The Economic and Social Research Foundation, ESRF based in Tanzania supported by the International Development Research Centre, IDRC, of Canada through Think Tank Initiative, TTI, has organized a 3-day workshop for five institutions all based in Africa.


Institutions that participated in the workshop were: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research , ISSER, University of Ghana, Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale ,IPAR, based in Senegal, Policy Research for Development, REPOA, Economic and Social Research Foundation , ESRF, and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Institute, STIPRO all in Tanzania.

The workshop which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 1st to 3rd November, 2017 was on Research Proposal Writing Capacity Development. It had two main sessions; Conceptualisation, Design and Resourcing of Applied Policy Research and a Write-shop which culminated in presentations on the last day of the workshop.

 In all there were 24 participants from Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania and five Resource persons (Consultants /Facilitators) from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The IDRC team was made up of Mr John Okidi, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Julie Lafrance, IDRC Canada and Mr. Diakalia Sanogo, based in Nairobi.

Opening the workshop, Mr. Okidi thanked the ESRF, Facilitators and the IDRC for putting together the workshop. He stressed the need to build capacity of participants so they would be able to write winsome proposals to fill the gap in the event of a void.

This comes at a time the TTI is winding up operations which would see final closure in 2019.

Mr. Okidi urged participants to work hard on the draft proposals in their possession under the close supervision and tutelage of Facilitators and fine tune them as work in progress.

In her delivery on behalf of the IDRC, Julie Lafrance, recalled the eight and half-year journey of TTI which chalked many milestones and that time was almost up since the winding down date is March 2019.

She disclosed that as TTI is about to end evaluators would begin work on the entire 10-year operations and come out with a report.

IDRC she revealed has started discussions about where to hold the final meeting to climax the end of TTI. But she gave a hint it would most likely be in Asia but the exact country is yet to be determined.

Prof Olu Ajakaiye, Lead Facilitator, took participants through the topic: Writing Research Proposals for Funding – a Primer. Ms Maureen Miruka took her turn when she discussed Gender Integration in Research and Development. Other facilitators who took their turns were Ms Julie Lafrance on Engagement and Communications Strategy and Mr. Anthony on Boateng Strategic Costing.

At the end of the teaching sessions it was time for participants to engage in the write-shop – a practical period for each institution to flesh-out their draft proposals and the presentation scheduled for the last day of the workshop.

The ISSER team comprising Dr Martha Awo, leader, Dr Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe, Dr Richmond Atta-Ankomah, Mrs Nancy Sialey and Mr Kwasi Nantwi worked on a praft proposal titled: Tracking the labour market engagement and outcomes of Ghanaian tertiary graduates.

On the last Dr Martha Awo presented on behalf of the ISSER team. The team has since returned home.               

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