Relevance and Utility Issues for Research in Developing Countries

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Research relevance and utility of research has been a topic for serious consideration for several years, even in developed countries. The issue appears to be more acute for developing countries where wider competing demands meet with more serious limitations. There are multiple and divergent users and beneficiaries of the knowledge generated from research, for instance policy makers, action implementers, service providers, and wider communities. National competitiveness is also linked with research and innovation. The benefit of research may derive from the process rather than the products. Assessment of the relevance and utility of research thus becomes complex.

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