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  • Writer's pictureVanesa Weyrauch

An invitation to unleashing southern research leadership: how can we use technology better to ensure

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Would you like to join an online discussion and a panel session at the Development Studies Association conference to identify how technology can better contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge that is relevant to societal needs?

INASP, AuthorAid, The Institute of Coding, The Open University and Politics&Ideas are convening a dialogue and co-creation process using reflective and collaborative strategies to identify and then test new ways of harnessing the potential of technology to ensure that southern research serves the needs of local communities.

In preliminary discussions with regional facilitators in the AuthorAID network we have already identified three distinct challenges: 1) Access to high quality relevant findings; 2) Channels or spaces for communication between and among researchers and ccess makers; and 3) Researchers’ capacity to influence policy and practice. We invite you to join us to clarify these challenges and identify ccess solutions that can be ccessf the AuthorAID and other platforms.

Who should join the call for action?

We are looking for contributions from:

  1. Researchers who are deeply connected to the real needs of your local and national communities and looking for better ways to ccess knowledge for and contribute to finding appropriate solutions.

  2. Researchers and research users who are interested in exploring how new technologies (including AI and machine learning) can help to do this.

  3. Research leaders and funders looking for ways of maximising the ccessf research programmes.

  4. Research users who would like to be able to ccess more relevant research-based information to address the problems you are trying to solve.

How will you benefit from joining the call to action? 

You will benefit by:

  1. Tapping into collective intelligence of a global network of development researchers to experiment with solutions to improve the future of  your communities.

  2. Contributing to a southern-led community of practice on how research can better be used for real change

  3. Free participation in our workshop at DSA2020 in June and ccess to all other sessions at the conference for the 50 most enthusiastic contributors.

  4. A Continuous Professional Development (CPD) badge issued by the Institute of Coding, The Open University. UK.

What is the whole process

The process has already started with a conversation between facilitators on INASP´s AuthorAID platform. The next steps will be:

  1. An online discussion using a padlet inboard to identify specific challenges and possible technological solutions.

  2. A virtual workshop during DSA2020 to review and refine the challenges and co-create some possible solutions for piloting.

  3. The opportunity to be involved in pilot projects testing the new approaches over the rest of 2020.

  4. A second online workshop in early 2021 to review progress and identify further collaborative work

How to join the call for action?

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