Professor Evans Osabuohien was invited to speak as a panellist at the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)’s Nigeria Researcher Gathering held on February 22, 2024. His participation in the event proved to be an enriching experience, contributing to the vibrant discussions among a diverse community of researchers and scholars from various backgrounds.

The central theme of the gathering revolved around establishing a robust pipeline for local researchers, a critical aspect in our collective pursuit of sustainable development on the continent. It was inspiring to witness the passion and dedication of everyone involved as they engaged in discussions on pressing issues such as Consumer Protection, Human Trafficking, Peace & Recovery, and Intimate Partner Violence.

As the Chair of DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), Professor Osabuohien’s presence added invaluable insights to the event. DIaDeRC’s mission has always been to support scholarly careers, and contributions aligned perfectly with this objective.

During the panel session, themed ‘Building a Pipeline of Researchers and Networks Across Countries and Continents,’ Professor Osabuohien shared valuable insights drawn from extensive experience in mentoring African scholars. He emphasised the importance of perseverance and long-term vision, encouraging participants to view collaboration and networking as investments for future success. His background as an academic from Africa has taught that challenges are inevitable but serve as steppingstones to greater achievements.

The event also provided a platform to explore funding opportunities within critical sectors such as Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence, Peace and Recovery, and Consumer Protection, offered by IPA. It was heartening to see the commitment of organisations like IPA in supporting research endeavours addressing pressing societal issues.

Overall, the Nigeria Researchers Gathering left a lasting impact on all participants, underscoring the significance of collaboration and partnership in advancing research and scholarship in Nigeria and beyond. Looking forward, continued efforts in this direction hold immense promise for driving positive change and fostering sustainable development across the continent.

Learn more about Professor Evans Osabuohien’s work and the initiatives led by DIaDeRC. Engaging with research-focused events and initiatives can play a pivotal role in driving positive change in our communities. Let’s continue to collaborate and work towards a brighter future for all.

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