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The DRUSSA Digest | Vol 3 No 1 | April 2014
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The DRUSSA Digest is published online at and distributed electronically, four times a year. The Digest features articles about Research Uptake and Research Uptake Management (RUM) with a strong emphasis on the accomplishment and progress of the DRUSSA project. Please do forward this eDigest to your colleagues and suggest that they register as members of the DRUSSA Network.

In this edition of The DRUSSA Digest:

1. INORMS2014: Key insights
2. INORMS 2014: Impressions
3. DRUSSA universities move to action stage in strengthening Research Uptake capacity
4. Part I: Research Uptake: Knowledge to Policy series
5. Changing family structures: defining Uganda’s social crisis context
6.Forthcoming great reads from the DRUSSA Universities
7. Events



In brief:
This issue of the DRUSSA Digest includes features on INORMS2014; news on how DRUSSA Universities are making their research capacity more accessible; an update on the DRUSSA University review process and their next steps already underway,  and looking at tensions between researchers, policy analysts and politicians in getting knowledge to policy.


Important Events
The 2014 SARIMA Conference will be held from 6 to 10 July at the

Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana. SADC members are eligible for travel grants to the SARIMA Conference in Gaborone in July. For more info on travel grants and the conference schedule go to the SARIMA conference website

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INORMS2014: Key insights
Diana Coates was one of the DRUSSA participators at INORMS2014 held in Washington DC in mid-April. She answers a quick Q&A that gives you a swift and interesting overview of the congress. Read the full blog here.

INORMS 2014: Impressions

Vincent Ankamah-Lomotey of KNUST, Ghana, reports back on his impressions of INORMS 2014. Read the full blog here.


DRUSSA universities move to action stage in strengthening Research Uptake capacity.
‘Now that DRUSSA Universities have completed their two-year review process they are poised to make substantive changes to their research uptake and research uptake management capacity’, says programme manager Karrine Sanders. Read the full blog here.

Research Uptake: Knowledge to Policy series. Part I.

Dr Sara Grobbelaar, a Researcher at CREST, considers a range of authors’ views and explanations for the often-troubled relationship between policy makers and researchers, and reviews a few suggestions on how to overcome some of these problems. Read the full blog here.


Changing family structures: defining Uganda’s social crisis context
Following on from her ‘PLATFORM2013’ article on ‘Land inequality and family planning’ Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato discusses recent property-related family conflicts in Uganda that she believes highlight the nature of gendered property inequality in Uganda, and the country’s need to implement a legal framework to protect women’s property rights. Read the full blog here.

Each of the DRUSSA University representatives at INORMS2014 presented insightful papers on where their Universities are at in terms of Research Uptake. From next week we’ll be running a six-part blog series featuring the INORMS2014 presentations from Addis Ababa University, University of Mauritius, University of Nairobi, University of Ghana,  University of Ibadan and Kwane Nkrumah University of Science and Technology [KNUST]. They’re great reads, so make sure you follow them on ‘Africa: It’s happening here’. 



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