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African Researchers and Decision-Makers: Building Synergy for Development

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

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This short and accessible book is essential reading for anyone interested in … the importance of synergy between researchers and decision-makers in Africa and how this can contribute to development. It highlights the key constraints why research is not used in policy development but also presents initiatives that promote good practice.
— Glenn Laverack (Empowerment Coordinator, World Health Organization)

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. Collaboration between researchers and decision-makers, however, is complex, multifaceted, and often difficult to implement. Further, 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 that emerged from six national workshops organized from 2004 to 2007 in West and Central Africa on the synergy between research and decision-makers.

The editor

Abdoulaye Ndiaye is a Senegalese expert and international consultant in development. He edited this book as a member and on behalf of the IDRC Council of Regional Advisors for West and Central Africa which organized the series of workshops throughout the region.