Research Africa Network

RAN

It is common knowledge that a large proportion of the African population are mired in abject poverty despite enormous natural resources surrounding them. Finding solutions to the poverty problem requires good understanding of the processes of economic and business development on the continent. This knowledge can guide governments, policymakers and business people in crafting solutions that are robust enough to ensure sustainable and equitable deployment of the resources to serve the needs of the people.
Research Network Africa (RAN) has been established in 2014 for this purpose. It is open to scholars interested in working together to gain insight into different aspects of economic and business activities in Africa. It encourages members to draw on their individual competences for their studies and facilitates the exchange of ideas among them. It also seeks to provide them with a platform for the dissemination of their research output. Members team together based on their research interests to apply for grants to conduct research and disseminate their research output through international outlets. They also conduct workshops with stakeholders in individual countries to share their knowledge with practitioners. Through these endeavours, we hope to advance both theoretical and empirical research, inform policies and practices, and improve understanding of how economic and business decisions shape the lives of Africans.

About us

Name: Research Africa Network (RAN).

Background and Focus: Research Africa Network is an international group of scholars interested in Africa’s development. It is organized in a network whose intention is to promote, disseminate, and stimulate high quality research in economic, management, and development studies.

The seeds of Research Africa Network were planted by Professor John Kuada during the 5th Aalborg University Conference whose theme was Finding Solutions to the New Challenges of Internationalization held at Comwell Rebild Bakker, Aalborg-Denmark 4-6 June 2014. It was agreed by the inaugural group that there is lack of research on Africa made by African researchers. It was also agreed that it is important to strengthen research capacities and North-South partnerships.

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RAN Activities

More specifically, RAN aims at:

Bringing together myriad of nations, cultures, universities and disciplines to discuss, organize, and publish issues on Africa’s development.Providing forum for exchange of ideas among scholars interested in Africa and development in Africa’s economies.

Applying research findings and contribution to the understanding of Africa’s development through professional seminars, conferences, public seminars etc.

Conducting a series of joint publications (books and articles etc.).

Serving as the core communication network for disseminating information and promoting international exchange in the field of management, economic and development studies.

As a virtual grouping, RAN will share knowledge and encourage its members in their research endeavours. making visible the network’s research outputs as top priority in order to benefit from them and build on them.

Developing deliberate strategies to grow in numbers so as to extend the outreach of research outputs of its members.

In order to achieve these aims, the network has a mandate to:

  • Develop an agenda of research topics.
  • Foster a broader variety of methodological approaches and research issues in members’ fields of specialization and encourage cross fertilization between approaches.Support young researchers in the network and promote the development of high-level international teaching and research network.
  • Provide publication outlets for high quality research.
  • Provide a forum for research presentations.

As a virtual grouping, RAN will share knowledge and encourage its members in their research endeavours. making visible the network’s research outputs as top priority in order to benefit from them and build on them.

Developing deliberate strategies to grow in numbers so as to extend the outreach of research outputs of its members.

Guiding Philosophy

  • None of us is greater than all of us.
  • I am because we are; I can only be a person through others.
  • Each of us needs all of us.
  • An injury to one is an injury to all of us.
  • Mutual respect is important because my humanity is bound up with yours.
  • The whole affects the part as much as the part a
  • fects the whole.

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