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Ethiopia Conference on Research for Development

A LASER PULSE Research for Development (R4D) Conference is planned to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2020. The conference will focus on (1) Youth Development, and (2) Resilience, with a theme "Partnerships for Research and Field Practice on Development Solutions." The conference will convene 100-120 participants (researchers and practitioners) from Ethiopian universities, NGOs, CSOs,...

Vietnam Conference on Research for Development

LASER PULSE has unfortunately had to postpone its February 18-20, 2020 Research for Development (R4D) Conference in Vietnam due to concerns with the coronavirus outbreak. Encouraged by our strong partnerships in and interest from Vietnam, we will reschedule this event targeting the Fall of 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate...

LASER PULSE Call for Applications for Colombia Now Open

LASER PULSE Consortium is pleased to announce that the Request for Application (RFA) for Colombia is now open and accepting Concept Notes until Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00PM Colombia time. The RFA calls for innovative research and associated research translation with NGOs/civil society focused on development challenges within three development sectors:     Youth, specifically,...

Research for Development (R4D) Conferences: What are they and why are they important?

LASER PULSE wants to see researchers working on development problems. For example, we want to figure out how to provide jobs for young people in places around the world where youth unemployment is high. We want to make sure these young people don’t feel that they have to resort to violence because they have no...

Tusome: Early-Grade Reading Program

University of Nairobi, Makerere University-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Catholic Relief Services under the Long-Term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) – Partner University-Led Solutions Engine (PULSE) program conducted a case study of the Kenya early grade reading program,  Tusome (“let us read” in Kiswahili’’). The goal of the study was to outline the key elements...

Announcing the Research for Development (R4D) Conference in Vietnam

Between Feb. 18-20, Indiana University and the LASER PULSE Consortium will convene its third R4D Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, covering (1) Air & Water Pollution and (2) Private Sector and SME Competitiveness. This conference will help participants identify gaps in and understand best practices from academics and practitioners in translating research into development outcomes. Conference outcomes...

Why Partner to Translate Research

We in LASER PULSE, intend to change the way research influences practice. In our experience, early and active collaborations to translate research are the most effective means to ensure that crucial and innovative research can turn into real, on-the-ground outcomes in development. When we talk about research translation, we mean partnership between researchers and practitioners that affects...

Strengthening Nutrition Research in Laos

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A four-year project will seek to alleviate malnutrition in the Lao People's Democratic Republic by helping to strengthen its research capabilities. The project is being supported by USAID's (the United States Agency for International Development) Long-Term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) Partners for University Led Solutions Engine (PULSE) consortium. The initiative will...

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