West African think tank strengthens outreach and partnerships
The Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL) was created in 2001 as a membership-based social science research laboratory. Its main focus is fostering empirical research on the public sphere and the delivery of public and community services and goods in West Africa. With offices in Niamey, Niger, and Parakou, Benin, LASDEL aspires to serve as a centre of excellence in social science research and training in Africa. Through its networks in Africa and Europe, it hosts academics and researchers from both developed and developing countries.
During its participation in IDRC’s Resource Mobilization for Research (RMR) project, LASDEL focused on organizational strengthening measures to increase its financial autonomy. It developed a comprehensive communication strategy to raise its visibility and ensure its findings reach users in governments, universities, and development circles. It also trained research staff in project development and negotiation skills, which were then put into practice with key financial and technical partners. As a result, LASDEL has improved its public profile, its governance, and its partnerships.
Read the story of change, Leveraging partnerships and reaching new audiences: Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (PDF, 150 KB, in French only)