20th July 2010. RIUs Central Research Team has produced an initial synthesis of some of the findings from the RIU Africa Country Programmes. These findings make a case for appropriately-funded rural development brokering agencies that can bring together a wide range of partners and find the best ways to remove bottlenecks that stop research getting into use.
Jeroen Dijkman writes: "The policy implications from the preliminary findings by the RIU Africa Country Programmes are:
These findings raise important questions about how global public research and development efforts could or should reorient themselves to be able to respond."
RIU will be doing more work and analysis to test these early findings including reviewing the skills, competencies and other factors that need to be in place for the brokering agencies to be successful.
Author: Jeroen Dijkman