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Knowledge on the move : reinventing development research


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Abstract: The traditional focus of development research on local and national processes has been rendered obsolete by the new global power relations. Researchers must be more concerned about relevance than academic excellence. And open knowledge networks are needed to allow access to knowledge. These are among the ideas discussed at a recent Knowledge on the Move conference. NGOs and other organizations should pressure universities to collaborate more on development issues. Just as governments and companies try to influence the academic world in ways that suit their own best interests, so development researchers should be more assertive in pushing theirs. A new system in the North should focus on development-related research, and emphasize the links between local and global issues. The research should be conducted in global networks with Southerners who can contribute to specific local contexts. These knowledge networks should be open, so that access to knowledge is not dependent on wealth or power.
Authors: Heres, M. , Bieckmann, F.
Category: Policy
End Page: 19
Serial number: 7
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , research
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Start Page: 16
Title: Knowledge on the move : reinventing development research