LASER PULSE Blog

Makerere University- ResilientAfrica Network’s Efforts to Build Capacity for Research Leadership

Low- and-middle income country (LMIC) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have a large pool of experienced scholars in proximity to target communities and are strategically placed to address the evidence gaps in relation to research leadership. It is through the involvement and engagement of the local researchers that we can leverage the power of Indigenous knowledge....

Panel on Agricultural Extension, at UoD Conference Center

Conference on the Linkages Between Agriculture and Social-Religious Expressions Held in Duhok, Iraq

Between June 11 and 13, 2022, the University of Duhok hosted a two-day workshop and a full-day conference on the recovery of social and cultural practices of religious and ethnic minorities affected by the Islamic State occupation, and the role agricultural extension and ecological rejuvenation could play in the recognition and restitution of people’s beliefs,...

The Indigenous Peoples of Uganda: Moving from Research Priorities to Implementing Development Solutions

Uganda is home to a number of Indigenous peoples, including the Benet (Northeastern Uganda), Batwa (Southwestern), Basongora (Western) and the Tepeth, Ik, Kadama, and Nyangia (Karamoja region). The indigenous groups in Karamoja are also referred to as “the mountain tribes of Karamoja'' because each group uniquely occupies a mountainous terrain including Mt. Morungole by the...

Secondary Data Management & Organization

Imagine, you’ve just come out of a fantastic meeting with your research collaborators. The kind where ideas are bottomless, connections are being made lightning quick, and everybody has said, at least a few times, “oh! I’ve got a source for that!” As the hours tick away after the meeting ends you notice that the shared...

Lessons Learned From Participatory Workshops in Nuquí, Colombia

Nuquí, Colombia is one of the world’s greatest biodiversity’s places, located on the Pacific Ocean as a municipality in the Chocó department. The area is known not just because of its biological diversity, but also its cultural diversity; it is inhabited by several cultures with key ancestral knowledge. “Doña Cruz”, sazonera de Coquí, presenta sus delicias...

Teachers in Uganda

Be Well, Teach Well: A Locally Defined and Participatory Approach to Measuring Teacher Well-being in Uganda

Teachers are a key factor in student success, but literature is limited in exploring how the well-being of teachers—affections, attitudes, and perspectives of their occupation—affects teachers’ practice and students’ learning in the global south. Teacher well-being is particularly important to consider in a context such as Uganda, where teachers’ job satisfaction is low, teacher shortages...

Private Sector

PSE Process Analysis for USAID

USAID has been a leader in private sector engagement (PSE) within the development sector. This wealth of experience informs current USAID practices and processes when engaging the private sector (PS) and is the foundation for the PSE Policy. Through its PSE Policy, USAID has taken a strategic approach to consult, strategize, align, collaborate, and implement...

USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit

Join LASER PULSE at the USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit in May 2022!

A delegation from the LASER PULSE consortium will be presenting Embedded Research Translation: An Innovative Model for Collaborative Research Impact at the USAID Higher Education Global Evidence Summit. This interactive presentation will be on May 3rd at 9:35am ET. In our session, we will (1) share findings of a rapid literature review on different research...

Embedded Research Translation model highlighted in the LASER PULSE submission to the 2021 USAID CLA Case Competition

Each year USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planing, and Learning (PPL) holds a Collaborate, Learn, and Adapt (CLA) Case Competition. CLA is an approach to operationalize organizational learning and adaptive management throughout a program cycle. The CLA Case Competition is not a call for traditional development success stories, instead it is an opportunity for programs to...

Project Explores Change in Education through a Transformative Learning Collaborative

The current LASER PULSE funded project is a second-generation investigation of implementation of this work. In collaboration with Ministry of Education, Teacher Training Colleges, and Mental Health professionals, we are testing new scalable implementation strategies to integrated the program into national teacher training curriculum, which would benefit more students, teachers, and families. In addition, because...