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Bilateral Research Cooperation
Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:24:33 GMT   Updated: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:34:33 GMT
The Swedish government has decided which countries Sida should cooperate with on a long-term basis. In Research Cooperation, Sida works with Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Sida has phased out cooperation with Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam and Honduras.

Assistance is offered to institutions (universities, research institutes, research centres, research councils, ministries etc) that aim to develop systems for research within the national framework. In order to apply for support, the individual institution must receive an invitation from Sida to submit a proposal for support to develop institutional research capacity. The invitation letter provides information on the agreement period, budget framework and deadline for submission of proposal. Funds may be granted for:

i) research policies and strategies,

ii) research management and research infrastructure,

iii) research projects and research training (although not for scholarships to individuals).

Research cooperation countries


Since 2000 Swedish support has been provided to strengthen research capacity and research management at Bolivia's two largest universities; Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) and Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) and the Bolivian Vice Ministry for Science and Technology.The aim is to i) enhance the quality of education and research, ii) strengthen the skills in research management and research funds iii) create an innovations platform, iv) building up the ICT network, v) improve library information systems, vi) strengthen institutional capacity at university and faculty level through PhD training of staff, and vii) build up analytical capacity in the following areas:

  • Health Science: i) infectious diseases, ii) parasitic diseases, iii) diabetes, iv) enviromental toxicology, v) epidemiology, and vi) diarrheal diseases. Focus remains on problems mostly affecting poor people in certain geographical areas and indigenous communities.
  • Natural Science: i) agricultural sciences and agroindustry, ii) water, soil and non renewable natural resources, iii) biodiversity and renewable natural resources, iv) sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection (natural product chemistry, biotechnology, food technology and hydrology, and water resources).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: enviromental economy. Focus remains on topics with an indigenous approach.

A new phase of the research cooperation continuing the support through 2017 has now been initiated.

Strategy (in Swedish): Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Bolivia


Sida's bilateral research cooperation with Ethiopia is aimed towards the two universities that the Ethiopian government has identified to take responsibility for research training: Addis Ababa University (AAU) and Haramaya University (HU). Support has also targeted Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). The purpose of Sida's support has been to strengthen capacity at national, university and research institution level in order to improve the country's ownership and quality of research and research management systems. At university and faculty level, Sida has aimed at building capacity by focusing on PhD training of staff and a sandwich basis collaboration with Swedish universities. In conjunction with the focus on capacity strengthening, support has also been granted to the following research areas:

  • Health Science: medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, biomedicine, leprosy, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and Malaria.
  • Natural Sciences: science, informatics, technology and agriculture.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: social sciences, language, social work, education, business and economics and law.
  • Multidisciplinary Research: science, technology, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, medicine, informatics and development studies.

Addis Ababa University (AAU)
AAU has received a block grant (144 MSEK for 2009-2014) and decides independently which areas are to be given support. Extensive reforms in administration, financial and procurement management and human resources are undertaken in order to strengthen the university´s capacity to manage support, research and research collaboration. At present, 2012, the number of graduate programs has risen to 225, graduate student population has reached above 11 000 (out of which 19% are female students) with 1158 students pursuing their PhD studies. AAU graduate library has been strengthened, and an automatized integrated budget and finance system is fully functional.

Haramaya University (HU)
Support is given (16 MSEK for 2010-2014) for a smaller number MSc- and PhD-programs mainly in agriculture.

Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)
AHRI receives a core support (MSEK 18 for 2009-14) to develop and sustain as a centre of excellence in biomedical research and capacity building in Ethiopia and the region. Major projects completed under 2009-11 include projects on anti-tuberculosis-drugs, bovine tuberculosis, HIV incidence as well as capacity building for GCP (Good Clinical Practice) in East Africa.

Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Etiopien


Sida's research cooperation with Mozambique is mainly focused at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM). The overall objective to the long-term support to UEM is to create a national research system, strengthen research capacity, enhance knowledge production and improve technological innovation. Support has also been granted to the following research areas:

  • Health Science: medicine (7 PhD).
  • Natural Science: engineering (17 PhD and 19 MSc), science (6 PhD and 17 MSc), veterinary research (4 PhD and 2 MSc) and agriculture (5 PhD).
  • Social Science and Humanities: arts and social sciences (11 PhD and 11 MSc), education (5 PhD), and gender and sexual health (1PhD).

Since 2006 the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) in Mozambique also receives support. The aim is to strengthen and support MCT in order for it to enhance capacity and become a crucial actor in the system development, institutional development, management of research funds development, supervision of the national research system and creation of innovation clusters.

Agreement period: 2006 - 2011. Agreed amount: 207 140 771 SEK.

Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Mocambique


The programme objective in Rwanda is to enhance the research capacity at the National University of Rwanda in the following research areas:

  • Health Science: medicine.
  • Natural Science: environment (5 PhD), ICT, applied mathematics.
  • Social Science and Humanities: peace and conflict research (6 PhD), education (4 PhD).

The research cooperation also aims at strengthening the institutional capacity for research management and the university. This is done through improved library services, improved research commission, strengthened ICT infrastructure, administration and finance reform and improved programme coordination.

Agreement period: 2007 - 2011. Agreed amount: 125 600 000 SEK.

Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Rwanda


Sida's research cooperation with Tanzania aims to enhance research capacity and to strengthen the institutional capacity for research management and promotion at the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). Support has also been aimed towards the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). Since 2007 support has also targeted the two new universities branched off from UDSM; ARDHI University (ARU) and Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

The research cooperation with Tanzania aims at enhance the research capacity in the following research areas:

  • Health Sciences (MUHAS): HIV/AIDS, malaria research, reproductive health and project on violence against women. The health projects strive to look for structural determinants of health, including poverty.
  • Natural Sciences (ARU and UDSM): material science, geosciences, molecular biology and biotechnology, natural pesticidial agents, renewable energy, coastal and marine resources, engineering, ICT, mining and mineral processing, agriculture and food processing, commerce and entrepreneurship, management, urbanism, urban planning and infrastructure development.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (ARU and UDSM): gender studies, and culture and humanities.

Tanzanian Council for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
Bilateral research cooperation with COSTECH aims at strengthening institutional capacities, management, innovation and commercialisation of research knowledge including establishment of Science and Technology information management system and documentation.

Agreement period: 2009 - 2014. Agreed amount: 23 000 000 SEK.

University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
Sida's bilateral research cooperation with UDSM aims at develop institutional research capacity in an effort to that strengthen the university system and higher education within the framework of national policies and plans. The cooperation includes support to 13 different research programmes covering areas such as marine science, renewable energy, rural and urban infrastructure, access to electronic information, and business administration.

Agreement period: 2009 - 2014. Agreed amount: 138 310 000 SEK.

ARDHI University (ARU)
The broad objective of the research cooperation with ARU is to promote research and research training and to develop institutional capacity in an effort to strengthen the university system and higher education within the framework of national policies and plans. The specific research objectives are to i) strengthen research capacity and disseminate research outputs in land, housing and environment taking into account pertinent problems facing local communities in Tanzania, and to ii) build capacity in key resource support centres as foci for engagements in research and dissemination.

Agreement period: 2009 - 2014. Agreed amount 12 800 000 SEK.

Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Bilateral research cooperation with MUHAS aims at develop institutional research capacity in an effort to strengthen the university system and higher education within the framework of national policies and plans. Special effort is put on post-graduated training for the purpose of the institutional research capacity building targeting the bridging gap between actual and necessary teaching staff to operate university research activities.

Agreement period: 2009 - 2014. Agreed amount: 61 542 500 SEK.

Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Tanzania


The Swedish research cooperation with Uganda was initiated in 2000. The focus has been institutional support aimed at building up sustainable institutional research capacity in Uganda. To enable Uganda to have its own knowledge base to address national problems, the support has been focused at Makerere University (MU),the largest public university. Support has been granted to the following research areas:

  • Health Science: Malaria, HIV/Aids, reducing maternal mortality, gender based violence, sexually transmitted infections, infant and child mortality, improve access to family planning services and improve access to drugs and improve skills for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Natural Sciences: ecological resource management (food security and value addition), biotechnology and ecosystem health, material sciences, urbanization, ICT, GIS, water resources, renewable energy, innovation systems and innovation cluster, and environment and climate change.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: good governance, conflict, new government policies and programmes, gender equity, democracy, health care reforms, equity and rights, media and communication in support of democracy and sustainable livelihoods and environmental journalism.

    Agreement period: 2010 - 2014. Agreed amount: 180 000 000 SEK.

Makerere University Research Capacity Building Programme

Samarbetsstrategi för utvecklingssamarbetet med Uganda

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