A second objective of the CASCADE project was to identify and develop an inventory of the national and regional stakeholders that can influence the societal challenges and research priorities relevant to the South Asian region.
Hemanthi Goonasekara from the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka led this activity.
The development of the inventory and mapping were a collaborative process of research, debate, and discussion that drew from multiple perspectives to determine a key list of stakeholders at the national and regional level and their extent of stake in the seven societal challenges in terms of power and interest.
Identification of stakeholders was conducted simultaneously with the Phase 1 (Policy and trend analysis of societal challenges in South Asia partner countries) and Phase 2 (Interviews and Focus groups with experts who have the knowledge and experiences in one/ several areas of social challenges in South Asia partner countries) of WP2 of the project. Guidance on identifying key stakeholders was provided for the South Asia partners during the second partner meeting held in Sri Lanka in January 2014.
The identified stakeholders were those that offer a broad range of STI input linking to the Horizon 2020 societal challenges and that can influence the global challenges and research priorities relevant to the South Asian region.
Thereafter, stakeholder identification and mapping protocols were discussed in detail with the South Asia partners during a workshop conducted in conjunction with the third partner meeting held in Maldives in July 2014. At the end of the workshop, a template was introduced to present the stakeholder inventory and conduct the mapping exercise. A power vs interest analysis was conducted in relation to each identified stakeholder in mapping their stake in societal challenges.
A copy of the work package report and the inventory can be downloaded from the media centre.