“Researchers need to earn the right to be heard”
The Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA) Programme is a three-year long research project in which researchers from Latin America and Africa collaborate to conduct comparative research on issues currently on the agendas of policy actors in their countries. The current phase is a collaboration between 12 countries on 6 research topics ranging from Informality and Inclusive Growth to Domestic Violence. More information can be found here: http://ella.practicalaction.org
Say for Development spoke to Dr. Ayobami Ojebode, the leader of the research team from Ibadan University, Nigeria. His team collaborated with a team from El Salvador on community based crime prevention, focusing on how communities work together to fill the gap of inadequate security provided by the state in Nigeria. The Ibadan University research team actively collaborated with key stakeholders (including the police force) throughout the research process. Say for Development spoke to Ayobami to understand what development practitioners can learn from his team’s experience with involving key stakeholders in the research process.
You are hearing from Bangladesh, a ‘development surprise’ in recent times for the rest of the world due to its cumulative success on socio-economic advancement. The Economist published an editorial on November 3, 2012, about Bangladesh titled ‘out of the basket’. The Guardian addressed it as a ‘new wave economics’. According to the Guardian on December 18, 2012, the economy of Bangladesh is expected to overtake western countries by 2050. The Goldman Sachs highlighted Bangladesh as one of the ‘Next 11’ emerging economies. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bangladesh will become the 23rd largest economy in the world by 2050 (Bangladesh ranks 34th now).