Research Management in sub-Saharan Africa
OSD partners with The Association of Commonwealth Universities and The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at University of Stellenbosch in the DFID-funded DRUSSA programme to support 24 DRUSSA universities to change and align their structures, processes, work routines and staff training in Research Uptake Management, in order to promote the uptake of research by key stakeholders.
An important aspect of OSD's responsibilities in the DRUSSA programme is to provide multiple digital platforms with appropriately packaged interactive resources focusing on research and research uptake for its community and network audiences. In 2012 OSD led the development of the DRUSSA App. Now in use, this multi-feature App is geared to provide as equitable access as possible to the programme's African-context audience as it does to its global high-bandwidth audience, facilitating ease of access and uptake, while extending the reach of the programmes Research Uptake Management discourse.
Read more about the App here.
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Research Information Management
OSD is the African agent for University Office‘s web-based Integrated Research Management Applications (IRMANet), an internationally used university research information management system, that supports a number of South African universities who have been IRMA licensees since the 1990s.
IRMANet is used by research-intensive universities to manage their institutional research information.
Civil Society Organisations
Diana Coates serves on the Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Trust funded
African Institutions Initiative. In 2012 she attended meetings in London and Accra.
Accessing funding for community-level intervention and support requires
professional skills and in depth knowledge of the international funding
environment. OSD assisted CSO, Ikamva Labantu, with both the design of its project work
and with accessing funding.
Taking Cell Life’s unique technological innovations – using mobile phone
services – into the public health sector requires funding support.
OSD assisted Cell Life to access funding to further develop the scope of its
mobile e-health solutions.