Next Generation – Collaboration for Development was a joint three-year program of Cooperation Canada, formerly the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) between 2017 2019.
Funded by the International Development Research Centre, Next Generation aimed to position Canada as a leader in innovative, multi-stakeholder international development and humanitarian research, practice and policy development. The program’s overarching goal was to encourage better collaborations between civil society and academia and strengthen the Canadian ecosystem of research and knowledge sharing. The ability to do development work and deliver humanitarian assistance rests largely on the ability of different actors to work together, and exchange knowledge and expertise: when practitioners and scholars come together there is a co-production of knowledge that leads to research that is timely, relevant, and based on evidence, which feeds into programming and policy.
To achieve its goal, the program supported a series of partnerships between academics and practitioners, using a range of different models of collaboration – communities of practice, working groups, annual conferences, leaders’ forums, outreach events, speakers’ tours, and others – to stimulate new thinking and generate timely and policy-relevant joint research. The program tested and refined these models of practitioner-academic collaboration, generating processes, products and relationships that Cooperation Canada and CASID both hope will outlast the program’s closure. The program also supported the creation of a database of Canadian academics and practitioners contributing research on issues related to international cooperation.
Over the course of the program, NextGen teamed up with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada to link research in Canada to relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NextGen updated its database by mapping areas of research to the SDGs to identify how researchers in Canada contribute to the implementation and understanding of the SDGs. Given the universality of Agenda 2030, the NextGen Database expanded its mandate to include researchers beyond the international development and humanitarian fields. It now includes researchers working on domestic issues related to SDGs, which helped increase its number of profiles by 35%.
Overall, to facilitate collaborations, there was a need to establish a better sense of who the different groups and individuals in this ecosystem are – both within and beyond CCIC-CASID respective memberships. The Next Generation Database assisted in mapping out groups, but also enabled the formation of a community of fruitful collaborations that leave no one behind. Click here to explore it!
2019 NextGen Symposium
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