This report is an analysis of discussions and presentations that took
place at the 'Locating the Power of In-between conference' in
Pretoria, South Africa in July 2008. The conference was organised to
shine a spotlight on the role of research brokers, knowledge and
information intermediaries and info-mediaries, and the contribution they
can make to supporting and enabling evidence-based pro-poor policy and
This report identifies key issues from the conference and presents them
for further analysis, discussion and action by people undertaking
intermediary work, their stakeholders and those interested in
information and communication flow around pro-poor policy and practice.
It draws out key points of the realities of evidence-based policy; where
intermediaries fit into that context; and ideas about how intermediaries
can contribute and challenge their work. In conclusion, it points to
future action, in particular the need for collaboration between
intermediary actors to step up to the challenges identified.
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK/Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa, 20 pp.