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Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition Winners Announced

29th November 2016

Left: Mary Acanit, Librarian from Uganda. Right: Alice Matimba, Researcher from Zimbabwe.

A librarian from Uganda and a researcher from Zimbabwe winners of the Advocacy Competition

The Research4Life/INASP Advocacy Competition has received inspiring stories from researchers and librarians around the world. More than 150 applicants have shown that it is possible to advocate for improved evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

After an active deliberation process by a panel of selected judges including information experts, and leaders in the field of research information, we have selected two winners for the competition, Mary Acanit from Uganda and Alice Matimba from Zimbabwe. They will be joining us next year in Oxford at the Research4Life General Partners Meeting and the Publishers for Development conference. Both winners will receive a travel grant thanks to the support of our partners Elsevier, INASP and SAGE and a £100 book voucher from Taylor&Francis. We have also awarded a honourable mention to Dinah Baidoo from Ghana, who will receive a year subscription to a reference collection from SAGE.

We congratulate all the participants for their incredible work and efforts to support the research environment in their institutions.

Here we present you the winners:

Mary Acanit (winner)

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As an Assistant Librarian In charge at Kyambogo University Library in Uganda, Mary coordinates all ICT-related activities in the library. She organizes information literacy trainings and workshops and trains library staff on new and emerging technologies so that they are aware of new developments in the library profession.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-19-26-pmAlice Matimba (winner)

A Senior Lecturer in pharmacology and genomics at the University of Zimbabwe, her research focuses in human genomics, pharmacogenomics, biobanking and ethics. Alice is an advocate for improved health and well-being. She is currently a Principal Investigator at the Zimbabwe Diabetic Foot Project and the Zimbabwe Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Project, which aim to provide screening education and for the prevention of diabetes.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-3-21-09-pmDinah Baidoo (honourable mention)

An assistant librarian at Ashesi University College in Berekuso, Ghana; Dinah has represented her library in many meetings, seminars, congresses and conferences locally and internationally. She organizes and train users for effective use of the library eResources. Dinah is also a sub-committee member for INASP/CARLIGH for advocacy/marketing of eResources.

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INASP and Research4Life Launch Research Advocacy Competition

28th June 2016

Global case study competition spotlights how users in the developing world have successfully advocated for a sustainable research culture.

London, United Kingdom June 28, 2016INASP and Research4Life have announced today a competition to recognize the critical role that researchers, librarians, policymakers, doctors and other professionals play in advocating their leaders to support research in their institutions and countries. The competition calls for case studies demonstrating how users have overcome hurdles to boost critical leadership support for the information and infrastructural resources needed to improve evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

Over the last two decades, INASP and Research4Life have worked to close the information gap between developed and developing countries by providing free or low cost access to academic, scientific, and professional peer-reviewed content online and providing the necessary training to support researchers, practitioners, librarians and authors in building viable research ecosystems. The competition will run from June 28th to September 15th and highlight best practice in garnering support from leaders to improve the sustainability of this access and usage. Case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international partners from the INASP and Research4Life communities.

Julie Brittain, Executive Director of INASP says: “Since 2002, INASP has been working with libraries, library consortia and publishers to supply relevant and appropriate online literature to academics and researchers in all fields. Top level support from institutional leaders has enabled librarians to provide access to much needed content and to build awareness and use among academics, researchers and students. We are keen for all those involved to share stories of how they have gathered support from decision makers and budget holders, as this is the key to on-going, long term access to research literature.”

“Since 2001, Research4Life has been working to provide access to critical research in the developing world. Our reach has grown to 117 countries and 69,000 journals, books and databases, but we realize more than ever that it can only be truly sustainable if leaders “upstream” of practitioners, researchers, and librarians are equally supportive of this need,” said Richard Gedye, Chair of the Executive Council for Research4Life and Director of Outreach Programmes at the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, “Our competition aims to celebrate and share those advocacy successes.”

The INASP/Research4Life Advocacy Competition is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and policymakers whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes  Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI or has access to research through an agreement mediated by INASP. Submissions will be accepted through http://www.research4life.org/research4life-inasp-advocacy-competition. The winner be announced in November and invited to present their work at the annual Publishers for Development conference and Research4Life General Partners Meeting in the UK in July 2017. Three contributing Research4Life partners have pledged prizes: Elsevier will provide the winner with a travel grant to cover their attendance at these meetings, SAGE Publishing has offered a one year subscription to a major reference work and Taylor & Francis will provide an honourable mention award.

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About INASP
INASP (www.inasp.info) is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.

About Research4Life
Research4Life (www.research4Life.org) is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research in Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8,000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to nearly 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

 

Media Contacts:

Natalia Rodriguez
Communications Coordinator
Research4Life
communications@research4life.org
@r4lpartnership

Alex Kealey,
Communications Officer
INASP
akealey@inasp.info
@INASPinfo

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Research4Life-INASP Advocacy Competition

20th June 2016

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Over the last two decades we have worked together with INASP to close the information gap between developed and developing countries by providing free or low cost access to academic, scientific, and professional peer-reviewed content online and providing the necessary training to support researchers, practitioners, librarians and authors in building viable research ecosystems.

In order to highlight the critical role that doctors, researchers, librarians and policymakers play in advocating their leaders to support research in their institutions and countries, we have joined efforts with INASP to run the 2016 Research4Life/INASP advocacy competition.

The competition calls for case studies demonstrating how users have overcome hurdles to boost critical leadership support for the information and infrastructural resources needed to improve evidence based health care, agriculture and environmental policies as well as basic research in their countries.

So we would like to know whether you as a user, librarian, or other stakeholder have successfully advocated “upstream” for support for the research enterprise in your particular institution or country.

  • Have you been successful in efforts to make increased resources available, either in the form of funding for the conducting of research, funding for acquiring access to critical journals, books, or databases, or for improving the quality and quantity of the technological infrastructure and equipment provision in your institution?
  • More challengingly have you ever been able to advocate for a more evidence based local or national government policy based on external research to which you have had access or indeed research which you yourself have carried out?

If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, why not enter our new competition. It is designed to highlight and honour examples of successful advocacy in support of improving research capacity within your institution or country or the deployment of research results to achieve evidence based policy development at either local or national level.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and library staff whose institution is either a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI – or who have access to online journals or books as a result of deals intermediated via INASP.

Deadline:  September 30th 2016

Judges:  Case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international partners from the INASP and Research4Life communities.

Prizes: Elsevier will provide the winner with a travel grant to the 2017 Publishers for Development conference in the U.K, SAGE Publishing has offered a one year subscription to a major reference work and Taylor & Francis will provide an honourable mention award.

Submissions: Click here to submit your entry.

For more information send an email to communications@research4life.org

This competition is kindly supported by:

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INASP y Research4Life: concurso para la promoción de la investigación

En las últimas dos décadas, INASP y Research4Life han trabajado para cerrar la brecha existente entre países desarrollados y en vías de desarrollo, ofreciendo acceso en línea gratuito o a bajo costo a contenidos académico, científico y profesional revisado por pares. Además, han trabajado facilitando la capacitación necesaria para el apoyo a investigadores, profesionales, bibliotecarios y autores para la construcción de ecosistemas de investigación viables.

Con el fin de resaltar el papel fundamental que juegan los médicos, investigadores, bibliotecarios y tomadores de decisiones en el apoyo a la investigación en sus instituciones y países, hemos unido esfuerzos con INASP para lanzar el concurso “Research4Life/INASP: Promoción de la Investigación”. El concurso convoca estudios de caso que demuestren cómo los usuarios han logrado superar obstáculos para estimular un apoyo crítico al liderazgo de los recursos de información e infraestructura necesarios para mejorar la atención de salud basada en la evidencia, la agricultura y políticas ambientales, así como para la investigación básica en sus países.

Nos gustaría saber si, como usuario, bibliotecario u otro tipo de participación, ha impulsado con éxito estrategias de apoyo a la investigación en su país o en su institución.

  • ¿Ha tenido éxito en sus esfuerzos para incrementar el número de recursos disponibles, ya sea en forma de presupuesto para el desarrollo de la investigación, o de fondos para la adquisición de suscripciones a revistas científicas o bases de datos en línea, o bien para mejorar la calidad de la infraestructura y equipamiento tecnológico disponible en su institución?
  • ¿Alguna vez ha sido capaz de abogar por políticas a nivel local o nacional basadas en evidencia a través de investigaciones a las que ha tenido acceso o por medio de investigaciones que usted mismo ha llevado a cabo?

Si puede responder a cualquiera de estas preguntas, este concurso es para usted.

El concurso ha sido diseñado para resaltar y rendir homenaje a aquellos ejemplos exitosos en el apoyo para mejorar la capacidad de investigación dentro de su institución o país o la difusión de resultados de investigaciones para lograr el desarrollo de políticas basadas en la evidencia, ya sea a nivel local o nacional.

Elegibilidad: El concurso está abierto a todos los investigadores, profesionales, bibliotecarios y personal de biblioteca cuya institución se encuentre inscrita en uno de los programas de Research4Life – Hinari, AGORA, OARE y ARDI – o que cuente con acceso a recursos de información a través de la colaboración con INASP.

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Fecha límite: 30 de septiembre de 2016

Jurado: Los estudios de caso serán revisados por un comité internacional de asociados de las comunidades de INASP y Research4Life.

Premios: Elsevier proporcionará al ganador una beca de viaje para asistir a la conferencia “Publishers for Development” a realizarse en el Reino Unido. Adicionalmente, SAGE Publishing ha ofrecido un año de suscripción a una obra de referencia. Igualmente, Taylor &Francis proporcionará una mención honorable.

Inscripciones: Haga clic aquí para enviar su inscripción. Sólo se reciben inscripciones en Inglés

Para mayor información puede enviar un correo electrónico a: communications@research4life.org

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