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Dr. Zaid represented the research consortium in Nairobi, Kenya

Representing the PENHA-UCL-Adigrat University Consortium for the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA) Dr. Zaid Negash has attended the INCLUDE and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) organized working conference on 'Building Policy-Knowledge Communities for Inclusive Development in Africa' in Nairobi, Kenya on 11th and 12th May 2015. A brief news item was produced by the INCLUDE/AERC follows.

The conference explored how the Platform can cooperate with African organizations and think tanks in knowledge sharing and uptake around the research projects supported by the Platform. Policy-makers and practitioners discussed with researchers how their burning questions in the fields of female entrepreneurship and fresh produce value chains can best be answered. These deliberations are an important step in the formation of policy knowledge communities that will promote the use of evidence in policy making and implementation. INCLUDE is now encouraging its members to take a leading role in further developing a programme with knowledge activities to realize this.

Also at the conference, the newly awarded research groups on social protection introduced their projects. All research groups took part in the training on ‘How to talk to and think like a policy-maker’, emphasizing the need for the early engagement of policy-makers and end-users in the research process.

Presentations from the conference will be made available in the dossier of the conference on the INCLUDE website as soon as possible together with a full report of the conference. You can visit our Twitter channel for impressions of the conference. INCLUDE would like to thank all of the participants who attended the working conference for their contributions.

For the Report  click here.

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Photo Credit: Anthony