Facilitating meaningful processes

The possibilities of research uptake in public policy: the case of education for young people and adults in Mexico

The possibilities of research uptake in public policy: the case of education for young people and adults in Mexico

According to the General Census of 2000 and the Population Count of 2005, a third of Mexico’s population has not completed primary education. By lacking basic literacy skills, these people are more prone to poverty and discrimination, and find themselves…

When Academics and Policymakers mix – Reflections from the Philippines

When Academics and Policymakers mix – Reflections from the Philippines

To what extent do academics and policymakers interact with each other and what is the byproduct of this interaction has always been a fascination in public policy literature. I have been teaching public policy to graduate students of Political Science…

An “evidence and communications stalemate” regarding GMOs in Zambia

An “evidence and communications stalemate” regarding GMOs in Zambia

An important question for researchers to ask themselves is what factors affect how evidence is used in policy debates – in other words, the politics of evidence-based policymaking. This is precisely what ODI and the Mwananchi program decided to look…

Young voices, big impact, promising future

Young voices, big impact, promising future

Engaging youth in research is considered a useful source of knowledge on development challenges since they usually provide fresh perspectives and also an effective way of empowering young participation. Involving the young in research processes is fairly new. Recent years…

Leaps of faith: the successful policy without evidence

Leaps of faith: the successful policy without evidence

Finnish schools are among the best in the world, but did not know, and apparently did not want to know it. Ironically, Finns found out that they were actually doing great on education just in 2000 when they participated in…

A role for think tanks in polarized societies

A role for think tanks in polarized societies

Many developing countries are politically polarized. This is certainly the case in Latin America. Many of these countries are about to face electoral milestones (e.g. Paraguay 2013, El Salvador 2014, and Venezuela 2013 after former President Chavez’s death), where polarization is…