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This book outlines the experiences and recommendations for synergy between researchers and decision-makers as discussed at six national workshops organised by the International Development Research Centre between 2004 and 2007 in West and Central Africa.

The book notes experiences that promote collaboration between researchers and decision-makers, including:

·         Democratising political environments, with their increasing freedoms of expression, improves relations between research producers and decision-makers

·         Establishing formal and informal consultation frameworks enhances information flow between researchers and decision-makers

·         Publishing and disseminating research findings increases visibility of evidence

Recommendations to improve the dialogue between researchers and decision-makers are also discussed in the book, including:

·         Increasing the openness of research organisations to requests for evidence by decision-makers

·         Ensuring that researchers present information in a more accessible format for decision-makers

·         Promoting the creation of national multi-sectoral research networks to cover multidimensional research themes

To read more, please follow this link to download the full report.

If you use the information detailed in the report, please cite as follows:

Ndiaye, A. ed., 2009. African Researchers and Decision-makers: Building Synergy for Development. African Books Collective. CODESRIA & IDRC.

CODESRIA: The Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa. To find out more about CODESRIA please follow this link.

IDRC: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale. To find out more about the work of IDRC, please follow this link