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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Policy to policy implementation

August 13, 2008

Jennifer Liguton from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) talks about how intermediaries face a difficult challenge in bridging research and policy but maybe need to look beyond their role and how they can influence policy implementation.

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Gender – research brokers and intermediaries in different sectors and contexts

July 21, 2008

Jenny began the session by framing the overall messages of the session about the particular significance of being a gender-focused intermediary:

1) Gender itself is a contested term and variously understood by different actors (from Southern feminists to northern donors etc)

a. Including a diversity of opinions about gender is not the same thing as being objective, and requires some political analysis of power, subjectivity and intersectionality of gender and other lenses

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Why this conference isn’t (primarily) about researchers’ own ability to influence policy and practice

July 16, 2008

A lot of the interest in the Locating Power of In-between conference has been from researchers excited by the opportunity to talk about what they can do to ensure their research can better influence policy and practice. This is an important area, one that undoubtedly will be covered at the conference, however it is not the focus of the conference.

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