|Getting new knowledge and technologies into use||The right systems need to be in place to trigger demand for research outputs.
The RNRRS research outputs need to be demystified to make them well understood by the platform and other stakeholders - they are currently opting for other locally generated research.
|Strengthening in the capacity of the national innovation systems or sub-systems||The National Innovation Coalition should evolve based on individuals' interests and commitments - people not committed should be allowed to drop out.
The people elected as Platform Champions should automatically be on the National Innovation Coalition to link the work together.
Platform Champions from the private sector are more active and effective than those from the public sector.
The Platform Facilitators affiliated to specific platforms are more active than those that are not.
|Influences on policy||Innovation systems are a process. People now beginning to appreciate what innovation systems mean.
The presence of local patron is key.
The Innovation System approach takes time to establish and therefore impact on policy should be expected to be gradual.
|Partnerships and linkages into national and regional process||Innovation Systems approach creates an environment conducive to partnerships and coalitions. The platforms improve information flows along the value chain and the contributions and potential contributions are valued by the platform.|
|Communication outputs that link so wider audiences||Communications should be tailored to the platform to make a meaningful contribution to Malawi RIU.|
|Brokering in practice: The experience of the RIU Malawi Country Programme
Author: Maija Hirvonen
July 2011 (PDF 2MB)