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Alan Stanley - Digital Knowledge Manager

Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit; Digital and Technology
T: +44 (0)1273 915776


Natalie Stewart

Alan Stanley has over 18 years' experience developing and delivering high quality websites, digital content and publications on a broad range of environmental and development issues. Alongside excellent editorial skills, and knowledge of both digital and print-based communications, Alan has extensive experience of developing successful collaborative projects with partners in a wide variety of contexts.

Alan began his career as a researcher and activist working on environmental issues, primarily conservation management and biodiversity related topics. From the late 1990s this led him to develop an interest in how the internet could be used to facilitate free and open access to information, to address inequalities in the availability and visibility of knowledge and to improve decision making. In his present role at IDS he manages the Eldis platform and works on a variety of projects concerned with knowledge mobilisation, research uptake and Open Access.

GODAN Action brings together agriculture and nutrition specialists and open data experts and will support GODAN in its mission by building people’s capacity to engage with open data

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The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania.

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AgriDiet is an Irish Aid funded research programme consortium, led by University College Cork in Ireland. The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to poverty reduction through the identification of policies and interventions that can make a positive impact on the nutritional status of vulnerable rural households.

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The Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) aims to improve the supply and accessibility of content that supports evidence informed policy making and practice by development actors.

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This is the front cover to IDS Practice Paper InBrief, 'Making the ‘Evolutionary Leap’: Using Open Knowledge Approaches to Improve Development Outcomes'.

Making the ‘Evolutionary Leap’: Using Open Knowledge Approaches to Improve Development Outcomes

IDS Practice Paper InBrief 25 (2016)

The starting point of the Open Knowledge Hub project was our belief that the adoption of so-called ‘Open Knowledge’ approaches had the potential to improve the impact of research evidence on development outcomes and address inequalities in the visibility, accessibility and uptake of diverse knowledge about development. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Climate Change.