SciDev.Net Annual Review 2009
SciDev.Net annual review of activities and achievements 2009
Annual Review 2009 Providing information about science and technology that inspires, informs and has an impact on global development www.scidev.net Contents: 01 From the director 02 Our goal 03 Strategic objective: Expand our content and increase our readership 04 Case study: SciDev.Net helps kick-start a flourishing freelance career 05 Strategic objective: Increase our impact on policy and use technology to engage with our users 06 Strategic objective: Build local capacity and improve access to research 07 Case study: SciDev.Net helps Sri Lanka tackle food security 08 Strategic objective: Respond to user demand 09 Strategic objective: Increase strategic alliances and build a strong & sustainable financial base 10 Case study: SciDev.Net helps develop policies in Southern Sudan 11 Our financial information 12 People SciDev.Net: inspiring individuals and organisations to make informed decisions on science- and technologyrelated issues that impact on sustainable development in the developing world From the director: It was ironic that the first decade of the 21st century -- a century seeming to promise that science and technology will bridge the gap between rich and poor -- should have ended in high-profile international disagreement over efforts to tackle human-induced climate change, one of the biggest challenges to turning that promise into reality. The Copenhagen conference highlighted science's essential contributions to understanding global warming and its likely impacts; the scientific consensus on these remains robust, even if details are hotly disputed. Similarly, the conference agreed that more science-based technologies, such as drought-resistant crops or efficient renewable energy sources, are needed to mitigate these impacts. But the conference failed to reach a political consensus on how to apportion the social and economic costs of climate change's challenges. As well as demonstrating rich countries' reluctance to forego energy-intensive lifestyles, it highlighted how the self-interest of these countries continues to dominate all discussion about science and technology in development. Since our inception in 2001, SciDev.Net has sought to change this situation. We believe providing reliable, timely and accessible information on the science and technology relevant to issues such as climate change is essential for empowering the poor in negotiations too often dominated by the rich. The global warming debate also underlines the importance of our second, complementary, mission -- helping to build the developing world's capacity to use science and technology in decision-making. Certainly, skills in effective science communication play a valuable role in redressing the balance between rich and poor, and nurturing a world that is more sustainable and equitable. I am delighted to say that, in addressing these twin missions, 2009 was by far our most successful year yet. The increasing scope and depth of our material, combined with focused marketing and improved operation of the website, brought a record 1.57 million visits (an increase of 41 per cent over 2008), and a total of 3.2 million pageviews. Positive responses from our 'user survey' in summer 2009 underline these achievements. Of more than 1,400 respondents, 95 per cent rated SciDev.Net as "excellent" or "good", and 84 per cent said they would recommend the website to others. Other case studies -- some described in this annual review -- illustrate some of the many ways that our content helps get science to the heart of development. I would like to thank all those who made these achievements possible. High among these are our staff, our regional coordinators, our trustees and our growing network of journalists, researchers, policy specialists and other contributors across the developing world. I also want to thank our donors -- particularly the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Canada's International Development Research Centre -- who have made all this possible. We believe that our achievements in 2009, as summarised in this review, justify the commitment that has been shown on all sides. And we hope to enjoy continued support from our wide range of stakeholders as we face the many tasks ahead. David Dickson Director www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 01 Our goal: What we want to achieve The big picture Enhancing the use of science and technology in policies, programmes and projects that reduce poverty and build sustainable economic growth in the developing world SciDev.Net's role To increase the availability of reliable and accessible information about science, technology and innovation to all stakeholders engaged in decision making on science-related issues in the developing world via... Our website We produce and distribute authoritative news, opinion, analysis and background information about how science and technology can meet the needs of developing countries Capacity Buiding We enhance developing country researchers' and science communicators' capacity to present accurate and accessible information about science and technology, bridging the gap between research, policy and practice Strategic objectives: Expand our content To provide information written for the developing world, by the developing world, that resonates with all audiences, maximising impact and promoting discussion around topics of international and regional concern. Achievements in 2009 � In 2009 SciDev.Net published 737 news articles, increasing our online news archive to more than 5,000 articles. � We published regular swine flu updates with a developing world focus. These brought together key news sources linking to the latest on swine flu to keep readers up-to-date on the worldwide pandemic. These updates proved the most popular of our 'news in brief' collections. � We launched a monthly BioMed Analysis column, by health journalist Priya Shetty, and celebrated the first anniversary of our Africa Analysis column by science policy journalist Linda Nordling. � We published 77 original opinion articles and 83 opinion summaries, an increase from 2008 reflecting our commitment to providing a platform for authoritative debate. � A regional news editor, Mohammed Yahia, based in Cairo, joined our team to help build our Middle East and North Africa coverage. His insight, from the heart of the region, is enhancing our content and helping to coordinate activities on the ground. � Overall, nearly 75 per cent of SciDev.Net authors were from the developing world, maintaining our commitment to supporting writers in developing regions. Increase our readership To ensure the SciDev.Net website becomes an invaluable resource, helping to disseminate science and technology information to a wider audience, including policymakers, researchers and the public. Achievements in 2009 � In 2009 SciDev.Net received more than 1.5 million visits to the website -- an increase of 41 per cent from 2008, and over 3.2 million page views -- an increase of more than 25 per cent from 2008. � Half of these visits were from developing countries. � Our number of registered users increased by 17 per cent in 2009, reaching more than 48,000. Of these new registrants 72 per cent were from developing regions. Registrants receive regular SciDev.Net communications, can submit comments to the website, communicate with other users and post items to the free notices section. � The average number of visits to our spotlights within six months of their publication increased from 8,000 to more than 20,000. This was due to more regular publication, improved content and increased translation. New promotional emails and better-targeted marketing also ensured that more than 1,000 new contacts received promotional emails for each spotlight. Regional distribution of registrants Region 2009 (%) Sub-Saharan Africa 21.3 Latin America & Caribbean 19.3 South Asia 18.9 Europe 14.0 US & Canada 10.4 China 5.7 South-East Asia 3.6 Middle East & North Africa 3.5 Oceania 1.7 Other/Unknown 1.6 www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 03 Case study: SciDev.Net helps kick-start a flourishing freelance career "SciDev.Net is a crucial source of information about science in developing countries. It helps to improve science journalism around the world" Laura Garc�a Oviedo Freelance journalist in Argentina Argentinean journalist Laura Garc�a Oviedo received the joint International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - SciDev.Net Latin America Internship back in 2007. It kick-started her freelance career. This internship involved two months spent working in SciDev.Net's London office and a couple of weeks in Mexico City, working closely with Luisa Massarani, the SciDev.Net Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Since receiving the internship, Laura now contributes regularly to publications including La Naci�n newspaper, Muy Interesante magazine and SciDev.Net. Laura and two colleagues have also established a radio programme focussing on politics, the environment, science and art called "Palabras Sueltas", and Laura writes for the programme's blog: www.palabrassueltasfm.blogspot.com. Laura says SciDev.Net has helped her to hone her journalistic skills, particularly through her relationship with Luisa, "She helps me to think about every detail or data of an article. She always teaches me to see the development angle of a story." Thanks to her internship in London and Mexico City, Laura met science communication specialists who "inspired me to improve not only my writing skills, but also to see other opportunities in this important job of informing the general public about what is going on in the science field". And Laura's growing experience has shown her that SciDev.Net is unique in two ways. "The team has a big commitment to writing stories about science related to development but also to supporting the professional development of contributors." 04 Annual Review 2009 www.scidev.net Strategic objectives: Increase our impact on policy To contribute to a political climate that accepts technological innovation as a source of both social improvement and sustainable economic growth in the developing world. Achievements in 2009 � In 2009 we published spotlights on: Aid for higher education; Nanotechnology for clean water; Reducing forest emissions; Climate change & insect-borne disease; and Remote sensing for natural disasters. All five highlighted topical, hotly-debated issues, emphasising the links between scientific research and policy. They offer facts and figures, present different angles on the debate, and highlight relevant policy briefs and effective strategies for policymakers. � We continued to provide valuable resources for policymakers, including over 170 key documents and links to relevant websites, bringing our library of such resources to more than 1,450. � We published 17 policy brief summaries, a significant increase from 2008, showing our commitment to providing policymakers with insightful, accessible information about topics where science interacts with development. � Our regular Africa Analysis column, by science policy journalist Linda Nordling, focuses on African science policy. Average visits to each column continued to rise to almost 1,000 during the first three months after each publication. � Linda Nordling has also helped improve the news desk's coverage of African science policy. � We have encouraged our journalists to highlight and discuss policy implications in their stories. This emphasises the impact of science on policy to our audience, and makes journalists more aware of their potential impact. Use technology to engage with our users To encourage discussion and interaction among our users, increasing their understanding and engagement, both of which are required to ensure open and democratic debate about science and technology. Achievements in 2009 � We made SciDev.Net faster in 2009. By moving the website to a new and more stable platform we increased average website uptime and halved the average download time for pages. This makes content more available in the developing world. � We extended our RSS and webfeeds to cover subtopics, so that users and other websites can receive our regular updates on specific subject areas. We saw an impressive increase in website traffic coming via RSS feeds. The number of visits more than tripled from 20,099 in 2008 to 68,659 in 2009. � We developed and launched new email alerts using HTML to provide clear and branded designs for our regular weekly email alerts, spotlight emails and general marketing emails. These have improved accessibility to our content, contributing to the 22 per cent increase in direct traffic to our website in 2009. � We blogged from nine separate events including the African Science Communication Conference, XI Reuni�n de la Red Pop, New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy, Global Forum for Health Research and TWAS 11th General Conference. We blogged in two languages, added 157 posts (including 3 videos), and received 64 comments from readers. � The SciDev.Net blog attracted more than 16,794 visits during 2009, with surges in June and December from two major events, the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists in London, and COP 15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 05 Stategic objectives: Build local capacity To ensure science communication becomes an integral part of both national and international innovation systems, and the international aid agenda. Achievements in 2009 � To improve our South Asia coverage we devolved additional editorial responsibility to our regional team based in India. � We also took this decentralised approach with some of our promotional activities, employing a consultant to plan and coordinate a profile-raising project specifically targeted at Pakistan. As a result of this project visitors from Pakistan increased by more than 40 per cent and the number of registered users from Pakistan increased by 23 per cent. � Our regional coordinators increased their role in producing spotlights by helping define the scope and translate material into our key languages. They also ensured at least one opinion article in each spotlight presented an authoritative comment on a regional aspect of the debate. � In 2009 we published three 'practical guides' on how to effectively report on key topics: How to report a disease outbreak or pandemic; How to report on science policy; and Climate change: How to report the story of the century. These provide focused information and advice on science communication for developing country journalists -- and others involved in science and technology communication. � Our network of developing country freelance journalists now numbers over 100. In 2009 we continued to support and mentor them and together they delivered more than 92 per cent of our news articles. Our editorial team worked to encourage our network of freelancers to 'deepen' their content by adding more local context to stories. We also established new procedures to improve the way we share ideas and pitches with them. � We helped to set up a workshop in Quito, Ecuador, on Science and Technology Reporting. The 24 attendees -- journalists from Ecuador and Costa Rica -- updated their skills and knowledge during a series of seminars, hosted by our regional coordinator for the region Luisa Massarani. Improve access to research To make the research community more aware of the need for better science and technology communication, both with policymakers and the public, and institutional and cultural changes needed to bring this improvement about. Achievements in 2009 � During 2009 we continued to provide our readers with direct access to scientific and technological research and other articles in Science and Nature. � We summarised and linked to 80 key research articles from other major journals, including The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Public Library of Science. � We summarised and linked to 83 opinion articles from global journals such as Nature Biotechnology, regional journals such as The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, and organisations including the WHO, TWAS and the International Institute for Environment and Development. Registered users' professions Profession 2009 (%) science researcher 18.9 student 16.9 lecturer/teacher 12.9 other/unknown 11.7 editor/journalist 6.5 consultant 6.3 government official 5.1 ngo official 5.0 health worker 3.3 policy researcher 3.2 science communicator 2.9 research administrator 2.4 information manager/librarian 1.9 commercial/industrial manager 1.7 aid agency official 1.3 06 Annual Review 2009 www.scidev.net Case study: SciDev.Net helps Sri Lanka tackle food security "SciDev.Net enables me to be up-to-date with global developments -- gets my brain ticking on new innovative approaches!" Sarath Abayawardana Director of Sri Lanka's National Science Foundation Sarath Abayawardana is director of Sri Lanka's National Science Foundation (NSF). His organisation supports and promotes scientific research projects, setting up multidisciplinary research teams, and bidding for grants to fund research programmes. Sarath tells us he uses SciDev.Net regularly and extensively in his work. He says SciDev.Net has helped the foundation develop a mission-oriented research programme on food security for Sri Lanka. The programme aims to identify and address the underlying issues threatening food security. Rural farmers with small-holdings, the marginalised urban poor, and those affected by the prolonged civil conflict will all benefit. SciDev.Net reports regularly on food security issues in the developing world, and Sarath says that it helps him gather the background information he needs to underpin the research programme. "The research programme is in its very early stages now, but continued use of SciDev.Net will help us implement it," he says. Sarath told us he also uses SciDev.Net to develop his staff, building capacity amongst his research administrators and encouraging them to maintain a professional approach to their work. Our weekly email alert has even inspired him to create an e-newsletter, "ScinnoTech Alert" circulated to about 2,500 scientists and other professionals within Sri Lanka. Sarath is fully aware of the benefits that come from encouraging the exchange of scientific information. Thanks to SciDev.Net, his e-newsletter is fostering just such a culture in Sri Lanka. www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 07 Stategic objective: Respond to user demand To enable SciDev.Net to make future plans and developments that respond to users' evolving needs, and to create a user experience with enduring value. Achievements in 2009 SciDev.Net 2009 user survey Understanding who our users are, why they use SciDev.Net, and how they use the website is integral to ensuring we meet users' needs both now and in the future. In August 2009 we surveyed our users to better understand their needs, ensure we develop our website to meet these and to gather information about the impact of our work. The survey focused on the three areas of content, audience and impact. A link to the online survey was sent to 28,500 registrants and highlighted on the website during August 2009. The survey closed after 5 weeks with 1,420 responses. Our content � 95 per cent of respondents think the SciDev.Net website is excellent or good. � 84 per cent would recommend the site to others. � The site is particularly valued for highlighting important issues; its consistently interesting content; and for its emphasis on issues affecting developing countries. � Spotlights in particular were highlighted as providing an excellent overview of the topic being covered (84 per cent); that the topics are timely (83 per cent) and relevant (82 per cent); and that the additional resources, such as links and definitions, were very useful (72 per cent). Our audience � Respondents were most interested in Environment coverage (61 per cent), followed equally by Climate Change and Science & Innovation Policy (51 per cent). � Respondents from developing countries were most interested in material on the region in which they live, with Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and South Asia the most popular. � Recommendations from friends or colleagues and web searches are the most common way of hearing about SciDev.Net. � Developing country users are more likely to proactively recommend SciDev.Net. Our impact � The most common use of SciDev.Net material was to increase the respondent's awareness, understanding and knowledge. � Media respondents said SciDev.Net allows them to develop their ability to communicate science. Policymakers said it helps them make up their mind on critical issues. � Respondents from both sectors said SciDev.Net made them more aware of the importance of science and technology. Conclusion Positive general feedback from respondents suggested that they see the website and its content as being reliable, accessible and useful. SciDev.Net have reviewed the results of the 2009 survey closely, and will draw on its conclusions in planning the further development of the website, thus helping to ensure that this responds to user needs and demands. The findings from the survey will also help to inform SciDev.Net's long-term strategy, as well as to improve the effectiveness of its work. 08 Annual Review 2009 www.scidev.net Strategic objectives: Increase strategic alliances To ensure dissemination of science and technology information is not restricted to narrow groups of decision-makers and to tap into international networks that facilitate inclusiveness in the decision-making process. Achievements in 2009 � SciDev.Net established a media partnership with the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists in London in June 2009, a key event for science journalists, scientists and science communicators worldwide. It was a forum for debate on crucial science journalism issues and an opportunity for reporting about the latest developments in science and technology. � SciDev.Net had a strong presence at the conference and our activities included: � a team of journalists blogging regularly on issues being raised throughout the meeting; � funding a journalist from the developing world to attend the conference; � hosting a popular networking event that encouraged journalists to learn more about SciDev.Net and to meet the team; � raising awareness of SciDev.Net's work through an exhibition stand, where we talked with delegates, offered material and outlined the opportunities for international science journalists to work with us; � encouraging delegates to register with SciDev.Net -- more than 120 people signed up during the meeting; � developing links and new working relationships with people and organisations; and � establishing links with the London International Development Centre (LIDC) for future collaborations. Build a strong & sustainable financial base To develop and maintain a secure and financial base in order to sustain operations, fund activities and nourish the growth of the organisation. Achievements in 2009 � SciDev.Net continues to receive support from, and work closely with, our three main donors: the Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs (DGIS). � SciDev.Net also secured funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. This funding allows SciDev.Net to host a six-month Science Journalism Award during 2010 for a journalist from the developing world; provides support for three-month internships for developing country science journalists (one a year for three years); funds regional coordinators to attend meetings in London; contributes to increasing use of French language material on the website; and supports redevelopment of our website platform to improve accessibility and facilitate new developments. Website visits by region Region 2009 (%) US & Canada 24.4 Europe 21.4 Latin America & Caribbean 15.4 South Asia 13.4 Sub-Saharan Africa 8.0 China 4.9 South-East Asia 4.6 Middle East & North Africa 3.4 Oceania 2.4 Other/Unknown 2.1 www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 09 Case study: SciDev.Net helps develop policies in Southern Sudan "It has helped me and my colleagues to achieve great things in my work as well as my region" Manila Keji Albino Inspector for the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment in Southern Sudan The government of Southern Sudan, formed after Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, has few formal policies, laws or regulations. So Manila Keji Albino has turned to SciDev.Net for ideas on how to improve health, the environment and energy policies. Manila has worked on developing an environment policy for Southern Sudan. "I really appreciate SciDev.Net for the knowledge that I gain through reading their articles," says Manila, explaining: "I am now capable of solving environmental problems." Southern Sudan faces land degradation, poor sanitation, water pollution and urbanisation, alongside the larger problem of climate change. Manila is part of the Southern Sudan National Environment Association, a group tackling some of these issues by educating the community, to understand their environment so they can live sustainably. And Manila knows that "sharing ideas is very important in applying science to development." So he uses SciDev.Net material to help educate local communities and encourage them to get involved in solving local problems such as how to treat water taken directly from the river, how to raise awareness of water diseases and their management, and how best to use water for agriculture and forestry. He also says SciDev.Net has also helped him recognise that climate change is real. "Countries such as Southern Sudan are lacking skills in technology, development and decision making, and need support from scientific communities" Manilla urges. 10 Annual Review 2009 www.scidev.net Financial information: Our financial information for 2009 Statement of financial activities Incoming resources Incoming resources from generated funds: Voluntary income Investment income Other incoming resources Total incoming resources Resources expended Costs of generating funds Charitable activities Governance costs Total resources expended Net income/(expenditure) before transfer Total funds at 1 January Total funds at 31 December 31,298 934,260 45,486 1,011,044 69,600 184,605 254,205 30,277 789,061 31,289 850,627 (100,274) 284,879 184,605 1,071,424 8,917 303 1,080,644 748,951 1,377 25 750,353 Trustees' statement 2009 � 2008 � The information provided here is not the full statutory accounts but is a summary of the information which appears in the full financial statements. These summarised figures may not contain sufficient information to allow for a full understanding of the financial affairs of the charity. For further information the full annual accounts, including the auditor's report, should be consulted. These can be obtained, free of charge, from the charity's offices at 9-11 Richmond Buildings, London, W1D 3HF. The full accounts were approved by the Board on 16/04/10 and a copy will be submitted to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor has issued an unqualified opinion on the full annual financial statements and on the consistency of the Board's report with those annual statements. The report on the full annual financial statements contained no statement under section 498(2)(a) or 498(2)(b) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. Independent auditor's statement to the trustees of SciDev.Net Statutory Auditor: Kingston Smith LLP We have examined the summarised financial statements for the year ended 2009. The Board are responsible for preparing the summarised financial statements in accordance with applicable United Kingdom Law. Our responsibility is to report to you our opinion on the consistency of the summarised financial statements with the full annual financial statements and Board's annual report and its compliance with the relevant requirements of section 427 of the Companies Act 2006 and the regulations made thereunder. We conducted our work in accordance with Bulletin 2008/3 issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Our report on the company's full annual financial statements describes the basis of our opinion on those financial statements and on the Trustees' Annual Report. In our opinion the summary financial statement is consistent with the full annual financial statements and Councils' report of SciDev.Net for the year ended 31st December 2009 and complies with the applicable requirements of section 427 of the Companies Act 2006, and the regulations made thereunder. SciDev.Net Company limited by guarantee no. 4218234 Registered charity no. 1089590 Summary balance sheet at 31 December 2009 Fixed assets Tangible assets Current assets Debtors Cash at bank and in hand 139,305 234,464 373,769 Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year Net current assets Net assets Funds Restricted funds Unrestricted funds: Designated fixed asset funds Designated core funds General funds Total funds www.scidev.net � 118,130 111,335 24,740 254,205 � 83,534 77,167 23,904 184,605 (237,694) 136,075 254,205 44,581 188,205 232,786 (131,715) 101,071 184,605 2009 � 118,130 2008 � 83,534 Annual Review 2009 11 People: Who we are Staff David Dickson Director and editor firstname.lastname@example.org Naomi Antony Assistant news editor email@example.com Anne-Caroline Duplat (left March 2009) Marketing manager Jan Evetts Website support technician firstname.lastname@example.org Carmen Fishwick Editorial production assistant email@example.com Clair Grant-Salmon (joined April 2009) Marketing manager firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandra Ife Deputy director email@example.com Aisling Irwin News and features editor firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Lee Web production manager email@example.com Karen Levin (left October 2009) Operations manager Sian Lewis Commissioning editor firstname.lastname@example.org Gillian McAveety (joined July 2009) Office administrator and PA to Director email@example.com Marcus McDowall (joined October 2009) Operations manager firstname.lastname@example.org Katherine Nightingale Deputy news editor email@example.com Elinor Smallman Marketing assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Daniela Hirschfeld Latin America and Caribbean consultant Paula Leighton Latin America and Caribbean consultant Zoraida Portillo Latin America and Caribbean consultant Mohammed Yahia (joined August 2009) Middle East and North Africa coordinator T. V. Padma South Asia coordinator email@example.com Sanjay M. Johri South Asia consultant Christina Scott (left July 2009) Sub-Saharan African news editor Regional coordinators and consultants Jia Hepeng (left January 2009) China coordinator Gong Yidong (joined January 2009) China news editor firstname.lastname@example.org Liu Zhenhua (left October 2009) China consultant Luisa Massarani Latin America and Caribbean coordinator email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Lisbeth Fog Latin America and Caribbean consultant Topic consultants Priya Shetty (left January 2009) Health consultant David J. Grimshaw New technologies consultant Marina Joubert Science communication consultant Athar Osama (left January 2009) Science and innovation policy consultant 12 Annual Review 2009 www.scidev.net Trustees Andrew Bennett Chair Former executive director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Switzerland Nalaka Gunawardene Vice chair Director and chief executive officer, TVE Asia Pacific, Sri Lanka Philip Rowley Treasurer (joined March 2009) Chairman, audit committee of ARM Holdings PLC and Member of the National Development Board, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK Lidia Brito Head, science policy division, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and assistant professor, Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique Abdallah Daar Senior scientist and co-director, life sciences, ethics and policy programme, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University Health Network, Canada Nadia El-Awady (joined March 2009) Board member, World Federation of Science Journalists, and founding president, Arab Science Journalists Association, Egypt Judith Francis (joined March 2009) Senior programme coordinator, Science and Technology Strategies, Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), The Netherlands Ji Fusheng Former director-general, Department of Fundamental Research and High Technology, The People's Republic of China Khotso Mokhele (joined March 2009) Former president, National Research Foundation in South Africa. Vice-president, Scientific Planning and Review, International Council for Science, South Africa G�rard Toulouse (joined March 2009) Member of the joint Ethics Committee, National Institute for Agricultural Research and the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, France Donald Kennedy (retired March 2009) Editor-in-chief, Science, AAAS, United States Luc Soete (retired March 2009) Director, UN University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), The Netherlands Funders Department for International Development, London, United Kingdom Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm, Sweden International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Berne, Switzerland The Directorate General for International Cooperation, The Hague, The Netherlands Supporters www.scidev.net Annual Review 2009 13 Contact us SciDev.Net 9-11 Richmond Buildings London, W1D 3HF United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7292 9910 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7292 9929 Email: email@example.com www.scidev.net Photo Credits Front cover: � iStockphoto.com/mrloz Page 04: � iStockphoto.com/Tsidvintsev Page 07: � iStockphoto.com/beemore Page 10: � Shutterstock Page 13: SciDev.Net Annual General Meeting April 2009 This is printed on paper that is sourced from well managed and sustainable forests. 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