Developing Countries Need Strategies To Improve Science-Led Policy Development

SciDev.Net: Turning scientific consensus into development policy
Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, former minister of science and technology development of Zimbabwe

“Developing nations need a framework to bolster development plans through relevant research, says Heneri Dzinotyiweyi. … There is a need to evolve mechanisms that ensure that scientific consensus gets realized through appropriate positive responses by policymakers (at a minimum, the government’s consideration of issues raised by scientists). Such a framework could range from providing effective arrangements for collaboration between scientists and their governments, to setting up administrative mechanisms to strengthen government understanding of scientific issues — for example, by appointing national science advisers…” He discusses improving science-led policy, implementing science policy strategies, and addressing funding and “brain drain” concerns (1/16).