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The development of consultancies in South Africa

Authors : Linda Richter and Julia de Kadt

Abstract : Although attractive because of its immediate relevance to real-world challenges, problem-oriented research has raised concerns about the empirical validity, conceptualstrength and political susceptibility of its findings. Governments, intergovernmentalorganizations, aid agencies and donor groups insist increasingly on its use in shapingand evaluating development practice and policy. These growing ...

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Author : Karen O’Brien

Abstract : Global environmental change is a challenge to traditional disciplinary research practices. The scale, rate, magnitude and significance of changes to the global environment have made it clear that ‘research as usual’will not suffice to help individuals and groups understand and respond to the multiple, interacting changesthat are now occurring. The social sciences have an important role to pla ...

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Author : Maureen Mweru

Abstract : An examination of most of the highly ranked journals reveals that few, if any, articles are published byacademics from sub-Saharan African universities. This is the case even when the article’s main topicdirectly relates to issues relevant to sub-Saharan Africa. The study outlined here aimed at explaining whyAfrican, and specifically Kenyan, academics do not publish in international refereed jo ...

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Social science capacity-building in Latin America

Author : Alberto D. Cimadamore

Abstract : Promoting a way of thinking that is capable of relating social sciences to urgent socialproblems in Latin America requires an appropriate regional institutional environment.This goal has been one of the greatest challenges over the past forty years. One ofCLACSO’s central priorities is to empower centres from relatively less developedcountries and areas by ensuring their social scientists’ pa ...

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Social science research capacity in Asia

Author : John Beaton

Abstract : The Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) comprises fifteenmember nations that enjoy differing degrees of social science research capacity. Somerapidly developing countries such as India and China have very large and well-funded socialscience resources, while others are developing capacity as their circumstances allow. Besidesgrossly inadequate funding, their comparative ...

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Capacity development challenges in the Arab states

Authors : Seteney Shami and Moushira Elgeziri

Abstract : Current challenges in the Arab region require a concerted and wide mobilization of resources aswell as the thoughtful identification of capacity-building modalities to respond to various needs.Major capacity-building targets ought to include the enabling of learning and the exchange ofexperiences within the region and the coordination of scientific and research policy across theregion, as well as ...

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