Friday, July 4, 2014

#ID100: Identifying Critical Questions for Development Research & Policy

From Monday June 30th  to July 3rd 2014, I was a guest of the University of Sheffield, Sheffield in the UK, as part of the #ID100 Project: Identifying critical questions for development research& policy.  Participants who are experts in International development were invited to identify and agree on the most important questions in International Development (ID). With the deadline of the MDGs fast approaching, these questions will define how the post-2015 agenda can be addressed in a realistic and evidenced way. The event started on July 1st 2014 in Sheffield, UK was hosted by the Sheffield Institute for International Development, a flagship research institute within the University of Sheffield, UK.

The Moment when the last of the 100 questions was identified and voted for. 
The ID100 Project opened a worldwide consultation with individuals and organizations from across policy, practice and academia, inviting them to submit questions that address the world’s biggest environmental, political and socio-economic problems. So over the course of the two-day research workshop, over 30 leading international experts in fields directly related to international development debated and voted on the submitted questions in order to short-list the 100 most important ones. I was part of those invited experts.

This final list (100 questions) will be published as an influential policy report and as an open-access article in a leading academic journal. All workshop participants will be co-authors. Similar priority-setting exercises, in fields ranging from biodiversity conservation to food security, have been instrumental in framing global research priorities for policy development and implementation.

I believe that that I made a significant contributions to the debate particularity in Rights, Governance and Participation  as well as in the Development & Aids Politics Working Groups.  (Inspired by the activism part of my career)  You can see some of my tweets via #ID100 

For now I am in London for a short summer holidays. 

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