OSSREA collaborates with other research institutions to conduct research and share expertise and knowledge.
Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a member of a Quartet that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Life and Peace Initiative (LPI) to carry out a project that aims at enhancing the role of civil society and academia in policy making at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The Quartet includes LPI) as the initiator of the project, Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism(CEWARN), Inter Africa Group(IAG) and OSSREA. The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical center, which through a combination of research and action supports non-violent approaches to conflict transformation. LPI has been engaged in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region for over 25 years.
The goal of the initiative is to affect regional policies that are evidence-based, comprehensive and sensitive to local conflict dynamics and perspectives. The overall objective of this initiative is to enrich regional policy making processes with local perspectives, lived experiences, solid evidence and expertise by supporting civil society organizations and academia to conduct policy-targeted research and analysis.
In 2014, LPI initiated a pilot initiative of the project which is estimated to be completed by December 2015. OSSREA is expected to lead/provide academic participation and input in the pilot project. This call for a short consultancy is the first step of a knowledge harvesting contribution to the project that will be undertaken by OSSREA.
The Initiative has identified Cross Border Security Governance (CBSG) to be the general theme of study, where by Informal Cross Border Trade (ICBT) is used as a lens to understand CBSG. This call isf for a short and rapid assessment of ICBT in a context of CBSG. A six country assessment of ICBT including Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan is done and the report is submitted to LPI.
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OSSREA and ELLA Collaborative Project
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA II) Project: This is Comparative Study research project on Analyzing accountability of the Executive Bodies to the legislative Authorities in Africa and Latin America: A Comparative Study to derive Lessons learned. The core objective of the project is that policy makers, policy influencers and practitioners in Africa and Latin America Countries Learn from Comparative Evidence From the two regions in order to inform their policies and practice, and ultimately to reduce poverty. OSSREA signed a contract agreement with Practical Action Consulting (PAC) to implement ELLA II Project. It is a four year research project (Spt. 2014 to Jan.31, 2017) between OSSREA and a Latin American Partner which is Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) – a research think tank based in Argentina.
ELLA mixes research, exchange and learning to inspire development policies and practices that are grounded in evidence about what works in varied country contexts.
- Conducts rigorous research, synthesising existing evidence and researching evidence gaps, undertaken by researchers from countries in the ‘global south’
- Organises and runs exchange and learning programmes – called ELLA Learning Alliances – that connect these researchers and the users of the research, across these countries, to enable the debate of evidence and lessons;
- Supports the growth of topic specific networks to promote continuous learning between individuals, organisations and countries – through the joint research and the exchange and learning programmes.
- Geographic Focus: To date ELLA has been orientated to researching and sharing evidence and lessons from Latin America with people, organisations and countries in Africa and South Asia. This remains a strong focus, but the programme has evolved to allow more ‘multi-way’ research and sharing, to facilitate the exchange of lessons between very varied country contexts.
Thematic Focus: Thematically, ELLA has focused on economic development, governance and environmental management, and within these areas on themes and topics in which Latin America is perceived to have valuable lessons to share with the rest of the developing world. Specific topics have been identified through a research process involving surveys and discussion with potential research users, expert interview, and literature review.