Open access movements in developing countries

September 16, 2008

Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Executive Director from UNISA responds to questions raised at the conference about whether the benefits of open access are limited in developing countries. She stresses the importance of the open access movement for researchers in developing countries and argues that it can support greater access to local research. She talks about how institutions need to change and promote their own researchers work in-country rather than purchasing from elsewhere, and encourage researchers to publish in open access journals.

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Why we do what we do

September 16, 2008

Mohamed Motala, Executive Director from the Community Agency for Social Enquiry in South Africa reflects on the importance of the “why” question. He argues that we should continually ask ourselves why we do what we do in regards to public policy issues.
Intermediaries can discuss who they are and how they do things, but they need to first address why they do what they do.

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Are intermediaries neutral?

August 13, 2008

Gillies Kasongo from PANOS Southern Africa talks about the one thing he’ll be taking away with him from the conference. He questions the neutrality of intermediaries and asks: Who influences the way intermediaries operate and why they operate?  Why do intermediaries exist and how neutral are their interventions?

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Intermediaries just repositories or more?

August 13, 2008

Mark Hepworth from Loughborough University in the UK tells us two things he will be taking away from the conference. Can intermediaries be satisfied with being just a repository? How can intermediaries add value and engage with people’s capacity to use information?

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Locating the power of what?

August 13, 2008

Andrew Chetley from Healthlink talks about puzzled reactions and new understandings of the conference title ‘Locating the Power of the In-between’.

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Intermediaries evaluating together

August 13, 2008

Anna Downie (IDS, UK) and Maria McMillan (Dev-Zone, New Zealand) talk about how intermediaries are playing unique often isolated roles and need to compare themselves with others. They talk about how intermediaries could collaborate on evaluation in the future.

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Keeping connections

August 13, 2008

Sonja Tiscenko from REPOA tells us how this conference has been a great opportunity to get people in similar fields together and how we should commit to give feedback to each other and do some big picture thinking.

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