ELLA is led by Practical Action Consulting Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas Consultoría), based in Lima, Peru. Since it began in 2010, ELLA has involved a wide range of development research and practice organisations from Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the UK.
During the current phase of ELLA (2014-17), PAC Latin America has teamed up with the with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), at Sussex University in the UK, and twelve research centres (independent think tanks, university departments and university-affiliated centres) from Latin America and Africa.
The Latin American and African research centres are working in pairs to deliver the joint research, exchange and learning programmes on six different themes identified as a rich source of development lessons:
|IDS is responsible for support to the collaborative research programmes carried out by the six pairs of Latin American-African research centres. PAC is responsible for support on research uptake aspects – the exchange and learning components of the programme – as well as overall coordination.|
Practical Action Consulting Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas Consultoría)
Founded over 40 years ago, Practical Action is an international NGO that uses technology to challenge poverty, working with poor women and men across the world – with programmes in Latin America Africa and South Asia.
Practical Action’s work is in partnership with poor people and their organisations, building on their own knowledge and skills to come up with innovative, sustainable and practical solutions. Through its work Practical Action demonstrates alternatives, shares knowledge and influences change.
Practical Action Consulting Latin America (Soluciones Prácticas Consultoría) is the NGO’s consulting arm in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has been providing development consultancy services for over 30 years. PAC Latin America does action research on a wide range of issues including renewable energy, food and sustainable agriculture, technology democracy, climate change, governance, disaster mitigation, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), water and sanitation and shelter. practicalaction.org/consulting-latin-america
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
Its vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing. IDS believes that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised.
Founded in 1966, IDS enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of its work and commitment to applying academic skills to real-world challenges. IDS thinks that knowledge should be generated by sound methodology and in partnership with other development and non-development actors.
IDS hosts five dynamic research teams, several popular postgraduate courses, and a family of world-class knowledge services. IDS is connected into, and is a convenor of, networks throughout the world. The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 40 knowledge services staff, and 65 professional staff and about 200 students at any one time. www.ids.ac.uk
The Foundation for Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo) is a Colombian private non-profit ‘think tank’ established in 1970, engaged in a wide range of social and economic research. Fedesarrollo seeks to promote economic and social development through studies, publications and debates on different areas of public policy. Its research has focused on Colombia, and also on wider Latin America. Fedesarrollo is a member of recognised international networks such as the Latin American and Caribbean Research Network at the IDB, the Political Economics Network at LACEA, and has close relations with several international think tanks in Latin America and the Brookings Institution in the USA Network. www.fedesarrollo.org.co
DPRU, Cape Town University, South Africa
The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) has been engaged in policy-relevant socio-economic research since 1990, establishing itself as one of South Africa’s premier research institutions in the fields of labour markets, poverty and inequality. The DPRU is a University-recognised research unit located within the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Through the application of economic and statistical techniques, its aim is to produce academically credible and rigorous policy analysis. www.dpru.uct.ac.za
GRADE (Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo), Peru
El Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) is a private research centre conducting applied research into public policy. Founded in 1980 in Lima, Peru, GRADE has established itself as one of the most important social research centres in Latin America. GRADE carries out research in the following key areas: macroeconomic analysis; rural economy and development; education; employment and labour markets; evaluation of projects and social programmes; institutions and development; environment and natural resources; industrial organisation, regulation and innovation; poverty and equity, and health, nutrition and human development. www.grade.org.pe
Tegemeo Institute, Egerton University, Kenya
Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development was established in 1987 as a policy research institute under the Division of Research and Extension of Egerton University. The Institute conducts research and analysis on policy in the domain of Agriculture, Rural development, Natural resources and Environment. The Institute aims to address micro and macroeconomic policy issues bearing on farming, transportation, processing, marketing, and the trade of agricultural products and inputs; the sustainability of agricultural systems, natural resources and the environment; and commercialisation, income growth and food security. www.tegemeo.org
Grupo Faro, Ecuador
Grupo Faro is a public policy centre that promotes evidence-based development policies in Ecuador and Latin America, seeking to build a more democratic, innovative, sustainable and inclusive society through research, informed dialogue and collective action. Grupo FARO works in different policy areas such as education, capacity building, knowledge management, and extractive industries, among others. It’s work related to extractive industries focuses on the generation and distribution of oil revenues at the national and sub-national level; institutional arrangements in the extractive industries sector; the economic, social and environmental implications of extractive industry laws and regulations; socio-economic analysis of mining and oil contracts; capacity building at the local level; and conflict prevention. In the last years, Grupo Faro has been a member of international networks such as Latin American Network on Extractive Industries, has received support from the Revenue Watch Institute and has participated in IDRC regional programmes. grupofaro.org / extrayendotransparencia.grupofaro.org
Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is an independent public policy research and advocacy think tank. ACODE is one of the regional leaders in public policy research and analysis in a range of areas including governance, trade, environment, and science and technology. Founded in 1999 in Uganda, ACODE aspires to become one of the leading public policy think tanks with the goal of ensuring that public policies contribute to improving the quality of life of Africans. Its work is designed to equip citizens with the knowledge and information for business, governance and leadership. ACODE’s Board of Trustees, the policy making organ of the Organization is comprised of eminent scholars, policy makers and practitioners from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The ACODE research team includes a blend of multi-disciplinary professionals. www.acode-u.org
The Centre for the Implementation of Public Policy for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) is an Argentine independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation that works for a just, democratic and efficient State that improves people’s lives. CIPPEC concentrates on analysing and promoting public policies that foster equity and growth. It translates into actions the best ideas that from the fields of Social Development, Economic Development and State and Government. Its research and advocacy interests include education programmes, social protection, health, fiscal policy, global integration, justice and transparency, political institutions, public management, public monitoring and evaluation systems, and local development. Its main objectives are to conduct research, promote best practice in the state sector, develop public sector professionals, be a point of reference on public policy, and to develop and disseminate tools that increase the participation of civil society in state policies. www.cippec.org
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a non-governmental, non-profit research network that was founded in 1980 in Ethiopia, by a group of social scientists from Eastern Africa. Its constituency is based on membership drawn from social scientists and institutions engaged in teaching and/or research in the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa. Currently, there are 21 member countries in the region where OSSREA has National Chapters and Liaison Offices. Institutional membership is open to all institutions, within or outside the region, engaged in the promotion of research in the social sciences in Africa. OSSREA’s head office is located in the main campus of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The objectives of OSSREA are to encourage and promote interest in the study of and research in the social sciences, and to promote dialogue and interaction between social scientists and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa. ossrea.net
FundaUngo, El Salvador
The Doctor Guillermo Manuel Ungo Foundation (FundaUngo) was established in 1992 as a private non-profit development organization. Its main objective is to contribute to the democratic development of El Salvador, to improve the quality of life of its population in a framework of participation and improved economic, social and political opportunities. FundaUngo seeks to be an organization recognised for its contributions to knowledge generation and the capacity building of social and political actors working on public policies that promote development and democratic governance in El Salvador. FundaUngo produces academic research and applied studies, and provides training and consulting services. In the past ten years, major donors and/or clients have included IDRC, USAID, European Union, GTZ, OSF, UNICEF and UNDP. fundaungo.org.sv
Department of Communication and Language, Ibadan University, Nigeria
The University of Ibadan began as University College, Ibadan (UCI) which was founded in 1948. The Department of Communication and Language Arts, then known as the Department of Language Arts, came into existence in 1975, as a result of the decision to convert the Reading Centre into a full academic department within the Faculty of Arts. It was one of the first university departments of its kind in Nigeria.The Department’s programmes and products enjoy wide acceptability in the print and broadcast media, and across many industries. The Department offers programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts, academic Master of Arts, Professional Master of Communication Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. arts.ui.edu.ng
Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research is an independent, interdisciplinary and plural institution committed to strengthen citizen participation and deepen democracy, identifying models of action that have been successful in other countries, and experimenting with new methodologies that can contribute to the resolution of specific problems. Fundar is dedicated to influencing and monitoring policies and public institutions through applied research, constructive criticism, experimentation, and by forming links with actors from both civil society and government. Its aims and strategies include: widening and strengthening citizen participation; demanding transparency and accountability; advancing the rule of law; promoting equality; and guaranteeing humans rights. Fundar’s work is built on the concept of basic human rights, on the explicit recognition of the need to incorporate and promote the perspective of gender, on citizen participation, social justice and protection of the environment. fundar.org.mx
CEGENSA, University of Ghana
The Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) was established in 2005, as an outlet and space for the University community to access policies, resources and information on gender related issues. Through gender advocacy, the Centre seeks to shape policies that will make the university an empowering and equitable working and living environment. CEGENSA also conducts research on a range of gender issues. In addition the Centre focuses on mentoring as well as outreach to NGOs, public/private institutions and individuals. In short, CEGENSA is a source of information and advice as well as a site of knowledge production – a centre for change. 22.214.171.124/cegensa
During the first phase of ELLA, 2010-2013, the following partners were also active in the programme:
SouthSouthNorth Brazil – a collaboration between the Centro Clima of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian NGO REDEH – which was responsible for producing knowledge materials for several of the Environmental Management themes and for running two environmental management Learning Alliances.
The International Institute for Environment and Development Latin America, based in Argentina – which was responsible for producing the ELLA knowledge materials on Urban Environmental Governance.
Kite, Ghana and the PAC Offices in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nepal – which were responsible for outreach to users of the ELLA knowledge in Africa and South Asia.
The International Institute for Environment and Development, UK – which was responsible for network support to the consortium.