INGSA Knowledge Associate

INGSA is proud to partner with the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to provide six professional development grants to support early-to-mid career researchers and policy professionals in Low and Middle Income Countries. These 18-month grants will enable these INGSA Knowledge Associates to undertake deep-dive case studies on their country’s use of evidence in policy decisions related to Covid-19.

We are grateful to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for making these grants possible.

The recipients were chosen through a competitive process that attracted applications from all around the world, and these recipients are an excellent example of the potential and scope of science/policy interface inquiry in the Global South.

We encourage you to have a deep read through each of the Research Associates' project overviews below:

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Mr Muhammad Djindan, IndonesiaMuhammad Djindan is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Read more...

Project:The role of evidence in the COVID-19 large-scale social restriction policy in Jakarta" - The multi-dimensional aspects of COVID-19 pandemic require the government to develop a comprehensive and coherent policy framework. Yet, in the context of a large archipelagic country with diverse cultures like Indonesia, COVID-19 policy also needs to accommodate the existing variations at the sub-national level. In the case of Indonesia, the government adapted the well-known lockdown policy into the so-called ‘large-scale social restriction’ policy (LSRR).  Read more...

Mr Pablo Garcia de Paredes, Panama: Is a PhD Student and Researcher at Université Laval, while being based in Panama. Read more...

Project:Panamá: Evidence, Policy and Inequality during the COVID19 Pandemic" - While one of the most unequal countries in the world (14th, CIA World Factbook), Panama is also one of the lowest spending countries with regards to R&D investment to GDP ratio, almost 4 times lower than the regional average. Science is not much part of the local vocabulary and the word “evidence” still has a hard time finding space in the public discourse. Read more...

Ms. Thilinakumari Kandanamulla, Sri Lanka: Ms. Thilinakumari Kandanamulla is a Scientific Officer at the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka. Read More...

Project:COVID 19 Pandemic in Sri Lanka: Support of Evidence for Policy making" - Sri Lanka has been recognized as a country in the South Asian Region which has effectively controlled its first wave of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index which ranks the countries across the globe taking the effectiveness and efficiency of the leadership and the preparedness of the Health Systems in each country in managing the pandemic, had ranked Sri Lanka in the 10th place in April 2020. Read more...

Ms. Purity Rima Mbaabu, Kenya: Ms Purity Rima Mbaabu is a Lecturer and PhD student at Chuka University. Read More...

Project:Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya: Tracking evidence based actions and policy decisions at all levels of government” - Occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, many global economies went into massive shock. As a global emergency, immediate response was needed through policy decisions. Such decisions in various jurisdictions are critical owing to the pandemic`s multi-sectoral impacts particularly the massive loss of human lives. Read more...

Dr Judith Mendes, Jamaica: Dr Judith Mendes is Director of Research at the National Commission on Science and Technology, Jamaica. Read more...

Project:COVID-19 Evidence-to-Policy Pathways in Jamaica, a Small Island Developing State in Economic Turnaround” - This case study on Jamaica will cover the 14-month period from February 2020 (which the saw the first two policy actions: banning cruise ships from docking and requiring arriving persons who had visited China in the previous 14 days to quarantine) to March 2021. Read more...

Mr. Gilchriste Ndongwe, Zimbabwe: Mr Gilchriste Ndongwe, is a Technical Specialist in Evidence to Action at the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network. Read More...

Project:Isomorphic Mimicrying OR Evidence Informed Legislative, Policy Frameworks"  - Covid- 19 pandemic witnessed the proliferation of new institutions, legislative frameworks, policies and adhoc inter-ministerial; technical task committees (INGSA Report 2020). Most of these institutional mechanisms (formal and informal) were rapidly set up to address COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe. Read more...

Grants are made possible through a partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).