UMSA, Bolivia
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Research cooperation
Published: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:03:07 GMT   Updated: Mon, 25 May 2015 13:08:40 GMT
Thank you to all our partners and colleagues!

AnnaMaria Oltorp

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 function.

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 development.

Best regards,

AnnaMaria Oltorp

Head of the Unit for research cooperation, Sida

(Download the letter as a PDF.)

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 journalism at  INASP and; health, reproductive and policy research at  WHO.


Welcome to Sida's Research Cooperation's in-depth site for databases, open calls, methodological support and overview of research findings.

This site is specifically designed with the intent to provide detailed information about Sida's research cooperation activities. For a more general overview of Sida please follow this link to Sida's main website.

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  • Publish calls for research proposals.
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Call for proposals: Research Training Partnership Programme - Ethiopia
Sida is announcing a call for proposals for 5-year partnerships between Ethiopian and Swedish research institutions for strengthening of institutional research capacity in Ethiopia. Thematic areas as prioritized by the partner university Addis Ababa University: Economics and Management, Electrical Power and Control Engineering, International and Comparative Education, Biotechnology.
Achievements from the Bio-Innovate Programme
Regional research cooperation has improved beans to be used for the canning industry. In collaboration with SciDev.Net, a movie presents one of the results of the Sida supported Bio-Innovate Programme in Kenya. The development of a sweet potato resilient to climate change and technologies for agro-industrial water recycling are among the other achievements. Read about them in the results section.
Sida Research Council visits Tanzania
Sida's scientific advisory group recently travelled to Tanzania to visit organisations and universities supported by Sweden. WIOMSA and Institute of Marine Sciences on Zanzibar and universities in Dar es Salaam were among the partners visited.
Research network focusing on agri-chemicals
A new research network in South East Asia and Bangladesh has been formed and will focus on agri-chemicals. Here are representatives taking part in a Results Based Management workshop.
RBM Handbook available
A handbook in Results Based Management is available for download through the link below. The purpose of the handbook is to guide organisations in using RBM for planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
New strategy for research cooperation
The Swedish government has decided on a new strategy for research cooperation valid 2015-2021. The strategy has three results areas: capacity building, research of relevance for development and innovation.
Insect science on CNN
Sida supported insect science institute icipe was recently featured on cnn, in the programme African Voices.
Director for Future Earth Secretariat
As the Future Earth Globally Distributed Secretariat begins to take shape, KVA has initiated the search for the Director for the Swedish Global Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat. The recruitment announcement has already been posted – see links below. More about Future Earth can be found by exploring the web site
Watch the Makerere University video showcasing results from research cooperation with Sweden
– Swedish funds have strengthened research management and coordination, improved the research and publication at Makerere, and improved the funding levels for research and innovation, says professor Mukadasi Buyinza, Sida coordinator at Makerere University. Swedish research cooperation with Uganda was initiated in 2000. On October 6, our successful cooperation was celebrated at Sida Science Day 2014.
The SSEESS Research Links 2015
The “SSEESS Research Links 2015" call for proposals is now open! The grant is aimed at individual researchers within natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities that do research on Global Environmental Change (GEC) issues, are affiliated with a Swedish research institute and already collaborate with at least one regional scientist on the regional priorities.
Research Training Partnership Programme - Uganda
Update: The decision regarding full proposals going forward in the process and those rejected will be sent out to proposal coordinators during the second week of December 2014.
Research Training Partnership Programme - Tanzania
The deadline for submission of joint programme proposals to the Tanzanian Universities/Costech has now passed (November 14th, 2014). Information about the call is still available online through the link below.
Seed funding from ISSC
The call for proposals from ISSC with support from Sida’s research cooperation is now closed. A total of 500 applications were received. The call was for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each with the aim 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.
Swebol Biotech - From Swedish support to international venture
Bolivia has products of great potential to both domestic and international markets. Research by Mauricio Peñarrieta has shown that its plants are rich on antioxidants and other nutritional values. His research led to the launch of a Swedish-Bolivian venture project called SweBol Biotech, with the purpose of facilitating trade between the countries.
Grants awarded to 38 new research initiatives
ISSC has with support from Sida awarded 38 seed grants to new research initiatives in the field of social transformations. The aim is to build knowledge partnerships needed for longer-term research on the fundamental innovative processes of social transformations towards sustainable and equitable futures. The supported research networks have unique focus on social transformation needs and opportunities in specific social-ecological settings across the world.
Sustainable development research
In this short video research fellow Yonas Alem talks about the Sida supported research capacity building programme "Environment for Development initiative" which is based at Gothenburg university, as well as research related to sustainable development.
Sida supports WHO call for action
Sida supports the WHO statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth. This is a call for action, dialogue, research and advocacy to ensure the rights of women to dignified, respectful healthcare through pregnancy and childbirth. It is a matter of human rights. Sida's research cooperation supports WHO's research programmes HRP, TDR and the Alliance.
"Bolivian universities serve the people"
"Inequality is decreasing and people are speaking about our economic growth across Latin America. This in part has our public universities to thank, and we are very proud of them." Bolivian vice president Álvaro García Linera at a recent conference in La Paz where twelve years of research cooperation between Sweden and Bolivia was celebrated.
Call open: Research Partnership Programme - Tanzania
Sida is announcing a call for proposals for partnerships between Tanzanian and Swedish universities and institutions called “Research Partnership Programme". The programme aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacities at four key research universities and institutions in Tanzania. Deadline November 14th 2014.
Future Earth secretariat
Stockholm is one of five Global Hubs to comprise the new Future Earth secretariat. The other locations are in Canada, France, Japan and USA. Spread over three continents the secretariat will operate as one entity. Sida supports Future Earth and its research for sustainable development.
PhD student Stella Kioko
Sida supported International Science Programme (ISP) at Uppsala University has made a short film about PhD Student Stella Kioko from Kenya where she tells about her life and her physics research. Sida supports ISP 2014-2018 with 160 Million SEK.
Summary of ReCom findings
Research and Communication on Foreign Aid (ReCom) has now published a summary of their research findings. ReCom was implemented over 2011-2013 in a partnership between UNU-WIDER, Sida and Danida. The aim of the programme was to research and communicate what works and what can be achieved through development assistance.
Sweden and WHO sign new framework agreement for health
Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan have signed a contract that marks the first phase of a new six-year framework agreement. WHO’s reform initiative aims to ensure that the organization is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. The reform’s objectives are three-fold: to improve health outcomes, to achieve greater coherence in global health and to foster organizational excellence.
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!
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.
Collaboration with Uganda
Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening have now been evaluated. Invitations to submit full proposals have been sent out to successful applicants during week 22, 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available through the link below.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links
These programs are from 2013 administrated by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council). Read more on their website:
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.
Finding a common language about social transformation
What is needed for better and more effective research into social change, and how does change happens? The ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability programme is an exciting new global research funding programme to promote research on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. This video shows the first of a series of annual Transformative Knowledge workshops.