Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA)

TEK-Mechanical Cassava Harvester receives Patent Certificate

By Prof. Emmanuel Y.H. Bobobee, January 11, 2017

TEK Mechanical Harvester (MCH), the innovative mechanical cassava harvester developed at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering of the College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has rece

Improved Cookstove Introduced To Students

By Mr Michael Kweku Commey, Research Fellow and Head of Applied Industrial Ceramic, Rural Energy and Enterprise Development Unit of KNUST, September 22, 2016

The Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) of the College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has introduced its first biomass improved cookstove to students of Kumasi Secondary Technical.

Developing Posters as a tool for Public Engagement: KNUST

By Ms Irene Sakyiwaa-Siaw, University Relations Office at KNUST, June 15, 2016

At the DRUSSA Benchmarking Conference in Mauritius delegates voted for the best "Demonstrator Research Project" poster. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won the prize for the best presented poster...

KNUST Researchers Discover the Nutritional Potential Value of Moringa leaves

By Ibok Oduro, et. al, April 06, 2016

Moringa oleifera leaves have not received the needed research-based attention in Ghana despite its well-known nutritional properties.

Inequities and Inaccessibility to and Utilization of Maternal Health Services in Ghana after User-Fee Exemption

By John K. Ganle et. al, April 01, 2016

Imagine the excitement and relief on a mother’s face after joyfully escaping labor pains and having a successful delivery, the breath-taking welcome cry of a newborn baby.

RUC2015: Effective Research Communication

By Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer, Makerere University, September 02, 2015

Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer at Makerere University shares her experience at the RUC2015 Conference.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology’s Approach to integrating Research Uptake into Institutional Infrastructures

By Edith Wakida, Research Manager, ORA Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Amos Baryashaba, Head, Computing Services, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, September 02, 2015

The Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established in October 1989. It is the largest Faculty in the university and currently has 23 departments and 1200 students.

Using Research Uptake as a Strategic Tool to Raise KNUST’s Developmental University Profile

By Courage Julius Logah, Systems Analyst/ DRUSSA bursary holder and M Phil candidate in Science and Technology Studies, based in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), September 02, 2015

Public universities’ responsibility to contribute to social and economic development nationally and regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa

Media interest is key in Research Uptake success: showcasing Innovation

By Lauren Kansley, CPUT Media Liaison Officer and Candes Keating the CPUT Communication Officer, September 02, 2015

Engaging with print, electronic and digital public and technical media is an important part of university Research Uptake

Promoting Science Communication at the University of Buea

By Sama Awa-Mengi, Public and Alumni Relations Officer, University of Buea, September 01, 2015

Defining Communication as “Ways and means of disseminating research findings to a target audience, using appropriate media and language, to initiate usage for the benefit of the end user”

Government Pledges Use of Research Findings to Transform Economy

By Dr George Adu, lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), August 31, 2015

The government has affirmed its commitment to use research findings to help in the formulation of policies to transform Ghana's economy from import dependency to an export-led economy.

KNUST Research Uptake Strategy

By KNUST, July 31, 2015

Research is a core business of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST. In order to fulfill its mission of providing cutting edge research for the benefit of society, the nation

Engaging with government: experiences from the VakaYiko programme

By Shahenda Suliman, May 11, 2015

The INASP-led VakaYiko project aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs.

Collateral-free credit: A tool for empowerment of rural women in Ghana

By Courage Julius Logah (DRUSSA Research Communication Professional), February 25, 2015

To be a rural woman in a country where the majority of the population are battling poverty on a daily basis, and where gender-based discrimination is a norm, particularly in rural areas, is tough beyond imagination.

DRUSSA - Linking Researchers and Policy Makers in Ghana and Uganda

By Dr Tomas Harber is a DRUSSA Programme Coordinator, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)., February 05, 2015

DRUSSA has been working with academic institutions and government departments in Ghana and Uganda in order to link the supply and demand side of Research Uptake.

Improving Research Dissemination and Linkages between Research Institutions and Commerce and Industry

By Diana Coates, Management Director, Organisation Systems Design and DRUSSA Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator, February 05, 2015

A round-table discussion featured the viewpoints of Federal ministries and agencies, the services and manufacturing industries, higher education bodies and WARIMA member universities.

Part 4: Research Uptake Policy series: Towards synthesised theories of policy change – developing and establishing learning processes and frameworks

By Sara Grobbelaar is a Senior Researcher CREST, Stellenbosch University, February 05, 2015

Dr Sara Grobbelaar explores why synthesizing models of policy change may be an important step towards developing a robust theory of policy change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stakeholder Engagement: a recipe for successful Research Uptake

By Alison Bullen is the content manager for the DRUSSA website, November 26, 2014

Stakeholder Engagement can play a critical role in ensuring that research is taken up in practice.

Research into Practice: Participatory research strengthens Research Uptake

By Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa et. al, November 26, 2014

A System of Crop Intensification developed by the University of Ibadan’s Department of Agronomy in collaboration with Ajibode Organic Farmers in Nigeria has made a significant impact.

Tracking Research Output at KNUST to support Research Uptake

By Courage Julius Logah (Systems Analyst), Vice Chancellor's Office (VCO) - UITS, KNUST, November 26, 2014

Not all research has the potential for use in policy or practice, but much of it does.

KNUST updates us on Research Uptake progress at the university

By V. A. Ankamah-Lomotey (Deputy Registrar (University Relations)), KNUST, Kumasi., September 16, 2014

The Research Uptake team at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for a comprehensive Research Uptake strategy.

Institutionalising Research Uptake at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

By Prof Shaun Pather (Head of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the DVC: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at Cape Peninsula University of Technology), September 16, 2014

At the recent SARIMA Conference in Gaberone, Botswana Prof Shaun Pather, Head of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the DVC: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at CPUT provided some insight into progress made in terms of deepening and

Research Innovation and Outreach at Kenyatta University

By Prof. Frederick Gravenir (DVC for Research Innovation and Outreach at Kenyatta University)., September 16, 2014

At Kenyatta University Research Uptake Management capacity is being put in place to get research into use in the full range of research activities – from participative community research to technology transfer to public engagement.</st

Managing Research Uptake for Impact

By Alison Bullen (content manager for the DRUSSA project, Email:, September 16, 2014

DRUSSA Universities are currently developing their institutional research uptake strategies and these strategies outline their own “pathways to impact”. You will be able to read more in the coming months about these research uptake strategi

Benchmarking and blog series of snapshots charts Research Uptake implementation at DRUSSA Universities

By Diana Coates is the DRUSSA Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator Email:, August 07, 2014

Diana Coates rounds up this blog series of Research Uptake snapshots, as presented at INORMS2014 by SSA Universities participating in the DRUSSA programme.

DRUSSA Universities combine their strategic thinking to mutual benefit

By Diana Coates is a co-leader of the DRUSSA project, and DRUSSA Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator. Email:, August 07, 2014

A group of leaders and champions from DRUSSA Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa recently gathered to collectively draft a guidelines document on ‘How to write a University Research Uptake Strategy’

"Doing Research is my Passion"..Dr Mohamed Mutocheluh

By Dr. Mohamed Mutocheluh (molecular medical microbiologist and immunologist)., May 21, 2014

His research focuses on translational research related to microbial-cell interactions and immunity to microbial diseases, with a particular interest on how human oncogenic viruses and mycotoxins cause cancers.

Why the usual figures for knowledge production are just the tip of the iceberg

By Jonathan Harle (INASP Senior Programme Manager, Research Access and Availability) and Sioux Cumming (INASP Programme Manager, Journals Online)., April 28, 2014

The other week we came across this infographic posted by the Oxford Internet Institute, showing the geography of academic knowledge.

Are you an academic hermit?

By, April 28, 2014

In a recent study of The Impact of the Social Sciences a team of researchers that I lead tried to establish what made some academics well cited and well-regarded academically, and what also made them influential in spheres of life outside academia.

Care about the future of science? Be visible.

By Monica Feliu-Mojer in A Candle in the Dark, April 28, 2014

Young people’s perception of scientists and their ability to envision a successful scientific future depends on their access to diverse representations of scientists.

How does research impact happen?

By Sarah Morton (Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) for CRFR and leads the knowledge exchange), April 25, 2014

CRFR have been working in partnership with key voluntary sector organisations from the children and families sector since our inception in 2001.

Universities benchmark progress in improving Research Uptake Capacity

By Diana Coates, April 14, 2014

The DRUSSA project held the second of three Research Uptake benchmarking events in Cape Town in mid-March 2014. Diana Coates shares the DRUSSA Universities key insights.

Science Communication Planning: Not easy, but very rewarding

By Marina Joubert, (Independent science journalist and science communication trainer)., April 14, 2014

Science communication planning may seem like a piece of cake – that is until you get stuck in and try to develop a “real-world” communication strategy for a “real-world” research project.

Students Exhibit Works at TRATECH 2014

By TRATECH 2014, March 19, 2014

The Trade and Technology (TRATECH) Fair has officially opened on the theme: “Green Solutions through Innovation-driven Development.”

Half-time Report

By Dr John Kirkland (DRUSSA Lead and Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities)., March 14, 2014

The DRUSSA benchmarking and leadership event in March will mark the half-way point for the DRUSSA project. So it is a good time to consider what has been achieved, and to announce the priorities for the next two-and-a-half years.

Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki: Pulling out all the stops for the sake of worthwhile science

By Dr Nelius Boshoff (Senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)., March 14, 2014

Some months ago, Dr Nelius Boshoff paid a visit to the University of Zimbabwe and interviewed Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki, the Chairman of the Research Board, about a project on science funding councils in African countries.

Career skills toolkit part 1 of 7: PLATFORM2013: The Research Uptake Conversation Continues

By Louise McCann (Editor of PLATFORM2013), March 14, 2014

PLATFORM2013  – a print and digital publication from the DRUSSA Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] – was collaboratively produced by the DRUSSA Universities and DRUSSA Work Programme 4, all based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

KNUST DRUSSA Implementation Team Members Attend Workshop

By KNUST DRUSSA Team, February 17, 2014

A twenty-four (24) member implementation team of the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has attended a workshop.


By Louise McCann (editor of PLATFORM2013, October 21, 2013

PLATFORM2013, a print and digital publication, comes from the DRUSSA universities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Themes covered in the 20 articles featured include food security, water quality and accessibility, empowerment of women and youth,...

University radio as a tool for Research Uptake

By Dr Tom Harber (DRUSSA Project Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities), October 18, 2013

African universities have long recognised the value of broadcasting on their own radio stations. From relatively humble beginnings as informal, largely student-run community-based stations that sprung up in the early 1980s,...

Building institutional capacity for Research Uptake Part II: Creating the climate

By Dr Sara Grobbelaar (senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch), October 18, 2013

During a consulting project to develop an innovation strategy framework for one of the top research universities in South Africa, I was asked to review strategies and mechanisms used by UK universities...

Building institutional capacity for Research Uptake

By Dr Sara Grobbelaar (senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch), August 30, 2013

The work DRUSSA does with its 24 partner universities is groundbreaking. It focuses on building capacity for Research Uptake (RU) and its management (RUM) in two ways, firstly by finding ways to support capacity at organisational level...

Fostering community outreach-based research at universities to improve development

By Thierry Claudien Uhawenimana (Public Relations and Communications Officer at the Kigali Health Institute in Rwanda), August 30, 2013

Universities and higher learning institutions play an important role in shaping communities’ development. Their activities can lead to raised wages and productivity, allowing individual countries to make impressive strides in accelerating...

The University in Society: Engaging and Enabling

By Liam Roberts: (Programme Officer at the ACU and thus involved in strengthening institutional capacity at DRUSSA participant universities), August 01, 2013

The famous adage asks us: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps we can adapt that question to fit a Higher Education context: If good research is generated...

Research uptake: The Kid isn`t all that New on the Block

By Linda Cilliers (DRUSSA's Editor and Online Media Specialist), August 01, 2013

What exactly is research uptake? A lot has been said and written about the concept, much of it by academics, and still it confounds people, even those whose everyday work is tied up with it.

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