The challenge. The production and circulation of generic and ‘academic’ knowledge has not been as helpful as expected in solving development challenges. People suffering the problem and decision makers concerned with the situation need actionable knowledge and decision relevant research. Much of the research and knowledge production work still targets global audience and ignore local decision makers concerned with problems. Decision makers are in need of actionable knowledge and applied research produced through close collaboration with them. Much hailed participatory research and technology development work has also left gaps practice based knowledge generation.
Our expertise. IFSD experts have over 30 years of experience in exploring and designing action learning systems for a variety of development organisations, from government, funding agencies, and local NGOs. We also have developed a set of tools and strategies to ensure learning in and through action and specific contexts of culture and decision making.
We are currently engaged in a number of research activities in partnership with Universities, international research institutes, governments, and local communities.