Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:24:08 GMT
Updated: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:12:10 GMT
The research cooperation at Sida has a wide mandate in research support, encompassing bilateral research, regional cooperation, global programmes and research in Sweden. The aim is to create new knowledge and strengthen research capacity through the various programmes and projects.
The research cooperation is guided by the Strategy for research
cooperation 2015-2021 (Swedish
only) from the Swedish government. The overall objective
of Sida's support to research cooperation partners is "to
strengthen and develop research of relevance to the fight against
poverty in developing countries".
Low income countries have weak national research communities and
therefore have fewer opportunities to identify, adapt to and make
use of new knowledge. Investments for building proper research
foundations, including skills in research management in the basic
natural and social sciences remain problematic. This is not only
due to the lack of resources, but also because the use of funding
for higher education and research is inefficient. Therefore,
low-income countries need strategic investments in higher
education, research and innovation to break the vicious circle of
Research support can be instrumental in breaking this cycle.
Through a system of support for PhD and master programmes in
developing countries, combined with core support to universities
and research institutes, research capacity is built up on the
national and regional level. Rather than giving grants to
researchers to study at PhD programmes abroad, this model allows
for development of viable national research institutions. Students
who complete their PhDs at home move on to become lecturers and
professors, and improved management and facilities improve the
quality of research. By "teaching the teacher" research support
allows national and regional research institutions to grow in a
sustainable manner. It also has the potential to create a "critical
mass" of highly educated individuals who can use their skills for
the benefit of their communities.
Research of relevance to low-income countries is another
priority of the Strategy for Research, aiming at the increased
production by the research community of research of relevance in
the fight against poverty in developing countries.
In the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness 2005, enhanced by
the Accra Agenda for Action in 2008, and in Busan in 2011, Sweden
and other countries agreed to make development cooperation more
effective with increased consideration for partner countries'
priorities, systems and procedures. Accordingly, Swedish research
cooperation aspires to align with national plans and structures for
research, and to coordinate research support in collaboration with
other donors. In line with this, Sida will direct resources to
national and university/institutional capacity in partner countries
for the negotiation of conditions for support from Sida as well as
from other funders and development agencies.
The Paris Declaration has furthermore accelerated efforts among
partner countries and donors to work together to improve management
for results. A focus on results is important for ownership,
credibility, accountability to internal and external actors,
internal learning by all parties involved in a programme and for
use as information for decision makers. On request from the Swedish
Government, Sida has developed a strategy for increased results
orientation within research cooperation. This states that, as a
donor organisation, Sida must be clear about the results that its
contributions are intended to achieve. Intended results should be
unambiguously formulated in agreements, and continuously reviewed
in dialogue with partners. The cooperation partner and Sida should
know if intended results are actually achieved, and reporting on
results should be clearly described and transparent.
The overall objective of Sida's support to national research
systems is that partner countries should be able to independently
identify research problems of relevance for development, prioritise
areas for research, carry out research and secure the necessary
financial resources and human capacity to enable the research
system to deliver. Sida currently has bilateral cooperation with
Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda.
Through regional assistance Sida aims at creating new
knowledge and building research capacity in regions where
particular areas of research are often overlooked or where certain
forms of research capacity are lacking in strength due to various
factors. The idea is that through pooling researchers, decision
makers and networks together, sustainable research communities can
be created and regional cooperation can generate valuable research
results, constructive dialogues and sound policies. Sida has
regional research cooperation in Africa and Asia.
Sida contributes to global development through its support to
global organisations. These organisations operate on many different
levels and cooperate with a whole range of different actors. Thus,
support is directed to a multifaceted research system which
contributes to knowledge-driven development on various research
themes and in several places around the globe.
Swedish research cooperation
Swedish research is a cornerstone of the Swedish development
research support system. Swedish development oriented research
improves research links between Sweden and developing countries, it
generates dynamic research network, creates valuable research
results, and provides Sida and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
with important information in the fight against poverty.
An overview of the support to research is also available on www.openaid.se