The year 2017 marks the beginning of a new organizational strategy for GDN, adopted following a process of collaboration between a wide variety of stakeholders, including staff, the Board of Directors, partners and others. The new paper, ‘The Road Ahead: Strategy 2017-2022’ outlines a refocused vision, purpose, beliefs, and three strategic directions of work going forward. It also describes GDN’s values, assets and services, as well as a new results framework to guide the implementation of the strategy and measure impact over the next five years.
This renewed approach responds to the challenges of achieving locally-driven, knowledge-based development, based on the following three strategic pillars:
1. Strengthening research in low capacity environments. Because available funding for research capacity building tends to target the highest quality research outputs, to little effort is made to raise research capacity in weaker environments. GDN proposes a specific approach to help local research institutions build their capacity.
2. Delivering high-quality, global collaborative research. Many developing country researchers lack opportunities and incentives to interact globally or engage in substantive, global collaborative work, because such opportunities and incentives require specific efforts that are currently under-rated and under-funded. GDN proposes to use its network and experience to promote research excellence through collaborative research across regions and disciplines.
3. Putting development research to better use. A patent mismatch in developing countries between the potential demand for policy research and the actual supply of academic research results in poor research-policy interaction. GDN proposes to specifically work on the process of using research by using developing various products and approaches to connect researchers and other stakeholders: governments, private sector, civil society.
Download the strategy document to read more about GDN’s vision and commitment to promote better policies and better lives through high-quality policy-oriented social science research, conducted in developing and transition countries across the world.