Knowledge Translation in the Global South

The Knowledge Translation in the Global South research project seeks to identify similarities and differences in knowledge translation strategies and practices used by Southern researchers across different disciplines, and investigate the challenges they face. Supported by IDRC, the project will recommend support mechanisms and procurement innovations to donors seeking to create an enabling environment for Southern-led research for development.

This 12-month project, led by IDS in partnership with OTT Consulting, combines knowledges spanning disciplines, sectors and geographies and the lived experiences of researchers, practitioners and evidence users in the Global South. It engages with the complex ways that power, context and conditions influence the design and outcomes of knowledge translation mechanisms. The project team will conduct an evidence review in Spanish, French and English, and primary research with universities, think tanks and policy actors in Latin America, Africa and the Indo-Pacific region.

The project is guided by a Steering Group of leading Southern thinkers and doers, who have dedicated their careers to supporting the generation and use of knowledge for development. The Steering Group members are:

• Andrea Ordóñez, Southern Voice (Steering Group Chair)
• Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, 3ie & Makerere University
• Imran Matin, BRAC Institute for Governance and Development
• Owusu Boampong, University of Cape Coast
• Vanessa Weyrauch, Purpose and Ideas
• Amédé Gogovor, Laval University

We are committed to addressing structural inequalities that characterise the global knowledge systems through a research design that privileges Southern voices and directly addresses gender equity and social inclusion.

Key contacts

Melanie Connor

Head of Knowledge Impact and Policy


Project details

start date
31 January 2022
end date
31 January 2023
CAD $400,000


In partnership with
OTT Consulting Ltd.
Supported by


Recent work


Knowledge translation in the Global South: A language perspective

Anywhere in the world, knowledge translation (KT) is facilitated through a process of communicating messages to an audience, who will ultimately use that information to inform their own opinions and actions. However, the way that information is perceived, digested, discussed, and passed on is...

23 May 2023


Democratising research for progressive change: The Centre’s experience in Malaysia

The terms that govern Malaysia’s public discourse have shifted tremendously in the last couple of decades. Thanks in part to the expansion of the third sector, NGOs, voluntary associations, and community-led groups have been challenging top-down and rigid institutional structures to stamp a...

18 May 2023


Are greater diversity, participation, and inclusivity compatible with greater impact?

Words have meaning beyond their definitions The public sphere today is terminally fragmented. Gone are the days when the debate focused on what to do based on the facts of the day. Today we start the debate much earlier – on what the facts themselves are. Our media sources are diverse and...

10 May 2023


The future of evidence-informed decision-making practice: redefining perspectives for improved impact

As a growing multi-disciplinary field, evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) needs to draw out its unique qualities, irrespective of the perspectives from which they may have originated. As a result, I consider it very intelligent for the request of this Think Piece to present an...

3 May 2023


Knowledge translation in the global South: a new approach

In this blog, Founder and Director of On Think Tanks, Enrique Mendizabal, reflects on a joint research project with IDS which seeks to take a new approach, exploring Knowledge Translation in the Global South. Knowledge translation (KT) practice has evolved over the decades. Research on KT...

Enrique Mendizabal

7 September 2022


Research for change in low- and middle-income countries

Leading thinkers from Africa, South Asia and Latin America are working with an international research team to explore how research evidence and diverse types of knowledge can promote safer, healthier and more equitable lives for all. They have identified four modes of knowledge translation that...

8 June 2022