Upcoming GDNet Research Communications Capacity Building Workshops
GDNet is organizing a Research Communication Policy Workshop, in collaboration with AERC, IFPRI, CommsConsult and CIPPEC, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, during the period from 24-26 May, 2011. As part of the series of workshops for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) researchers, this workshop will focus on how the projects can build a strategy to reach the policy environment using the relevant messages through the appropriate channels. Researchers within the team will acquire specific skills to work specifically with the channels of most relevance to their specific projects, such as: development of a communications strategy; access to new available knowledge; use of online tools for external communication; production of policy briefs and press releases; presentation and collaboration with the media.
A second policy workshop will be held, in collaboration with Trust Africa, CommsConsult and CIPPEC, in Kampala, Uganda, in June, 2011. Entitled “GDNet – Trust Africa Policy Workshop”, the workshop will introduce the theories of research into policy and provide an understanding of a policy influence plan. It will also involve a practical session on how to communicate with policymakers and how to produce appropriate communication tools for effective engagement with the media. The workshop will gather participants from the following countries: Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania and Uganda.
Recent GDNet Research Communications events
Following the “Technical Assistance on Communications and Analysis: Media Workshop” which took place in Mombasa during the period from 4-5 June, 2010, a second workshop was held in Mombasa, in collaboration with AERC and CommsConsult, during the period from 25-26 November 2010 prior to the AERC Biannual Conference.
Entitled “GDNet Research Communications Policy Workshop”, the workshop focused on policy engagement and aimed at building skills on how to write a policy brief. It also introduced the theories of research into policy and provided an understanding of policymaking processes.
The workshop gathered researchers from 16 African countries (Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zambia).
A special two-day Communications Training for Awards and Medals finalists was held in Bogota, in collaboration with CommsConsult, on the 11th and 12th January, 2011, prior to the GDN Annual Conference. The workshop aimed at strengthening their capacity to both identify the headlines of their research and make it accessible for a range of different audiences. The climax of the training sessions was the presentation of each finalist's research in a confident and engaging style to the other scholars at the conference and the judging committee.
The Training showcased examples of inspirational speakers and worked with participants to develop the key principles of effective communication in the written and spoken word. Video-critiquing and peer-review methods were used to improve the styles and build the confidence of participants to present their work in different forums, including at the Conference Ceremony later in the week.