Exterior of the Sida headquarters at Valhallavagen in Stockholm. 2009-07-02
Photo: Helena Landstedt
About Sida's Research Cooperation
Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 05:26:59 GMT   Updated: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:26:21 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 "Strategy for research cooperation and research in development cooperation 2015-2021" and Sida reports to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The strategy outlines three focus areas for Sida and one area for the Swedish Research Council.  

"Activities in the context of the strategy are intended to contribute to strengthened research of high quality and of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development, with a primary focus on low-income countries and regions. This is achieved through contributions that strengthen these countries' capacity to undertake high-quality research training and to conduct, communicate and utilise high-quality research in the fight against poverty and for economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development.

The activities also include contributions at global, regional and national level that specifically aim to promote high-quality research in areas of particular relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development in low-income countries, and contributions that promote research that, through innovation, can contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development. The activities also include support to high-quality research in Sweden that is of relevance to development.

Through synergistic and mutually supportive initiatives in the areas outlined above, Sweden will contribute to strengthening research capacity and research-based knowledge to tackle poverty-related problems and challenges, primarily in low-income countries.

The Government considers that support to research within the framework of the strategy, in all disciplines, should be guided to a greater extent by an environmental and climate perspective, in order to contribute to equitable and sustainable global development. The Government also considers that research cooperation and support to research should be based on, and implemented in accordance with, a clear gender equality perspective, as part of a consistent application of a rights-based perspective."

Partners include international organisations, research councils and universities around the world.

The full strategy can be found here:

Strategy for Research Cooperation 2015-2021 (available in Swedish and English)

Sida's activities are expected to contribute to results within three areas:

1) Strengthened research of high quality and of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development

2) Focusing on global, regional and national research of relevance to low-income countries and regions

3) Focusing on the promotion of research that, through innovation, can contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) is expected to contribute to the following result:

4) Focusing on Swedish research of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development in low-income countries



Contact Sida's unit for research cooperation:

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

Head of Unit: AnnaMaria Oltorp

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