This webinar introduced a new rubric to assess opportunities for research partnerships to inform public policies or strengthen institutions for effective policy implementation in small-scale fisheries in Myanmar (national level) and Pacific Islands region and sub-Saharan Africa (regional level) .
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 (EDT) / 22:00-23:00 (UTC+8)
Organizers: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe).
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Too often, research aiming to inform public policies or strengthen institutions for effective policy implementation remains disconnected from the real political economy of policy and institutional reform. This webinar introduced a new rubric to assess opportunities for research partnerships that navigate this complex terrain of power and leverage sometimes unexpected spaces of engagement.
It also illustrated the rubric with application to three cases in small-scale fisheries—one at national level (Myanmar) and two at regional level (Pacific Islands region and sub-Saharan Africa). The speakers also discussed four principles for designing research to engage in policy and institutional change: (a) nurture multi-stakeholder coalitions for change at different points in the policy cycle, (b) engage alternative forms of power and spaces of engagement, (c) embed ongoing research communications to support dialogue, and (d) employ evaluation in a cycle of action and learning to strengthen research engagement.
While the cases are drawn from the fisheries sector, the intent was to spark a discussion on the applicability of the rubric and principles across other sectors of agriculture, rural development, and natural resource governance.
- Blake Ratner - Executive Director, Collaborating for Resilience
- Philippa Cohen - Program Leader, Resilient Small-scale Fisheries, WorldFish
- Jonathan Mockshell - Agricultural Economist, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT
- Danielle Resnick - Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader, Governance, IFPRI
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