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Reporting and Results
Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:25:21 GMT   Updated: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:06:27 GMT
According to the Strategy for Sida's support to research cooperation 2010-2014, Sida will report annually to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The report will include detailed accounts of funding for research cooperation over the past year. This account is to include a list of aid disbursements, divided according to area of activity and partner country and also divided by theme. Sida is to describe how research and research expertise is used, and assess trends over time. The report is also to contain a description of available results, such as an account of how research cooperation has affected the development of institutions etc. In addition, Sida is to describe how it has used research in its implementation of cooperation and regional strategies.

In 2012 and 2014, annual reports are also to include an evaluation of progress towards the objectives set out in the strategy. This evaluation is to comprise both qualitative assessments and quantitative measures. Each objective is to be monitored and evaluated as follows (additional indicators or assessments may be developed).

Sida will report on to the following area objectives:

  • Partner countries and regional research actors are better able to plan, produce and use research in the fight against poverty.

    This objective refers to the institutional development on national and regional levels in partner countries and regions, as well as improved research management at the universities. Important indicators are the number of local research training courses, the number of PhDs and postdoctoral mobility among researchers.
  • Increased production by the research community of research of relevance in the fight against poverty in developing countries

    Focus is on new knowledge relevant for low income countries, which is quality assured according to current academic principals. Sida should outline relevant research results from various cooperation organizations/institutions.
  • Increased production of Swedish research of relevance in the fight against poverty in developing countries.

    Sida should assess the quality, size and focus of the Swedish resource base, and analysis of thematic movements and trends. In addition, Sida should give an account of steps taken to promote cooperation between Swedish researchers and researchers in developing countries and outcomes of such efforts.   Besides, Sida should assess the scale, scope and direction of cooperation between Swedish researchers and the various development cooperation actors, such as Sida and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Results

Results achieved through Sida's research cooperation are here presented according to four categories: new knowledge, capacity building, normative institutions and Swedish resource base.

Funds targeting training and education of university staff, PhD students, MA students, post-doctoral projects or other research and training activities are examples of support that aim to generate new knowledge through research cooperation programmes.

Capacity building results refer to those achievements that assist in strengthening an institution's (university, research institute, research centre, research council, ministry etc) capability in creating, developing and maintaining research systems and structures. Such results may involve improved library information systems, increased access to international journals and publications and strengthened administrative ability.

The results achieved through assistance of normative intuitions are often of advisory character. The aim is to support research in traditionally under-theorised areas and create new knowledge which materialises into improved policies and decisions.

Examples of results within the Swedish resource base are publications of jointly written journals, organising of seminars and training of PhD students and post doctoral students. The objective is to strengthen research ties between researchers in Sweden and developing countries. Such ties increase the exchange of information, enable modern and innovative forms of research and make possible the creation of new knowledge in a range of areas which are of relevance to the reduction of poverty.

More information on Sweden's aid is available on www.openaid.se

 
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