2015 DRF Symposium  



2015 Annual Symposium
Development Research Forum Phase II

Concept Note
“Building Research Capacity for Cambodia”
15-16 September 2015,
Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh

The theme
Education in tandem with research and development drive economic growth and will play a critical role in transforming Cambodia into a knowledge and innovation society.

  • One extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%.
  • Each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product by 0.37%.
  • 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low- income countries left School with basic reading skills.

Evidence-based education reform policy is clearly the way forward. Strong efforts by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and its development partners continue to focus on education quality, prioritising strategic initiatives and developing guidelines for the financial and material support required to systematically upgrade teaching quality and student learning. This highlights the need for policy-relevant research that both supports the information demands of decision and policymakers and draws attention to emerging challenges and opportunities as education reform evolves. However, the interface between research and policy making capacities is highly complex. Policymakers often regard research findings as untimely or only partly relevant, lacking in quality, impenetrable, ambiguous and contradictory. Bridging this gap requires investment in building the capacities of researchers to translate and communicate their findings and the abilities of policymakers to put research evidence to work. In response, the 2015 Development Research Forum Symposium will focus on research priority setting and policy influencing for an effective contribution to education policy and reform.

 The objectives
The DRF Symposium, held annually since 2008, is a key activity of the Cambodia Development Research Forum (DRF). The 2015 DRF Symposium theme “Building Research Capacity for Cambodia” is organised by a partnership of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) as coordinator of the DRF, and its DRF partners: Cambodia Economic Association (CEA), The Learning Institute (LI), National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC), with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Its objectives are:

·         To build a research community that creates, shares and mobilises knowledge that is relevant to emerging development issues in Cambodia.
·         To identify research directions and priorities in line with the need for higher education reform in Cambodia.
·         To enhance the profile of the DRF as a leading research network for academic exchange and cooperation among think-tanks.
·         To identify key needs and challenges in support of the development of DRF Phase III.

The Symposium
The annual symposium will bring together some 250 emerging and established Cambodian researchers, academics and scholars to discuss insights generated by the six Research Interest Groups (RIGs) on the following themes: growth and inclusiveness, governance of natural resources, social policy on education, social policy on health, agricultural development, and Cambodia and its region. Each of these sectors will also consider the education policy, reform and research priorities for that specific sector and their implications for a broader national development agenda.

The 2015 Symposium, as in past years, will be in two parts. The first half day will involve a plenary session with opening remarks by the Chair of the DRF Steering Committee and senior representatives of CDRI and IDRC. An invitation will be extended to the Minister for Education, Youth and Sport, to deliver the keynote address and field questions from the audience. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on the Symposium theme with panellists from government, the private sector, education providers, development partners and the research community in Cambodia and the region.

The second half day will include a discussion on the next phase of DRF with key development partners and participants. Discussion will focus on research priorities, themes and research capacities that need to be addressed to support the demand for evidence in Cambodia’s development policy making.

The remaining two half days will again involve parallel moderated presentations by both established and emerging researchers coordinated by each RIG on sector-specific research issues in the context of the broad Symposium theme. Importantly, these sessions provide graduate students with opportunities to present their research findings, helping to build their research capacity and ultimately contribute to future Cambodia’s development.

Click here to download this Concept Note in pdf file  |  | Call for Research Presentations | Abstract Format | Abstract Submission Form_English | Abstract Submission Form_Khmer |

For More Information:
Mr EM Sorany | Ms SORN Maden
DRF Phase II Coordination Team
sorany@cdri.org.kh | maden@cdri.org.kh


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