

By Maya Madkour – GDNet

GDNet is now reaching out to its researchers, letting them know their work has been featured on a number of its regional windows. Part of a strategic decision to cultivate long-term partnerships with its users, GDNet understands the importance of putting a name, and face, to the organization.


GDNet staff now contact researchers every week to find out how they can create a better, more rewarding online experience. Researchers are then informed that their profile is on rotation, where users can access their work, information, and find out more about what they do; they’re encouraged to participate, and play an active role; whether by submitting their most recent work, using online services, or by providing feedback.

The reactions we’ve elicited were heartwarming to say the least; many were excited to find out their work had been featured. One particular researcher was happy she found a platform where she can learn from other users and get feedback on her work. Accessing Southern knowledge from many parts of the developing world also made her very happy.

We will continue creating direct linkages between GDNet staff, researchers, and our audience, to better accommodate their needs and serve as a knowledge hub and intermediary.