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One of three ongoing special projects under the Doing Research Program

The Doing Research program is undertaking three special projects:

  • Partnership with INASP | INASP is an international development organization with nearly 30 years’ experience of working with a global network of partners in Africa, Latin America and Asia. It puts research and knowledge at the heart of development. On March 11th and 12th, GDN and INASP joined hands with researchers, science councils and donors to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Southern research systems. The workshop convened a group of 50 topic experts from across 29 countries, with an overwhelming majority (>75%) from the global South. The discussion ranged from the scarcity of systematic evidence on research systems, to North-South imbalances in access to funding and publishing. The participants stressed the importance of monitoring the impact of the pandemic on medium- and long-term trends shaping research capacity in the South, but also highlighted opportunities national and international COVID-19 responses offered Southern think tanks. The next step in this initiative will be the creation of a steering group, led by Southern actors, to draw the blueprint for a global observatory on research systems. On March 11th and 12th, GDN and INASP joined hands with researchers, science councils and donors to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Southern research systems. The workshop convened a group of 50 topic experts from across 29 countries, with an overwhelming majority (>75%) from the global South. The discussion ranged from the scarcity of systematic evidence on research systems, to North-South imbalances in access to funding and publishing. The participants stressed the importance of monitoring the impact of the pandemic on medium- and long-term trends shaping research capacity in the South, but also highlighted opportunities national and international COVID-19 responses offered Southern think tanks. The next step in this initiative will be the creation of a steering group, led by Southern actors, to draw the blueprint for a global observatory on research systems. For more information, please contact fobino@gdn.int
  • Partnership with the Asia Research Centre (ARC UI) at Universitas Indonesia​ | Over one year into the pandemic, with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) — which invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world — and through the Knowledge 4 Democracy Myanmar Initiative, the Global Development Network (GDN) and the Asia Research Centre (ARC UI) at Universitas Indonesia, working in partnership, have been mobilizing a group of social scientists from South-East Asia (plus Bangladesh and Timor Leste) to answer, individually and with reference to their own country, a number of common questions related to the mobilization of social scientists in national COVID-19 responses. After the inception workshop held in June 2021, the researchers from the 11 selected countries met again in August, to validate country findings and plan a dissemination strategy. Download final report | See details.
  • Partnership with UNESCO | GDN, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems at Lund University in Sweden, is issuing an open call to researchers working in the global South on the topic of research ecosystems/research funding/research capacity in the social sciences and humanities. Successful applicants will join a working group to co-design an ambitious comparative research agenda on the design of funding instruments for research capacity building, and their impact. The call is in response to the shrinking space for international support to Southern research, which makes the task of unpacking, understanding and assessing funding instruments in all their nuances more urgent than ever. See call details. For more information, please contact fobino@gdn.int

See call for national focal points, especially from Francophone countries.

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