- Knowledge base
- Policy question
On 11 and 12 May 2015, INCLUDE organized a working conference called ‘Building Policy-Knowledge Communities for Inclusive Development in Africa’ in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the conference was to explore how the Platform can improve its cooperation with African organizations and think tanks in knowledge sharing and dissemination. The conference was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including Platform members, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from international development organizations and NGOs.
On 11 May, the conference opened with a keynote speech by Dr Basil Jones (African Development Bank) and response from Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u (former governor of the Central Bank, Kenya). This was followed by two sessions, during which policy-makers, practitioners and researchers discussed policy questions related to ‘Productive employment in horticultural value chains and female entrepreneurship’. The aim of the sessions was to develop a policy-knowledge community around each theme. During these sessions, policy-makers and practitioners presented some of the burning issues in their fields. Researchers from the NWO-WOTRO funded research groups of INCLUDE reacted to these issues and outlined how their research might contribute to addressing them. Reports of the sessions will be published on the INCLUDE website soon.
On 12 May, the newly-awarded research projects on social protection presented their projects as so-called ‘elevator pitches’. During roundtable sessions, researchers discussed the potential cross-linkages between the projects, as well as ways to promote policy engagement and research uptake. Reports of the roundtable discussions will be also published on the INCLUDE website in due course.
All of the presentations that are available will be uploaded on the INCLUDE website as soon as possible, together with a full report of the conference.
INCLUDE would like to thank all of the participants who attended the working conference for their contributions.
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R. Pyburn, G. Audet-Bélanger, S. Dido, G. Quiroga and I. Flink