Research Project: Coordinated Case Studies – Innovation for Productivity Growth in Low Income Countries

Innovation and growth

Capacity development

During the implementation of the research and policy dissemination, it is expected that Southern partners will develop their research capability, their organisational capacity and engage in building an enabling environment and links with policy makers. In particular, the capacity building component of the research project is to facilitate individual and organisational learning which develops knowledge, skills and attitudes and long-term strategic networks and alliances, which enable organizations to survive in the long run.

This project explicitly focuses on individual capacity development in terms transfer of knowledge, PhD programs and North-South cooperation in co-authored articles. However, there will be much spin-off for organizational and institutional development.

Research methods seminars

Building research capacity of individuals concerns the improvement of research skills in evidence-based policy making of the researchers of the 10 country teams. Amongst others, this implies short training on research skills and combined quantitative and qualitative research methods with societal relevance and practical applicability in social and economic sciences. Elements include the joint design a research plan, write up and publish research findings, learn how to do societal relevant research and influence policy makers. Senior researchers will train and coach researchers on research methods and particularly the interpretation into policy implications.

PhD studies

In the inception phase, southern partners indicated a need for more profound research capacity development in the form of PhD studies focusing on innovation and policy within the three DFID themes. Under this sub-output, the project will facilitate 10 PhD fellows who will write a PhD thesis at Tilburg University or the Radboud University. The first phase consist of proposal development and, if necessary, some coursework in The Netherlands. Then the PhD student will write three academic papers under joint supervision of researchers in the North and the South. In the mean time, the PhD fellow can do a substantial part of the data collection, entry and processing for the project purposes. It is envisaged that the PhD thesis will be defended at one of the Dutch universities participating in the project. The project budget includes reimbursement of the fee for external PhD students at a Dutch university and the costs of a research visit to the Netherlands to work with the supervisor.