Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


RFGI in 2014: How Far Have We Come?

A brief from the directors of the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative

Number of visits: 740

The RFGI Bulletin
The Newsletter of the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative

The Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI) was launched on January 9, 2012, at a ceremony in the historic island of Goree, Senegal. In attendance were the 34 researchers recruited by the RFGI; the RFGI directors (Ebrima Sall, Jesse Ribot, James Murombedzi, Edmund Barrow and Gretchen Walters) from the implementing institutions (CODESRIA, IUCN, and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign); and representatives (Drs. Goran Bjorkdahl, Sara Gräslund, and Susanne Von Walter) from our funders, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The launching also served as a research methods meeting clarifying the RFGI concepts, research variables, expected outcome and timelines. The RFGI is grateful to key resource persons that made the methods meeting a success; these included Prof. Bernard Lututala (CODESRIA), Cheikh Mbow (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop), Prakash Kashwan (University of Connecticut) and Marta Monjane (IUCN).

By March 2012, our researchers were already in the field, and by June 2012, they had submitted a first draft of their working papers. The papers were reviewed at the second RFGI research methods meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2012, in Saly, Senegal. Participants at Saly included the RFGI directors, researchers, and two partner researchers (Patrick Matata and Billy Mbilizi) from TROPENBOS International DR Congo program. In attendance also was Susanne Von Walter representing SIDA, and Prakash Kashwan, the quantitative research methods resource person.

At the end of this meeting, the RFGI researchers proceeded on the second phase of field research. They were tasked to complete their field research by end of 2012, and update their research working papers in preparation for rigorous review at the final research methods meeting scheduled for early 2013.


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