Published: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:03:07 GMT
Updated: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:50:31 GMT
2014 is coming to a close, and for the research cooperation unit
- and for me personally - this has truly been an exciting year. I
took over the steering wheel in August, replacing the steady hands
of Hannah Akuffo. I am sure she would agree that research continues
to play an important role for the challenges of our time.
Ill health, poverty, inequality, climate change - the trials
humanity is facing are many. But I choose to remain positive about
the possibilities of addressing these challenges. Research can lay
the foundation for solving many of these problems and the joint
work with our partners bilateral, regional and international are
certainly contributing. The partners of Swedish research
cooperation take on major research topics in all the above areas
and work with innovations, and engage in exchanges between the
universities as well as collaboration with governments, private
sector and civil society. All in an effort to address the
development needs nationally, regionally and globally through
research and contributing to evidence based decisions.
And as the yearly reports from our partners are flowing in, I am
reminded of how research is contributing to development. Let me
name just a few examples as an illustration.
Sweden's bilateral research cooperation with Bolivia has
resulted in important findings on the spread of heavy metals in
water and foods, developed small-scale methods of turning trash and
manure to fertilizer and biogas, and much more.
Our partner INDEPTH, a network for demographic surveillance in
low-income countries, recently published the largest ever dataset
on individual deaths in Africa and South-East Asia. Reliable
cause-of-death data is essential for health systems to
Sida has during 2015 renewed its cooperation with research
programmes within WHO and UNESCO Science and supported the launch
of the ISSC new research programme on sustainability. The Arab
council for the Social Sciences has strengthened its program and is
ready to take on new challenges.
There are many more examples of results from Swedish research
cooperation. Allow me to say thank you to all partners and
colleagues. Let us all make 2015 a successful year for research in
Head of the Unit for research cooperation, Sida
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Read more about our support in our newly written news items:
bilateral cooperation with
Bolivia; the African research consortium
CARTA; food security at
CGIAR; cholera research at
ICDDRB; data gathering at
INDEPTH; innovations in
Tanzania and at Africalics and Globelics; research
INASP and Scidev.net; health, reproductive and
policy research at
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