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Published: Mon, 26 May 2014 13:53:36 GMT   Updated: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:52:36 GMT
In order to deliver valuable results and increase transparency in the development cooperation Sida and other actors carry out a range of evaluations and assessment of Sida support and programmes. Below follows a list of evaluations relevant to the work performed by the Unit for Research Cooperation and its partners.

Environmental Economics Program Evaluation

Authors: Professor Peter Clinch, Professor Frank Convery, Dr Andrew Kelly, Breanna Larsen

An Evaluation of the Sida-funded Capacity Building Program (CBP) in Environmental Economics and the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative

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An Evaluation of the Sida-funded Capacity Building
Program (CBP) in Environmental Economics and
the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative

Click here to access the apendices to the report

Innovation for growth

Authors: Predrag Dragosavac, David Isaksson                                                                    Produced by Sida and Global Reporting, November 2013

Innovation and knowledge are crucial factors for economic development, in high as well as low-income countries. This report aims to map and describe the support to innovation systems and clusters within Sida's research cooperation.

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Evaluation of International Science Programme (ISP), 2011

Written by: GHD, Ties van Kempen (Manager), Allan Pankhurst (Principal Consultant)

This Report is the output of an evaluation of the International Science Programme (ISP). The purpose of the evaluation is to provide Sida, ISP and Uppsala University with input to the upcoming discussions concerning the preparation of the next phase of the programme. Furthermore it is to help Sida obtain a deeper understanding of the programme in order to facilitate its decision-making.

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Sida Review of research cooperation with Tanzania 2009-2013

Authors: Stein-Erik Kruse, Matti Tedre, Teshome Nekatibeb and Aimtonga Amani
Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2014:14                                                                         Commissioned by the Embassy of Sweden in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The overall objective of the Swedish - Tanzanian research cooperation programme is to strengthen the national research capacity and improve the quality of research conducted in Tanzania in areas of national relevance to contribute to poverty reduction and the country's sustainable development. The programme is designed to build up the capacities at the three largest public universities (University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University and Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences) by setting-up post graduate Ph.D. and MA/M.Sc. programmes in relevant fields and to strengthen the institutional capacity for research management and promotion at COSTECH. The Innovation Systems and Cluster Programme was added later.

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Sida Rewiew of INDEPTH

Authors: Samson Kinyanjui, Ian M. Timæus.
Sida Review 2010:11
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Policy, Team for Global and Swedish Research Cooperation.

INDEPTH is a network of 37 health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) sites based in the developing world that was set up by its members to raise their research productivity by sharing experience and skills and mounting multi-site research projects. This vision has proved relevant. INDEPTH has developed into a well-established network over the past decade and made effective progress toward these goals, but needs to continue to promote the conduct of more and better quality research using these HDSS data. This report suggests some changes to INDEPTH's structures and working procedures that should enable it to function more effi ciently. It also identifi es some challenges that the Network should address in order to enhance its achievements and further increase its scientific and policy impact.

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Sida Review of Research Cooperation with Makerere University

Authors: Phyllis Freeman, Eva Johansson, Jerker Thorvaldsson.
Sida Review 2010:10
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Longterm Program Cooperation Team Uganda

Swedish research cooperation with Uganda is aimed at building up sustainable institutional research capacity in order for Uganda to have its own knowledge base to address national problems. To contribute to the establishment of a coherent agenda for research and research training, support has been focused at Makerere University (MU). The evaluation found MU has advanced in research capacity and transformed the research environment on campus using external funding to which Sida has contributed. The achievements are remarkable given major deficits in central administrative functions to support research and research education. Collaboration with Swedish universities have markedly enhanced supervision, publication in the science disciplines, and preparation of a new generation of research mentors for PhD and Master students. Despite the success of the program, a number of issues needs to be resolved for MU to achieve its great potential for further gains in building research capacity, these include; deficits in university administration, financial management, and program governance.

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Sida Evaluation of IVI 2000-2006

Authors: Leif Gothefors, Marita Troye-Blomberg, Lars Åke Persson.
Sida Evaluation 2007:09
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Cooperation

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) has a mission to contribute to the reduction of vaccine preventable diseases in developing countries by research that generates the evidence needed for rational introduction of new vaccines, supported by programs of basic and applied laboratory research, product development, training and technical assistance. IVI was established a decade ago as part of a larger public sector process of change where several organizations are acting in mobilizing resources for procurement and distribution of vaccines in developing countries.

This evaluation was commissioned by Sida. The purpose was to evaluate progress of IVI in relation to its stated mission and to focus the future direction and provide recommendations that could be relevant for IVI and its stakeholders as well as for Sida.

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Tracing Research Capacities in Vietnam: Vietnam - Sweden Bilateral Research Cooperation

Author: Solveig Freudenthal.
Published by: Sida 2009
Department: Sida Secretariat for Research Cooperation

Research cooperation can assist a country in developing a knowledge foundation, including analytical capacity, which is one of the enabling conditions for the alleviation of poverty. Within Sida's research support, the sandwich model suggests that research capacities are strengthened and sustained through training both in Sweden and the partner countries. This report traces research capacities and the use of research developed through sandwich training within the Viet Nam-Sweden research cooperation, that dates back to 1976. Based on the perspectives of Vietnamese researchers, the report assesses the sandwich training and provides recommendations as to how to improve research collaboration.

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Evaluation of Sida's Support to Innovation Systems and Clusters, a Research Cooperation Initiative

Authors: Evaluation team: Amitav Rath, Bitrina Daniel Diyamett, Mario Francisco Bazán Borja, Fernando Prada Mendoza, Francisco Sagasti.Advisory and Quality Assurance: Andrew Barnett and Jacques Gaillard.
Sida Evaluation 2012:5
Jointly commissioned by Sida's Unit for Monitoring and Evaluation and the Unit for Research Cooperation.

This evaluation report provides an overview of ten programs in the areas of Innovation Systems and Cluster initiatives supported by Sida's Unit for Research Cooperation. The evaluation was commissioned with the objective to draw strategic knowledge from the innovation programs supported by Sida. The evaluation assesses the portfolio as a collection of "ways of working" within scientific research cooperation programs. The report highlights that support and investment in Innovation Systems can be excellent means for encouraging the use of research as a tool for development. The report was carried out by an independent evaluation team, and it is presented in two volumes; a Main Report, which focuses on the portfolio in general, and a Collection of Individual Cases, which contains more detailed information.

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Review of Sida's Research Cooperation - Synthesis Report

Author: Krister Eduards.
Sida Evaluation 2006:57
Commissioned by Sida, Secretariat for Evaluation and Internal Audit

Sweden has provided support for research in developing countries and research cooperation with developing countries since 1975. Research cooperation has developed from projects involving a national research council and individual researchers to more institutional support aimed at building up sustainable research capacity. Research support is administered by Sida's Department for Research Cooperation, SAREC, and forms approximately 6% of Sida's allocations for development cooperation. This report is the fi nal product of a review of the Sida's research cooperation. Six studies have been implemented focused on three operational components; bilateral university cooperation, support to international and regional organisations and networks and support to Swedish research on developing countries. SAREC's organization has also been reviewed. The studies were implemented using limited timeframes; consequently they are not standard evaluations. Issues covered include the relevance of research cooperation to overall development goals. Should the utilisation of research results be further promoted? Can SAREC work more with the dissemination of research results? The review also discusses the fi nancing of Swedish development research and the roles and responsibilities of SAREC and other research fi nanciers. In addition, issues concerning research cooperation in Sida's portfolio, coordination between research projects and Sida's other activities, plus the role of research cooperation in cooperation strategies are taken up.

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Evaluation of 30 Years of Research Cooperation between Sweden and Nicaragua

Authors: Kimberly Inksater et. al.
Published by: Sida, 2011
Department: Global

The Evaluation covers the research cooperation between Sweden and Nicaragua during the period 1981 to 2011. It provides a historical background including the methodological development of the cooperation itself as well as policy changes and different funding modalities. It comments on challenges, strengths and weaknesses internal to the institutions themselves and to external conditions influencing the cooperation. The evaluation focuses on research capacity building at six public institutions In Nicaragua and the results (output, outcome and impact) with respect to 1) research capacity and production of scientific results, 2) institutional capacity - (infrastructure, management) and 3) the impact of building institutional research capacity in Nicaraguan society,. The evaluation also reviews the efforts to ensure sustainability of human and financial resources.

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Establishing a Research University in Honduras

Author: Erik W. Thulstrup.
Published by: Sida, 2011
Department: Global

Sida support to UNAH in Honduras started in 2005 and ended in 2011. The support was an effort to respond to the government's and civil society's proposal to strengthen the national research capacity. The support was given in order to contribute in solving the most pressing issues concerning the areas of health and technology. The overall goal of the Swedish research cooperation with Honduras has been to assist the country in its efforts to reform the higher education and research sector to attain human development. This evaluations purpose is to analyze and assess the results and sustainability ofresults of the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency Research Cooperation support to Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH during the period 2005-2010. Sida does not necessarily share the views expressed in this booklet. Responsibility for its content rest entirely with the author.

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Assessment of Sida Support to MST in Mozambique

Authors: Sten-Åke Elming and Kenneth Abrahamsson.

Foreword by evaluators:

Our task has been to make an in-depth assessment of Sida support to Ministry of Science and Technology, MCT within the Research Cooperation with Mozambique, with the purpose of evaluating the relevance for a future support from Sida and to give recommendations for improvements. Special attention has been paid to the role of National research Council, FNI, its objective, institutional setting and operations and dissemination of results. We have also looked at the role of the Regional Centres for Science and Technology (CRCTs), and tools of promoting science, technology and innovation governed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, MCT.

The assessment has taken place during March and April, 2010 and in close collaboration with MTC/FNI, the Swedish Embassy and Sida. We would like to express our gratitude and satisfaction with the support we have received from MCT and FNI in organising a very tight programme and also provide a good mix of activities from local visits in the agricultural sector and research environments to the FNI-setting as well as introductory meeting and follow up at the Ministry of Science and Technology, MTC.

Our overall assessment is that FNI, considering contextual and infrastructural factors, well lives up to what can be expected from a very young national research funding organization, both in terms of research administration and management of funds and since the start it has made substantial progress in the development of its institutional context and good practices in operations. It is, however, still an obvious need to continue to work with the development of an optimal model for STI-support and management of FNI in Mozambique. Thus, our assessment also comprises recommendations for future development of FNI.

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External Evaluation of the International Foundation for Science (IFS)

Authors: Rosa Muraguri-Mwololo, Roland Schertenleib, Arne Svensson.
2010-01-14 Final report
Professional Management

Since the 1970s the International Foundation for Science (IFS) supports young scientists in developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Support includes research grants and capacity enhancing activities such as feedback on research proposals, scientific counselling, hands-on training in thematic workshops, research skills courses, mentorship, training visits to advanced laboratories, training courses in service and maintenance of equipment as well as assistance in purchasing scientific equipment and supplies.

In 2008 the IFS Board of Trustees (BOT) and the IFS Donors Group (DG) decided that it be timely to initiate an external evaluation in 2009 with the purpose of improving both in the understanding and analysis of reality and issues and in future actions.

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Evaluation of Sida supported ICT Project at Makerere University

Authors: Alan Greenberg, Gerrit Versluis.
Sida Evaluation 2005:17
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Co-operation

Throughout the evaluation process, all participants (and particularly those from government ministries and agencies) were fully aware of the projects, and extremely grateful to Sida for the instrumental part that it has played in supporting the redevelopment of Makerere.

By all standards, the changes at Makerere University related to its use of ICT have been phenomenal. Although far from flawless, the various projects have been implemented in a timely manner, and have been accompanied by the pre-requisite organizational changes. Physical implementations (installation of networks, servers, computers) have been well done, while the efforts requited for personnel intensive tasks (major software integration, data conversion) were initially underestimated. The social engineering changes needed to get all staff and students to effectively use this new technology are more difficult. However, significant headway has been made and senior administration seems to appreciate that the job is far from complete.

Makerere University has set its target at integrating ICT into all of its functions on a comparable level to similar institutions in the west. This is an admirable and reasonable long-term goal. However, such a target requires a very robust human and technical infrastructure. There is a danger that in trying to do this too fast, quality and sustainability may be sacrificed. Keeping this potential pitfall in focus, Makerere can achieve its long-term goal and be the example.

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The Swedish Research Cooperation with Ethiopia

Authors: Johan Mouton, Torbjörn Fagerström, Adriaan Louw, F. F. Tusubira, Jimmy Volmink.
Sida Evaluation 2007:36
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Cooperation

This report is part of Sida Evaluations, a series comprising evaluations of Swedish development assistance. Sida's other series concerned with evaluations, Sida Studies in Evaluation, concerns methodologically oriented studies commissioned by Sida. Both series are administered by the Department for Evaluation and Internal Audit, an independent department reporting directly to Sida's Board of Directors.

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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.
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.
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.
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.