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Reflections on 2013
Published: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:03:07 GMT   Updated: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:51:06 GMT
Acting head of the Research Cooperation Unit at Sida, Hannah Akuffo, reflects on the year gone.

As 2013 comes to an end, Sida's research cooperation will have contributed to a number of organisations around the world working to reduce poverty through research.

Just this month (Dec 2013) Sida signed a new agreement with the World Bank for support to the CGIAR system with 718 million Swedish krona over five years. Sida's support contributes to research for the development of new technologies within agriculture, with the purpose of increased food security and reduced poverty in low income countries.  Sida has also during 2013 seconded a person to the CGIAR system to work specifically on gender issues.

Sida continues to be actively involved in EDCTP2, in order to enable clinical trials for poverty related infectious diseases. Also within health research, HRP, The special programme on Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction hosted at WHO, published a global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of violence against women during 2013. It is the first time estimates based on data from around the world shows the prevalence of both partner- and nonpartner violence.

Sida's partner UNRISD, The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, has through its report on structural change, social policy and politics continued to influence the international debate.

SciDev.Net working on communication of research for development gave their website an overhaul this year and launched their Middle East and North Africa edition in Arabic. All to continue delivering research results relevant for policy makers in a low income context.

In addition Sida continues long term bilateral research cooperation in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. A new call for cooperation between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities has just opened. Sida is looking forward to see new and continued partnerships for strengthened research capacity during 2014.

Regional support in Asia and Africa has led to important research results, for example through high quality research centres such as Bio-Innovate based in Nairobi.

Valued input from partners such as GlobeLics and AfricaLics will during 2014 lead to Sida publishing a position paper outlining our strategic direction in our support to research and innovation.

Sida continues to be a long term partner in research cooperation and we are looking forward to an interesting 2014.

Hannah Akuffo

Acting head
Unit for Research Cooperation, Sida

Read the letter in Pdf here.


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Collaboration with Uganda
Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening are now being evaluated. Invitation to submit full proposals will be sent out to successful applicants on May 19th 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available online now.
Bill Gates’ cooperation with Sida
On the 31st of March Bill Gates held a speech on the theme “The world is getting better – how we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime”. Hannah Akuffo, the acting head of the unit for research cooperation, sat in the panel which raised important questions about how, where and why research and knowledge is needed for a sustainable development. Click the link to watch the lecture!
Call open – Seed funding from ISSC
ISSC with support from Sida’s unit for research cooperation is now announcing a call for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each. The call aims to prepare researchers from all parts of the world to respond meaningfully to the call for Transformative Knowledge Network proposals that will be launched in October 2014. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2014.
32 Million SEK for sustainable development research
Seven research projects focusing on sustainable development in low income countries have received funds from a joint call between Sida and Formas. The projects are funded 2014-2017.
Result of the Day!
Plenty of results are produced within the research cooperation and as we are counting down towards the end of 2013 Sida is presenting one result here every day during December, up until the holidays.
Innovation for growth
Sida has supported innovation within the research cooperation for many years and the support was recently evaluated. We have now produced a short overview over the evaluation, including two case studies and the conclusions drawn.
Results from CGIAR research
Thanks to research performed by Sida supported CGIAR, over 15 million farmers and others have applied new technologies such as newly developed crop varieties or new management practices on a range of farming systems. As a result of this work over 10 million hectares of land are now under improved technologies or management practices.
Research Training Partnership Programme - complementary call Bolivia
Those invited to submit a full proposal for Sida's “Research Training Partnership Programme as an integral part of Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening” have now been contacted. The program as a whole focuses on collaboration between Sida target country universities in Bolivia and Swedish universities.
Meet our partners!
Sida works with a number of partner organisations within the research cooperation. We have asked some of them to describe their mission and share their current news.
Think Tank Rankings 2012
Several Sida supported Think Tanks are listed in the 2012 “Think Tank Index” from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at University of Pennsylvania.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links: The call for proposals 2013 is now closed.
Read more on Vetenskapsrådet's website:
First TASENE awardees announced
The unique collaborative research programme TASENE has awarded four projects for Tanzanian, Dutch and Swedish post docs with the goal to learn from each other’s approaches to research management and funding.
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