Press Release: The NextGen Database – Helping you Connect with Experts Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Press Release: The NextGen Database – Helping you Connect with Experts Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

From left to right: Kate Grantham (Vice-president CASID), Liam Swiss (President and CEO, CASID), Andréanne Martel (Program Officer Next Generation Collaboration for Development, CCIC), Shannon Kindornay (Director, Research, Policy and Practice, CCIC), Laura Avalos (Program Assistant, Next Generation Collaboration for Development, CCIC)

Ottawa, ON (SEPT 26, 2019).  The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) launched the revamped NextGen database yesterday at Occo Kitchen in Ottawa, as part of the final event of the Next Generation – Collaboration for Development program. The NextGen Database contains more than 600 Canadian researchers and development experts working in international development and humanitarian assistance and can be used by media, students, policy makers, and the general public.  The database is accessible here.

The first iteration of the database was released in 2017 and since then, the Next Gen team partnered with Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada to link research in Canada to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development.  Areas of research on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were mapped and this helped identify researchers in Canada from civil society organizations (CSOs), universities, think-tanks and research institutes who contribute to the implementation of the SDGs in Canada and at the international level.

The Next Generation – Collaboration for Development program is a partnership between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). On September 25 and 26, the NextGen Program held its final Symposium and concluded a three-year research initiative that aimed to position Canada as a leader in innovative, multi-stakeholder international development and humanitarian research, practice and policy development. The program encouraged better collaborations between civil society and academia and strengthened the Canadian ecosystem of research and knowledge sharing.

“The NextGen database is an invaluable tool that will showcase the work done by Canadian researchers to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. We encourage all researchers to sign up and create a profile in the database.”

Liam Swiss

President, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)

“This tool provides access to an impressive community of experts working in international development and humanitarian issues.  We hope that it will be used widely as a resource by different audiences, including the media, practitioners, policy makers and students.”

Nicolas Moyer

CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)

About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC): 
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.

About the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID):
The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development. CASID is a membership-based organization.

 

Media Contact:
Thida Ith, Media and Communications Officer
tith@ccic.ca
Phone: (613) 241-7007 ext. 343
Cell phone: (437) 779-0883

For more information about the NextGen database:
Andréanne Martel, Program Officer
amartel@ccic.ca

 

 

Find out more about the NextGen Symposium

Find out more about the NextGen Symposium

NextGen Symposium

 

The NextGen Symposium is organized jointly by the  Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)   and the  Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) as part of the Next Generation program: Collaboration for Development.

This final event of the Next Generation for Development Program will be an opportunity to share learnings from the program and to work on a new research agenda. By opening the space for shared principles, guidelines, and tools on the second day, the Symposium looks to strengthen the ecosystem of research and knowledge-sharing across the range of Canadian development actors in academic and non-academic circles.

Day 1 Objectives

 

  • Unpack the Canadian political economy of new knowledge partnerships;
  • Examine incentives for universities and grant makers to support non-academic research outputs;
  • Learn from transnational experiences of research collaborations and policy contexts;
  • Identify avenues to build from successful scholar-practitioner models of collaboration in research approaches, methodologies, analysis and dissemination.
 

Day 2 Objectives

 

  • Learn from examples of research collaborations and their key outcomes;
  • Learn about and demo tools for effective partnership;
  • Delineate shared principles and guidelines for effective policies and practices in research collaborations;
  • Identify new research areas and next steps for the NextGen Program (by invitation).
Improved and Expanded Version of the NextGen Database

Improved and Expanded Version of the NextGen Database

The NextGen Database has been improved and expanded!  This online, searchable database helps to identify potential new collaborators (and collaborations) for Next Generation. The database also allows the media, students, policy-makers, and the general public to identify Canadian experts working on global sustainable development issues including international development and humanitarian assistance, but also on domestic issues related to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The NextGen database launched in 2017 and in its second phase in 2019, NextGen teamed up with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada to link research in Canada to relevant SDGs by mapping areas of research around the SDGs/ Agenda 2030. NextGen mapped areas of research to the SDGs agenda to identify how researchers in Canada contribute to the implementation and understanding of the SDGs.

The Nextgen database is part of the Next Generation – Collaboration for Development program, a partnership between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID).

To learn more about the NextGen database, click here.

CCIC and University of Ottawa are Launching a Research Project on Gender Equality

        

CCIC, via the Next Generation program, is launching a collaborative research project with the University of Ottawa examining how CCIC members and their partners in the Global South address gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Funded by Mitacs, this research initiative is led by Sheila Rao who is a postdoctoral candidate at University of Ottawa. She is currently doing a secondment at CCIC for this project through the Next Generation program.

Sheila will conduct a survey and interviews with CCIC members to get an overview of members’ existing organizational and human capacity to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in current programming overseas. She will also assess how this might have been influenced by current activities and progress around Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. The project will run until December 2019.

About Sheila Rao

Sheila Rao is an anthropologist and international development consultant based in Ottawa. Her recent doctoral thesis examined interventions in nutritional health and agricultural development in Tanzania through a feminist political ecology lens. Prior to completing her doctorate, Sheila worked in Canada and overseas for over fifteen years in project management and research communications, including several years with Farm Radio International.

Partnerships in Practice – The Political Economy of Research Partnerships in International Development in Canada

Academic research institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) across Canada are motivated to collaborate on research partnerships as a way to produce rigorous research, improve practice in the field, and shape evidence-based international development policy. But how do we ensure such partnerships remain fair, equitable, and effective? This summary report shares the initial findings from a multiple-case study of seven research partnerships across Canada that examines the power dynamics, and the political and economic contexts that affect how partners structure—and make meaning of—collaboration.

Partnerships in Practice

 

Three Things to Know about Partnerships for Development

Three Things to Know about Partnerships for Development

By Emilie McGiffin, Andréanne Martel and Gavin Charles 

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • One crucial form of partnership is collaboration between development practitioners and academics
  • A recent report resulted in three key findings that are instructive for how governments, CSOs, and academic institutions can enhance partnerships in the years to come.

 

If the countries and people of the world are going to meet the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will need to meet SDG 17. This last (but not least) of the Goals emphasizes partnerships as an important means of achieving sustainable development. One crucial form of partnership is collaboration between development practitioners and academics – to ensure that development work is grounded in evidence, and that research is informed and guided by practice.

 

In the North American context, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) recently released a report that identified and compiled the knowledge on collaborative partnerships in Canada and the US. These partnerships take a variety of forms, including collaborative research projects, practitioner placements in academic contexts, student internship programs, and input on training programs by civil society organizations (CSOs).

Specifically, we asked whether similar trends can be seen across North America, and whether differences between the institutional environments in Canada and the US affect the frequency and effectiveness of collaborative partnerships. The three key findings are instructive for how governments, CSOs, and academic institutions can enhance partnerships in the years to come.

 

1. Success depends on both internal and external factors. As demonstrated in previous studies, the success of these collaborations is determined in large part by the quality of the relationship between individual academic institutions and CSOs, which is in turn influenced by a variety of factors including the trust established through transparency and clear lines of communication.

The long-term research collaboration between Purdue University and Catholic Relief Services is an interesting example of an institutional partnership focused on mutual learning. This case and others also reveal the human factor – the importance of having people with a strong understanding of both research and practice alike, who can support and build innovative, sustainable, and meaningful partnerships.

However, larger structural factors also play a role in determining the frequency and effectiveness of collaborations. These factors include government priorities, the strategic orientation of funding agencies, the presence of organizations playing supportive roles, and broader academic and CSO cultures.

 

2. There is little direct government funding for academic-CSO development partnerships. With a few exceptions, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Connection, Engage and Partnership programs, large federal funding agencies in North America (and particularly the United States) have not prioritized collaborations between academic and non-profit organizations. With few resources available, the logistical and coordination challenges of scaled partnerships may be intimidating for many CSOs and academic institutions.

By contrast, the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC-UK)has taken a much more proactive approach to facilitating collaboration – offering resources to help researchers identify what impact is and how to achieve it, encouraging research produced with rather than on people, and urging researchers to embrace sharing information rather than merely disseminating results (the latter often in inaccessible ways). Similar initiatives in Canada and North America could substantially strengthen the number and quality of researcher-practitioner partnerships at national and regional levels.

Targeting non-academic and CSO partners as co-investigators in grant programs would help support collaborative work along with creating new funding windows for applied research focusing on societal impact.

 

3. National platforms and networks have an important role to play. Like CCIC and CASID in Canada, InterAction and the Society for International Development (SID) are coalitions of members committed to end poverty in the US. They act as conveners, advocates and leaders in the global development sector at the national level. These networking and capacity-building organizations could play a powerful role as bridging bodies, capable of facilitating academic-CSO partnerships and liaisons between other entities.

As a starting point, they could use their memberships to run pilot programs to enhance collaborations between CSO members and academic research partners, such as secondments, placements, research partnerships, etc. As umbrella organizations with access to many CSOs, they could map existing partnership agreements between CSO members and academic institutions to learn more about how they evolved, the benefits of the relationship, and what outcomes and impacts have been identified to date.

Partnership is easier said than done – but the ambition of the SDGs, and indeed of Canada’s own Feminist International Assistance Policy, demands nothing less. The lessons taken from this study can help build a more enabling environment for successful development partnerships between academic researchers and civil society practitioners, through the joint contributions of government, national platforms and networks, and the partners themselves.

 

Emily McGiffin is a postdoctoral fellow at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is also a research assistant on the Next Generation program.

Andréanne Martel is the Program Officer of the Next Generation program, a research partnership between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in Ottawa and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID).

Gavin Charles is the Policy Officer at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).

 

 

Link to original article: SDG Knowledge hub