NAI is investing in new Sida co-operation
NAIs research will get closer to the aid trough involving practitioners and policy-makers in an early phase of the research process.
– We hope that we can have a systematic dialogue with networks and groups at Sida, where we think that we are especially prepared to discuss and present our research. An obvious dialogue partner at Sida is the new Africa Department, says Lena Johansson de Chateau, new employee project manager at NAI, to work with the Sida-financed program ’Aid and Institutional Change’.
Four different research projects will be included in the one year pilot of the program within the frames of institutional change. The projects deal with business issues , marketing, corruption and researcher mobility . The overall goal is to create conditions for poor people to improve their living conditions.
– We want the research results to be active knowledge and to be useful in the aid. The research can only be policy and practically relevant if we have an active dialogue with practitioners and policymakers.
NAI is already involved in another Sida-financed program ranging from 2012 to 2014 to support regional research and policy impact in Africa. In the new project NAI will be even more “under the radar” and listen to actual issues and needs in aid through activities that aim at dialogue and collaboration between research and aid practice.
– If you are going to get ownership of issues, all need to be on board from start, says Lena Johansson de Chateau.
The following NAI projects are included in the pilot phase of the program ' Aid and Institutional Change ':
- Inclusive Development of agricultural markets: the case of post-conflict Liberia
- Business for development? Institutional change and international corporations in Africa
- Academic mobility in Africa: modes and narratives of mobility and career paths among Ph.D. holders in donor dupported programs targeting institutional research capacity building
- Corruption along ethnic lines: a study of individual corruption experiences in 17 African countries