African Researchers and Decision-Makers : Building Synergy for Development. Abdoulaye Ndiaye (ed). CODESRIA & IDRC, 2009, 80 p. ISBN CODESRIA : 978-2-86978-260-0; ISBN CRDI: 978-1-55250-464-2Number of visits: 2865
For the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its partners, the link
between research and policy is of paramount importance in their goal to improve social,
economic and environmental conditions in developing countries. The nature of the
collaboration between researchers and decision-makers, however, is complex,
multifaceted and often difficult to implement. Moreover, research is very often designed
and carried out without regard for its potential users or beneficiaries.
How should research agendas be developed? What is the role of the private sector
in developing research? Which actors are involved in knowledge production and utilization?
How can the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers be improved?
This short and accessible book records the reflections, opinions and recommendations
which emerged from six national workshops organised between 2004 and 2007 in West
and Central Africa on the synergy between researchers and decision-makers.