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#K4SD | Message from the Lord Mayor of Bonn
#K4SD | Impact investing
#K4SD | Workers, managers and productivity
#K4SD | Young researchers influencing policy
#K4SD | WANASEA study tour
Doing Research | Spreading the word 
GlobalDev | Convergence for better policy
Calls and opportunities
#K4SD | Message from the Lord Mayor of Bonn

The Lord Mayor of Bonn, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, hosted international delegates of the 19th Global Development Conference, 'Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research-Policy Nexus [#K4SD]' at a reception at the Old Town House in the city of Bonn. Later, in a specially recorded message, he said, "I think the outcomes of this conference are very important not only for Bonn but for the entire world." He also participated in a conference side event, '100 Cities, 100 Dialogues.'  The Deputy Mayor, Hon. Reinhard Limbach, opened the conference (Watch). Download Presentations from #K4SD. Stay tuned for the conference outcomes in GDN's Research Monitor (read previous editions).
 
#K4SD | Impact investing

A #K4SD session on impact investing and harnessing the power of the private sector for social development was co-organized by the European Investment Bank and the Global Development Network. The backdrop of the discussions was the innovative EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance and the need to think differently about understanding the social returns from private sector investments. Panelists, drawn from the World Bank, Neilson, the Paris School of Economics, the University of Pretoria and the International Finance Cooperation, brought in perspectives from development finance institutions, the private sector and academia. They argued for a radical change in the way the world thinks about development and the private sectors role, including (i) moving from financial to social accounting, since private and social prices often do not coincide, (ii) the need to transition to a positive, measurable framework resting on data and tracking, (iii) the importance of continuous learning and being transparent and accountable through the learning. 
 
#K4SD | Workers, managers and productivity

The forthcoming book, 'Workers, Managers, Productivity: Kaizen in Developing Countries' presents a collection of case studies on Kaizen – an innovative, bottom-up management practice developed in Japan – in an effort to introduce it to developing countries. The book summarizes evidence that Kaizen results in productivity and quality improvements, and in some cases, it enables firms to upgrade their position in global value chains. A panel discussion on the topic at the #K4SD Conference, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency–Research Institute (JICA-RI), presented linkages between the research findings and concrete actions taken by practitioners on the ground in Africa and Asia. Read more about the recently concluded Kaizen collaborative research program, led jointly by JICA-RI and GDN, which culminated in the book.
 
#K4SD | Young researchers influencing policy

Inviting young researchers to the #K4SD conference enabled them to gain a platform to present their work, and receive feedback from top international experts and network with peers from around the world. A dedicated session, 'Young Researchers Influencing Policy' showcased examples and insights from the Brazilian and Indian Humboldt Foundation Fellows in Germany, working on public health and waste management projects; as well as from the Public Policy Lab at the American University in Cairo, which trains students on the policy process in Egypt; and from BEROC, a Belarusian think tank. Panelists discussed academic requirements for career advancement vs policy outreach; the legitimacy, access and independence of young vs seasoned researchers, as well as the factors influencing research communications.  Download presentations from this and other sessions at #K4SD. Additionally, 13 finalists from a youth blogging competition and 30 posters based on research from around the world, were showcased at the conference.
 
#K4SD | WANASEA study tour

Researchers from institutions involved in the Erasmus+ project WANASEA (wanasea.eu) attended the #K4SD conference as part of a study tour aimed at bringing international exposure, visibility and experience to its partners. They organized a session, 'Knowledge and decisionmaking in water and natural resource management in SE Asia' which fostered discussion about the complex relationship between academics and decisionmakers, as well as public and private decisionmakers through case studies from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Find out more about the study tour. 
 
Doing Research | Spreading the word

GDN's Doing Research program was presented at the 6th Altmetrics conference on the theme of ‘Bridging Worlds/Beyond Humanities', in Stirling, UK. View presentation [starts at 32 mins] and read related blog on the implications for the future of Social Science. Meanwhile, findings from the pilot study in Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru were published as part of the book, 'Transformation of Research in the South,' available for free retrieval on the eac.ac website. Read full paper. Researchers Inaya Rakhmani and Zulfa Sakhiyya wrote a piece in The Conversation saying that Indonesian policymaking is not informed by quality research and academic freedom. Interested in the Doing Research program? Contact Fracesco Obino.
GlobalDev Blog | Entrepreneurship and development economics: convergence for better policy

What is the role of entrepreneurship in development? The scholarly fields of entrepreneurship economics and development economics have recently started to intersect, which bodes well for improving the foundation of entrepreneurship policies. This column outlines how the two fields are converging and how this may lead to better policies. Read this and other articles on our GlobalDev blog.
 
Calls and Opportunities

The submission deadline for the call for papers, for the PEP Achieving Sustainable Development in the Least Developed Countries Conference 2020 is December 18, 2019 | AuthorAID is a free pioneering global network that provides support for researchers in low and middle income countries | Applications for the WinterSchool for Thinktankers 2020, to help prepare for future leadership roles, are open. Read more about the the WinterSchool 2020, as well as 2019 and 2018 editions | The EADI conference on 'Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice' will take place in The Hague, Netherlands from 29 June- 2 July 2020. The call is open until 15 December 2019.| Interested in a job at J-PAL? Check out J-PAL careers here | The Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) at the Green Climate Fund is looking for highly qualified impact evaluation interns; apply by 19 December | Comments on the proposed charter for Our Common Digital Future are open till 30 January 2020.
 
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