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Published: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:47:40 GMT   Updated: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:40:37 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.

Innovation for growth
Evaluation summary: Support to Innovation Systems and Clusters within Sida's Research Cooperation

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

External Evaluation of the International Foundation for Science (IFS)
Authors: Rosa Muraguri-Mwololo, Roland Schertenleib, Arne Svensson.
2010-01-14 Final report
Professional Management

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.

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

Collaboration with Uganda
Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening are now being evaluated. Invitation to submit full proposals will be sent out to successful applicants on May 19th 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available online now.
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!
Call open – Seed funding from ISSC
ISSC with support from Sida’s unit for research cooperation is now announcing a call for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each. The call aims 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. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2014.
32 Million SEK for sustainable development research
Seven research projects focusing on sustainable development in low income countries have received funds from a joint call between Sida and Formas. The projects are funded 2014-2017.
Result of the Day!
Plenty of results are produced within the research cooperation and as we are counting down towards the end of 2013 Sida is presenting one result here every day during December, up until the holidays.
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.
Results from CGIAR research
Thanks to research performed by Sida supported CGIAR, over 15 million farmers and others have applied new technologies such as newly developed crop varieties or new management practices on a range of farming systems. As a result of this work over 10 million hectares of land are now under improved technologies or management practices.
Research Training Partnership Programme - complementary call Bolivia
Those invited to submit a full proposal for Sida's “Research Training Partnership Programme as an integral part of Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening” have now been contacted. The program as a whole focuses on collaboration between Sida target country universities in Bolivia and Swedish universities.
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.
Think Tank Rankings 2012
Several Sida supported Think Tanks are listed in the 2012 “Think Tank Index” from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at University of Pennsylvania.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links: The call for proposals 2013 is now closed.
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First TASENE awardees announced
The unique collaborative research programme TASENE has awarded four projects for Tanzanian, Dutch and Swedish post docs with the goal to learn from each other’s approaches to research management and funding.
Sida's Research Cooperation
has a wide mandate in research support, encompassing bilateral research, regional cooperation, global programmes and higher education in Sweden. The aim is to create new knowledge and strengthen research capacity through the various programmes and projects.