December 14, 2021
December 15, 2021
Virtual Workshop, United States

More needs to be done to expand the engagement of researchers from low and middle-income countries in development research. But what are we learning about the emerging best practices for engaging researchers? From mentorship to network building, from targeting funding to strengthening the pipeline of researchers, what are we learning about what works? And where should we increase our focus?

On December 14 and 15, 2021, a group of individuals from various universities, research and policy institutions, and funding organizations shared their experiences and learnings to create greater opportunities for locally-based research. The event was organized in the following sessions:

Tuesday, December 14, 2021


Welcome and Keynote Address
Dr. Radha Rajkotia, Innovations for Poverty Action, and Professor Leonard Wantchekon, African School of Economics

Building Networks Across Countries and Continents
Led by Associate Professor Eugénie Maïga, Université Norbert Zongo with the participation of Frank Odhiambo, Doctoral Student, ETH Zürich; Jennifer Nyakinya, The Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa; and Professor Andrew Dillon, Northwestern University

Wednesday, December 15, 2021


Better Data, Better Policy
Led by Professor Gituro Wainaina of the University of Nairobi with the participation of  Professor Kabiru Kinyanjui, Chuka University; and Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa, Usawaagenda

The Role of Funders in Supporting Low- and Middle-Income Country Researchers
Professor Hellen Inyega, the University of Nairobi with the participation of Jane Mariara from the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) and Juliette Seban from the Innovation Fund for Development

Led by Karine Kouacou, Innovations for Poverty Action

Read a short summary of the main takeaways from this event in the below Twitter thread: