Research uptake key to program implementation

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] After interacting with many experts, I have established that scientists, researchers and development practitioners are becoming increasingly interested in understanding how policymakers, programme implementers and communities are using research evidence in decision-making. This emerging interest in a subject commonly referred to as research uptake has gathered momentum and is attracting the …

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Why SDGs could transform Africa

By Alberto Leny Embracing and financing the sustainable development goals could help Africa develop, writes Alberto Leny. Africa is in the limelight as the world ushers in the post-2015 development agenda. The World Bank statistics indicate that 75 per cent of the world’s poorest countries are located in Sub-Saharan Africa, including ten with the highest …

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Celebrity reflections on Africa’s fight against malaria

By Alberto Leny As Africa celebrates a success story from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), who can better narrate the progress made in the fight against malaria than one of the continent’s celebrities — Yvonne Chaka Chaka. At the 3rd Financing for Development Conference (FFD) in Ethiopia last week (13-16 July), when I interviewed Chaka …

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Q&A: Enhancing agricultural transformation in Africa

By Alberto Leny Agricultural transformation and food security continue to feature prominently in Africa’s development agenda. African governments, researchers and international agencies recognise the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) in driving this agenda, as was evident during the2015 AgriBusiness Forum held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo early this year (22-25 March). The …

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