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Doing Research in Developing Countries
Research Insights on Education
Connecting Policy and Research
Data for Development
A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends, I am happy to introduce our refreshed monthly dispatch, GDNews, after a few months of interruption. It carries short features and updates about the Global Development Network, and we would love your feedback on it. As temperatures soar in New Delhi, our priorities this month include working on a new strategy to guide our work, taking stock of our recent education conference in Lima and drawing lessons from our innovative Doing Research program for scale up. Stay tuned for more! Regards, Pierre Jacquet.
DOING RESEARCH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

A new blog series captures the challenges of doing research in developing and transition countries. Completed studies on the domestic research environments are now available for Niger, Indonesia, Cambodia, as well as Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru.  A recent webinar, outlining ‘Why the Research Environment Matters,’ is available online. To help shape a tool to systematically assess and compare the research environment for social sciences at country level, please stay tuned for our second webinar in June.
RESEARCH INSIGHTS ON EDUCATION

GDN’s 17th Annual Global Development Conference concluded successfully in Lima, Peru in March 2016. The topic was “Education for Development: Quality and Inclusion for Changing Global Human Capital Needs.” The conference presentations represent some of the latest development thinking on the topic of education. The event was sold out with over 400 participants from 54 countries. Here are some key bits of reportage.
CONNECTING POLICY WITH RESEARCH

The interface between research and public actors in the area of education needs to be strengthened. Nine research teams from smaller countries in Latin America and the Caribbean met in March, in Peru, to refine their research ideas on promoting the quality of education through public policy in the region. These include teacher training and certification programs, school autonomy reforms and curricula development. The group received feedback from policymakers, experts and peers and reshaped their proposals for possible support from GDN, in the context of a new project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Learn more.
DATA FOR DEVELOPMENT

Open data is crucial to improving aid accountability. Susannah Robinson presented her winning essay on the Future of Development Assistance at the sidelines of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings last month. She is one of the 13 winners of GDN’s Next Horizon’s Essay Contest, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Susannah emphasized that a 360 degree information loop between communities, services providers and regulatory services is essential. Learn more.
RECOGNITION FOR NORA LUSTIG

Nora Lustig, former Vice Chair of the GDN Board is the 2016 recipient of the Schloss Prize for excellence in research. Nora has been internationally recognized as a leading expert on inequality and poverty, with a particular focus on Latin American countries. She has served on GDN’s board since 2010, and has been on a short leave of absence from here duties since December 2015. Nora’s recent research accomplishments are truly outstanding. See more.  
WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE DOING

The Economics, Education and Research Consortium  will be hosting their 40th conference in Kiev, Ukraine on May 21-22, 2016. The African Economic Research Consortium will hold its biannual conference from May 29- June 2, 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya, on integrating African markets. The East Asian Development Network (EADN) will hold its annual forum on 1-2 June in Pasig City, in The Philippines. The Economic Research Forum has launched a call for papers for its next conference in March 2017.
NEW PUBLICATIONS AT GDN

Our Annual Report 2015 was published in early 2016 and provides an overview of our current work and interests. GDN also brings you a range of new local research in 2015-2016, including a working paper series. Four papers supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency are about development catch-up strategies for AfricaASEAN countries stuck in a middle-income trap, the trade and growth nexus in South Korea, and the self-help approach to rural development in Vietnam
 
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