Topic: Research

India’s Schooling Crisis

Beyond excited to host a development hero, Jean Drèze, on the blog. He introduces some new research showing that in India, the prolonged closure of schools has taken a heavy toll. A sound strategy to deal with this crisis is nowhere in sight. Indian children have been “locked out” of school for almost a year […]

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ICYMI: Some summer highlights on FP2P

It has come to my attention that in some parts of the northern hemisphere, people were away during chunks of late July/August on some retro exercise apparently known as ‘holidays’. Mary Sue Smiaroski suggested I help with their re-entry by linking to some of the best FP2P posts they may have missed while away. No […]

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Exploring a new governance agenda: What are the questions that matter?

Nicola Nixon, Stefaan Verhulst, Imran Matin & Philips J. Vermonte explore a really interesting initiative to crowdsource the most important current issues on the governance agenda. Late last year, we – the Governance Lab at NYU, the CSIS Indonesia, the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, Bangladesh and The Asia Foundation – joined forces across […]

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Remunerating Researchers from the Global South: A Source of Academic Prostitution?

Next up in our series on the realities of being a researcher in the DRC, Élisée Cirhuza Balolage. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series or see list at end of this piece. Reposted from the Bukavu series original. While researchers from the Global North are granted […]

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North-South Power Differentials and Competition in the Research Business

Next up in our series on the realities of ‘research in the South’, reposted from the Bukavu workshops in the DRC, by Godefroid Muzalia. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series or see list at end of this piece. Original here. Collaborative research is committed to a […]

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We Barely Know These Researchers from the South! Reflections on Problematic Assumptions about Local Research Collaborators

Next up in the series of reposts of Bukavu blogs from the DRC, Emery Mudinga. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series or see list at end of this piece. Original of this post here. I’d like to reflect on three main assumptions that are circulating concerning […]

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Armed Guides and Otherness: Vignettes from the Field

Two short pieces give us the next flavour of on the ground research in the DRC, reposted from the Bukavu Series. First, Eric Batumike Banyanga on ‘When an Armed Guide is Imposed on You: Navigating Research in a Conflict Zone’. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series […]

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How Researchers Navigate in Armed Conflict Zones: Some Do’s and Don’ts

How do you do research in a war zone? Josaphat Musamba in the latest of our reposts from the Bukavu series. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series. Original post here. To begin with, it’s important to underscore general principles and guidelines, which don’t necessarily relate […]

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When Focus Groups Fail: The Argument in Favour of Involving Local Researchers in Project Design

Next in our series of reposts from the Bukavu Series, Vedaste Cituli Alinirhu explains why importing methodologies from outside doesn’t always work. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series. Original post here. One qualitative technique popular among researchers is the use of focus groups. But this […]

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“Donor-Researchers” and “Recipient-Researchers”: Bridging the Gap between Researchers from the Global North and Global South

Next up in this series of posts from the Bukavu workshops, we get into the nuts and bolts of the power differentials within the research ‘supply chain’, with Judith Nshobole. Introduction to the Bukavu series here. Search on ‘Bukavu’ for the other posts in the series. Original post here. Power imbalances between “donor-researchers” and “recipient-researchers” […]

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