Archive for the ‘Research4Life in the News’ Category

Empowering Agricultural Researchers through the Internet

12th June 2014

Scientific research is a vital component of development, but often academics from developing countries have to struggle in order to have access to up-to-date scientific literature, such as international journals, books and databases.

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Research4Life’s HINARI featured at World Health Organization

27th January 2014

WHO recently featured HINARI, with special interviews with Research4Life user and Director-General of Sudan’s Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation, Gamal Khalafalla Mohamed Ali, who heads the national agency responsible for getting medical supplies to all public health institutions.

For the full feature visit the WHO feature page.

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Africa doubles research output over past decade, moves towards a knowledge-based economy – Research Trends

4th December 2013

Ylann Schemm looks at the factors contributing to a promising trend of African research output. The author cites many :  increased funding, significant policy changes within countries, improved research infrastructure, both human and physical and others – but she notes that much more needs to be done to further improve this upward trend. Read the article in Research Trends here. 

 

About the author: 

Ylann Schemm, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager,  drives Elsevier’s corporate responsibility programmes which focus on research capacity building in the developing world and advancing women in science. She manages the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Programme which provides additional infrastructure-building, medical library needs assessments, preservation of unique research, and training to boost information literacy and research skills to enable the optimum use of Research4Life. Ylann also chairs the Research4Life partnership’s Communications and Marketing working group.

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United Nations – Food and Agriculture Organization Radio: 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program

21st September 2013

 

10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program

 African librarians win the Research4Life competition

18 September 2013, Rome—    This week marks the 10th anniversary of Research4Life’s AGORA agricultural program – a program coordinated by FAO, together with major publishers – which provides over 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing countries with

Onan Mulumba, a librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, was honoured by Research4Life for recognition of young, motivated and innovative talents at FAO Headquarters. An Honourable Mention for a second case study was also awarded to Cynthia Kimani, librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library. They are being interviewed by Liliane Kambirigi, FAO.

free or low-cost access to leading journals in the fields of health, agriculture, and environment. This past summer, the Research4life Library Competition recognized the role of librarians in building research capacity and boosting output among scientists, doctors and policy makers. Onan Mulumba, a librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, has won this year’s competition. He was honoured earlier this week during the AGORA anniversary celebrations at FAO Headquarters. An Honourable Mention for a second case study was also awarded to Cynthia Kimani, librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library. A recognition of young, motivated and innovative talents.

Mulumba and Kimani visited FAO studios to share their stories about the impacts of the AGORA program and how the Research4Life initiative is a game changer in the field research and information sharing in developing countries. (Interview conducted by Liliane Kambirigi)

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 Photos from Anniversary celebrations in Rome, Italy 

 

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FAO Press Release: Bridging the information gap in agriculture

16th September 2013

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva awards Mr. Onan Mulumba for his outstanding contribution to the Research4Life Library Competition.
El Director General de FAO, José Graziano da Silva premia el Sr. Onan Mulumba por su excelente contribución al concurso “Héroes Anónimos”

AGORA makes online scientific literature available to over 100 poor countries – Tenth anniversary celebrated in Rome

16 September 2013, Rome – AGORA, a programme that brings key scientific literature on food, agriculture and related fields to students, researchers and scientists, has become a crucial tool for some of the world’s poorest countries.

Access to information is key to develop agriculture and ensure food security.

Ten years after its launch in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) now provides free or low-cost access to over 3 500 key journals and 3 300 books in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.

“Lack of access to knowledge is a major bottleneck for many poor countries to develop their agricultural sector and ensure food security,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva celebrating AGORA’s 10th anniversary in Rome.

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Elsevier Connect: Q&A with Stephen Rudgard as AGORA celebrates its 10th anniversary

14th September 2013

Equipping agricultural scientists in the developing world with the research they need 

AGORA is used by agricultural researchers from across developing countries. (Photo: ©FAO/Danfung Dennis/FAO)

 

Stephen Rudgard is the Chief of Knowledge and Capacity for Development at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. He heads a global team that manages programs aimed at strengthening capacities of institutions and individuals in developing countries to manage and share information and knowledge. The team facilitates several global partnerships that provide access to agricultural information and develops global standards for agricultural information management.

Ylann Schemm, who manages Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, interviewed Rudgard for Elsevier Connect for the 10th anniversary of AGORA  (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) on September 16.  AGORA provides free and low-cost access to key peer reviewed research in food, nutrition and agriculture.

Read article here

 

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Research4Life featured in the WHO World Health Report 2013

21st August 2013

The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low- and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.

Research4Life’s HINARI programme has been featured in this years report on page 40. To access the report, click here.

 

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Raising Burkina Faso research to international standards (Wiley Exchanges)

11th June 2013

Research4Life’s Charlotte Masiello-Riome introduces Wiley Exchanges readers to AGORA, and how the programme showed agronomist Sami Hyacinthe Kambire that his research was not as original as he had thought – but this realization was exactly what he needed to lift his work to international standards. read more

 

 

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TEDMED Highlights Research4Life as it Announces Final Speaker Lineup

22nd April 2013

TEDMED referenced Research4Life as part of its achievement to simulcast conference globally to 50 countries and 2,500 Organizations.

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Elsevier Connect: Measuring the impact of research access in the developing world

22nd January 2013

How Research4Life is being used to improve health care and economic development by Richard Gedye.

Published 7 January 2013

We all know that in many parts of the developing world, there are shortages of food, clean water, adequate housing, health care and other resources necessary for a well-functioning economic and social infrastructure. What is less appreciated is how these countries have historically also lacked access to up-to-date scientific research. Not only does this lack of access limit scientific activity; it deprives policymakers of knowledge that could help them address many of the symptoms of national underdevelopment.

For the past decade, Research4Life has been working to close this knowledge gap by providing developing nations with free or very low-cost access to peer-reviewed journals.  more

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AllAfrica.com -Rwanda: Scholars Train in Scientific Research

7th January 2013

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti, 5 December 2012 in AllAfrica.com

Over thirty research trainers from higher institutions of learning and research institutions are undergoing a three day training on effective methodologies to access research material.

The training being conducted by Kigali Institute of Education in collaboration with Research4Life.  More


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Building a Global Research Culture – Supported by the Elsevier Foundation, Librarians Without Borders® (LWB) teams up with ITOCA to train librarians, doctors and teachers at the University of Swaziland in Research4Life Programmes

21st June 2011

Supported by the Elsevier Foundation, Librarians Without Borders® (LWB) teams up with ITOCA to train librarians, doctors and teachers at the University of Swaziland. Since launch, the LWB program has equipped hundreds of information professionals and researchers in dozens of developing countries with the necessary skills to exploit the electronic resources available through Research4Life.

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Research4Life’s AGORA Programme Helps Researchers in Burkina Faso Address Agricultural Challenges (PDF)

10th September 2010

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Research4Life’s AGORA Programme Helps Researchers in Burkina Faso Address Agricultural Challenges

New video illustrates how local research institute uses scientific information to change the way people grow their crops.
As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso regularly suffers from drought, poor soil, lack of adequate communications and other infrastructure, a low literacy rate, and a stagnant economy. With 80% of the population relying on the agricultural sector, improving the productivity and competitiveness of Burkina Faso’s agricultural sector is a critical issue for the country’s future.

Download the PDF here

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Bridging the Digital Divide Through Open Access by Kenyan Researcher Joseph Juma Musakali

6th January 2010

Improving ICTs is critical to create an environment for open access WHO/TDR/CrumpKenyan researcher Joseph Juma Musakali asks what African research institutes can do to exploit the open access movement.

Publishing scientific findings and accessing the research of others is an essential part of the academic process, particularly to encourage debate and foster innovation.

Read the whole article on SciDev.net

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New “Research4Life” Umbrella Brand Launched to Embrace the Three Key United Nations-Led Initiatives which Offer Research for Free or at Little Cost to Developing Nations

30th May 2009

The HINARI, AGORA and OARE cooperative public-private partnerships (PPPs) between UN agencies, STM publishers, universities and university libraries, philanthropic foundations and technology partners enjoy well-established reputations among some specific target audiences, including institutes, librarians and users.  Partners have launched a new umbrella brand dubbed ‘Research4Life’ to embrace the three key United Nations-led initiatives which offer research for free or at little cost to developing nations.

Read the full article over at www.pspcentral.org

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OARE: Closing the Scientific Information Gap: Interview with Mohamed Atani, UNEP

26th May 2008

Mohamed Atani is officer-in-charge of the publishing unit in the Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) based at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi. His main responsibilities included: running UNEP’s Publishing Board; supervising writing and editing, advising UNEP divisions on matters pertaining to publishing; managing electronic publishing, supervising marketing and distribution; and supervising the graphics/layout unit.

Read the interview with Mohamed Atani at www.unep.org

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Diabetes Post: Closing the information gap: The HINARI, AGORA and OARE programmes

20th May 2008

International Diabetes Federation

The lack of access to scientific and medical literature has historically been a major challenge in developing countries. In a world that is increasingly digital, effective opportunities now exist for connecting healthcare providers, researchers and policy-makers with online research and clinical information. The authors report on HINARI, AGORA and OARE programmes built on partnerships between publishers and UN organizations which provide researchers from developing countries with access to the world’s latest scientific literature.

Read more in Diabetes Post

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