For the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its partners, the link between research and policy is of paramount importance in their goal to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions in developing countries. Collaboration between researchers and decision-makers, however, is complex, multifaceted, and often difficult to implement. Further, research is very often designed and carried out without regard for its potential users or beneficiaries.
How should research agendas be developed? What is the role of the private sector in developing research? Which actors are involved in knowledge production and utilisation? How can the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers be improved?
This short and accessible book records the reflections, opinions, and recommendations that emerged from six national workshops organised from 2004 to 2007 in West and Central Africa on the synergy between research and decision-makers.
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