Exterior of the Sida headquarters at Valhallavagen in Stockholm. 2009-07-02
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About Sida's Research Cooperation
Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 05:26:59 GMT   Updated: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:16:34 GMT
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, works with research cooperation in a number of countries and through support to various organisations. The research cooperation is guided by the Swedish government's Policy and Strategy for Research Cooperation 2010-2014 and Sida reports to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The overall objective of the Policy and Strategy for Research Cooperation 2010-2014 is to support research cooperation partners so that they better plan produce and use research for development. Partners include international organisations, research councils and universities around the world.

The following are policy documents that are relevant to the activities of the Unit for Research Cooperation:

Policy for Research under the Swedish Development Cooperation Programme

Strategy for Sida's Support for Development Research Cooperation (Klicka för svensk version)


In March 2014 the Swedish government decided on The Swedish Aid Policy Platform which replaces all previous policies on aid, including "Research for Development - policy for research in Swedish development cooperation": http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/24/28/99/5718b7f6.pdf

"In this Communication the Government sets out the direction of Swedish aid. The aid policy framework is a central document in Sweden's aid policy and forms the point of departure for the Government's management of Swedish aid. This Communication addresses the principles and values that are to guide Swedish aid."

References to research in the Aid Policy Platform include:

p. 24: (…)The majority of poor countries also have insufficient resources to meet the need for self-produced research, to tackle the problems and challenges that the country and its inhabitants face. Building up a domestic analysis and research capacity is part of a long-term sustainable path away from aid dependency. Research must therefore be seen as an integrated part of work to achieve results within all sub-objectives.(…)

p.28: (…) To support research of relevance to the fight against poverty, Swedish aid must also contribute towards research, research collaboration and research networks at regional and international level, in which Swedish universities and researchers are also able to participate, and towards research results being made available to researchers and decision-makers in partner countries. (…)


Sweden started research cooperation with developing countries in 1975 through an independent agency called SAREC. In 1995, following a major reform of Swedish development cooperation, SAREC was integrated into the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. In 2008, SAREC was reorganised into the Secretariat for Research Cooperation and since 2010 the Unit for Research Cooperation has the main responsibility for research related contributions. The overriding aim of Swedish research cooperation has remained the same since its inception; to strengthen and develop scientific research of relevance for development.


Contact Sida's unit for research cooperation:

Switchboard: +46 (0)8-698 50 00
Email format: firstname.lastname@sida.se

Head of Unit: Hannah Akuffo

To read more about our mission and assignment, please click here. You can also read more about what we support and the results of our research support.

 
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