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DFID to fund research on media

April 24, 2008 posted in Sci.Journalism
DFID to research media’s role in research uptake

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) – a major donor to WFSJ’s flagship project SjCOOP – intends to support research on the role media plays in transforming research into policy in developing countries.

On Tuesday 22 April 2008, DFID launched its new “Research Strategy”. The five year strategy outlines how DFID will double its investment in research to £220 million a year by 2010. The funding will take DFID’s work in new directions with emphasis on climate change, sustainable agricultural, growth and governance.


The DFID Research Strategy renews a strong commitment to “make sure research makes an impact” and acknowledges the role of media, both traditional and ICTs, in creating favourable environments for policymaking based on sound research.

A “Communications Working Paper” on “Research Uptake” accompanies the Research Strategy.

“The media plays an important role in communicating research and changing attitudes and behaviour, … , holding governments to account and giving voice to the poor”, states the Working Paper. Author, Ms. Abigail Mulhall, DFID’s Communication Team Leader, writes: “Current work demonstrates the value of helping southern journalists to engage with research and report development. Other initiatives within DFID offer the potential to learn more about how to support the media to bring about better governance.”

Ms. Mulhall adds: “We need to create tools to analyse and learn from these interventions, and then scale up in the most effective way possible.”
Read "DFID's Research Strategy" document and the accompanying "Communications Working Paper".




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