September 6, 2017
2nd call for research proposals
USAID-AUCA “Building the Future project”
University-based research capacity is a vital component not only in the supply of policy-related knowledge, but also potentially in the generation of demand for that knowledge. Whereas NGOs and other commercial and semi-commercial suppliers of policy relevant knowledge depend on the existence of a market for their products, universities have a key role to play in the generation of demand by virtue of their unique role in the education of decision-makers. As a consequence, the lack of a strong academic research base not only compromises the quality of university-based research. It also undermines Central Asia’s capacity to generate a critical mass of consumers who have a commitment to evidence-based policy.