Local Research for Better Lives


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This program promotes African research on key development issues on the continent, with the overarching goal of enhancing development effectiveness. It aims to build a thematic network of researchers-donors-policymakers by undertaking tailored activities, including research, capacity building and facilitating dialogue between researchers and policymakers, to promote African voices on aid effectiveness and its implications on the changing donor landscape in Africa.


  • To build a reliable platform for development experts and policy makers from aid recipient countries to voice their recommendations on how to improve development cooperation between Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and non-DAC donors in Africa
  • To strengthen the capacity of African policy institutions to act as policy advisors to donors and Africa governments on development assistance issues
  • To develop authoritative research products that inform USAID strategic priorities on select issues such as on extreme poverty, food security, economic analysis and reform, agriculture development, public/private partnerships, trade, domestic and foreign investment

Download the program fact sheet here.


The program is supported by USAID, and coordinated by GDN in cooperation with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) with US$ 553,000 from Apr 2015 - May 2018.

For further information, contact Francesco Obino, Head of Programs.

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