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Support to Regional Organisations
Published: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:29:31 GMT   Updated: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:43:13 GMT
Sida's research cooperation with regional organisations aims at creating a network of researcher within the region and providing Swedish researchers with access and connections to research systems in regions where countries have similar history, economic situation or health or climate change challenges.

 

Sorted by Research Area
Research Policy and Research Management

Association of African Universities (AAU)
Sida's overall aim is to support AAU to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa's development through supporting networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.

Agreement period: 2013/12-2018/07. Agreed amount: 8 500 000 SEK.

Environment and Natural Resources

BecA-ILRI Hub

The BecA-ILRI Hub (Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute) in Nairobi, Kenya, has since its inception in 2010 been conducting research focused on key constraints in African agriculture.

With affordable world-class research facilities, the BecA-ILRI Hub serves as a common bioscience platform in Africa, providing research opportunities, building capacity, and strengthening human resources. 65 African research fellows from 15 countries join a core staff of 44, and another 58 affiliated scientists and technical staff, in providing research services to 29 institutions in Africa and around the world.

The hub currently receives funding from both the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida.

The BecA-Sida partnership involves a research program with the goal to contribute to food and feed security and poverty reduction in East Africa - a region seriously vulnerable to the effects of climate change because a very high reliance on crops and livestock, as well as limited financial and technical capacity. The program intends to reintroduce climate-smart Brachiaria grasses, selected and improved in Latin America, while also containing complementing elements of capacity building in improved tropical forage technology, natural resource management and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The socio-economic impacts of Brachiaria grasses that can adapt to drought and reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be immense in terms of increased feed resources in East Africa initially and subsequently to other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Other socio-economic impacts include more efficient use of purchased inputs, increased integration of crop-livestock systems, and mitigation of the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gas. The effects will be strongly felt throughout the tropics where Brachiaria pastures are the main feed resource for livestock production.

The proposed programmatic approach on climate change is anticipated to be a key component for the Hub's growth, which is consistent with its business plan. Specifically, this approach allows the Hub to engage in a relatively long-term commitment with relevant south - south and north - south partners on key issues related agricultural productivity with a major focus on food security and opportunities for income generation.

Agreement period: 2012-2015. Agreed amount: 40 000 000 SEK

Bio-Innovate
The programme targets bioscience and product oriented innovation activities in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). It builds on previous investments, achievements and experiences from the BIO-EARN Program and other regional initiatives. Bio-Innovate will focus on delivering new products through bioscience innovation systems involving a broad sector of actors, including scientists, policy makers, the private sector, NGOs and other practitioners. The Bio-Innovate niche is characterized by a focus on the applications of bio-resource innovations, to support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental sub-sectors, from primary production to value addition, while enhancing adaptability to climatic change and strengthening innovation policy. The program has four thematic areas (1.crop production, adaptability and 2.diversification; environmental protection and management; 3.technology incubation; and 4. biosciences policy analysis), all of which are closely connected to and build on AU/NEPAD Consolidated Plan of Action for Africa's Science and Technology.

Agreement period: 201001 - 201506. Agreed amount: 20 000 000 SEK.
Agreement period: 201001 - 201506. Agreed amount: 70 000 000 SEK.
Agreement period: 200601 - 201105. Agreed amount: 77 000 000 SEK.

EU Water Initiative Research Area Network (SPLASH)

SPLASH is the European Union Water Initiative Research Area Network (EUWI ERA-NET) setup to coordinate European water research for poverty reduction. The organisation aims at promoting coordinated and effective research and research capacity building for development in the water sector and funds research projects in, for example, safe water supplies and improved sanitation in sub Saharan Africa. SPLASH is a consortium of ministries, funding agencies and national research and technological development authorities from 11 European countries.

Agreement period: 201101-201312. Agreed amount: 4 000 000 SEK.

Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes)
Sida supports VicRes in its mission to become a leading regional research council in East Africa, with a competitive grant giving mechanism and peer-reviewing of project proposals by a scientific committee involving experts from within as well as outside the East African Community (EAC). Focus remains on support to research projects of high scientific quality with a multi-country and regional approach within two major areas: natural resources governance and fisheries/aquaculture. VicRes also works to support and strengthen the capacity of the Inter University Council For East Africa to coordinate research within the EAC.

Agreement period: 200901 - 201406. Agreed amount: 102 100 000 SEK.

Western Indian Ocean Marina Science Association (WIOMSA)
Sida supports WIOMSA in its mission to further position itself as the leading research council in marine and coastal science, including adaptation and climate change, in the Western Indian Ocean region. WIOMSA works to establish an outreach and resource mobilisation unit for scientific services and consultancy functions as well as to create links with the private sector, governments and donors.

Agreement period: 201207 - 201706. Agreed amount: 88 520 000 SEK                         Agreement period: 200704 - 201112. Agreed amount: 60 850 000 SEK                           Agreement period: 200704 - 201112. Agreed amount: 13 600 000 SEK

Strengthening Africa's Strategic Agricultural Capacity for impact on Development (SASACID)

The overall programme objective is to raise the quality and relevance of agricultural education at the tertiary level to encompass the crosscutting issues that are pertinent to attaining sustainable and profitable agriculture and develop new cadres of professionals capable of assuming key roles in national, regional and international agricultural science, extension, business and policy.

Agreement period: 201112 - 201506. Agreed amount: 26 000 000 SEK

SEI - Sustainable Mekong Research Network

The purpose is to support the research network in the Mekong region that focuses on sustainable development (urbanization, energy, ecosystem services, flows of goods, services and people across borders). The aim is to create new knowledge and to reach out to the decision makers. Stockholm Environment Institute coordinates the network.

Agreement period: 201312 - 201712 Agreed amount: 20 000 000

Livestock-based small-scale farming systems

A science and research network focusing on small scale animal production in the Mekong region. The support given to the organization is aimed to strengthen the research being done and enable PhD as well as MSc progammes and networking.

Agreement period: 201312 - 201806 Agreed amount: 30 000 000

 

Research for Health

NeTropica
The main objective of the NeTropica programme is to award grants to regional research cooperation projects with the purpose to perform research within the area of biomedical tropical diseases and to strenghten research capacity building within Latin America. Additional objectives are to fund postdoctoral positions, PhD and MSc fellowships, travel grants, workshops, scientific meetings and short visits to high quality labs.

Agreement period: 200701 - 201306. Agreed amount: 12 000 000 SEK.

Social Sciences

African Economics Research Consortia (AERC)

AERC's fundamental goal is to strengthen local capacity for independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of African economies, through a synergetic programme combining economic research with postgraduate training in economics.  The Consortium's mandate is threefold: To enhance the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry, to promote the retention of such capacity, and to encourage its application in the policy context.

Current agreement period: 201404-201610. Agreed amount 18 000 000 SEK.

Previous agreement period: 201001 - 201406. Agreed amount: 53 595 000 SEK.

Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS)
ACSS is working towards strengthening the capacity, quality, range, reach and influence of the social sciences in the Arab region. As a research council it provides research grants and supports networks, quality assurance and policy oriented work. It will also be a support to the Sida LINKS MENA programme.

Agreement period: 201001 - 201406. Agreed amount: 4 500 000 SEK

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Sida supports the organisation in developing the social sciences in Africa by mobilising the African social science community to undertake fundamental and policy-oriented research from a perspective which is relevant to the demands of the African people.

Agreement period: 201301 - 201607. Agreed amount: 49 000 000 SEK.

Organisation of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

Sida works to support the organisation to develop the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa by mobilising the social science community in the region to undertake fundamental and policy oriented research from a perspective which is relevant to the demands of the African people.

Agreement period: 2010-2013. Agreed amount: 21 000 000

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
SANDEE is a network using economic tools and analyses to address South Asia's environmental challenges. It brings together researchers and institutes interested in the inter-connections among development, poverty and the environment. Its main goal is to build the professional skills required to enable the region to address local and global environmental concerns.

Agreement period: 201207 - 201606. Agreed amount: 10 300 000

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Science & Tech indicators program

NEPAD is responsible for planning and coordinating the Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (ASTII) initiative. The objective of the support is to build capacity in African countries for the collection, analysis and utilisation of knowledge on science and technology.

Agreement period: 2014 - 2017.  Agreed amount: 24 000 000

Environmental Economics Program in South East Asia (EEPSEA)

The aim of the support is to strengthen capacity in the area of poverty, economic development and environmental change by encouraging researchers in Southeast Asia to undertake policy relevant research, support the growth of rigorous policy-relevant literature, support teaching/research institutions and by facilitate dialogue among economist and others on environmental issues.

Agreement period: 201211 - 201610.  Agreed amount: 16 000 000

 

Sorted by Function
New Knowledge

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Regional research cooperation with AIT aims to create new knowledge for sustainable development in Asia and build capacity of academically weak countries. The organisation promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach.

Association of African Universities (AAU)
Sida's overall aim is to support AAU to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa's development through supporting networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.

Agreement period: 200708 - 201106. Agreed amount: 8 500 000 SEK.

BecA-ILRI Hub
The BecA-ILRI Hub (Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute) in Nairobi, Kenya, has since its inception in 2010 been conducting research focused on key constraints in African agriculture.

With affordable world-class research facilities, the BecA-ILRI Hub serves as a common bioscience platform in Africa, providing research opportunities, building capacity, and strengthening human resources. 65 African research fellows from 15 countries join a core staff of 44, and another 58 affiliated scientists and technical staff, in providing research services to 29 institutions in Africa and around the world.

The hub currently receives funding from both the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida.

The BecA-Sida partnership involves a research program with the goal to contribute to food and feed security and poverty reduction in East Africa - a region seriously vulnerable to the effects of climate change because a very high reliance on crops and livestock, as well as limited financial and technical capacity. The program intends to reintroduce climate-smart Brachiaria grasses, selected and improved in Latin America, while also containing complementing elements of capacity building in improved tropical forage technology, natural resource management and adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The socio-economic impacts of Brachiaria grasses that can adapt to drought and reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be immense in terms of increased feed resources in East Africa initially and subsequently to other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Other socio-economic impacts include more efficient use of purchased inputs, increased integration of crop-livestock systems, and mitigation of the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gas. The effects will be strongly felt throughout the tropics where Brachiaria pastures are the main feed resource for livestock production.

The proposed programmatic approach on climate change is anticipated to be a key component for the Hub's growth, which is consistent with its business plan. Specifically, this approach allows the Hub to engage in a relatively long-term commitment with relevant south - south and north - south partners on key issues related agricultural productivity with a major focus on food security and opportunities for income generation.

Agreement period: 2012-2015. Agreed amount: 40 000 000 SEK

Bio-Innovate
The programme targets bioscience and product oriented innovation activities in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda). It builds on previous investments, achievements and experiences from the BIO-EARN Program and other regional initiatives. Bio-Innovate will focus on delivering new products through bioscience innovation systems involving a broad sector of actors, including scientists, policy makers, the private sector, NGOs and other practitioners. The Bio-Innovate niche is characterized by a focus on the applications of bio-resource innovations, to support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental sub-sectors, from primary production to value addition, while enhancing adaptability to climatic change and strengthening innovation policy. The program has four thematic areas (1.crop production, adaptability and 2.diversification; environmental protection and management; 3.technology incubation; and 4. biosciences policy analysis), all of which are closely connected to and build on AU/NEPAD Consolidated Plan of Action for Africa's Science and Technology.

Agreement period: 201001 - 201506. Agreed amount: 20 000 000 SEK.
Agreement period: 201001 - 201506. Agreed amount: 70 000 000 SEK.
Agreement period: 200601 - 201105. Agreed amount: 77 000 000 SEK.

Centre for Environment and Economic Policy in Africa (CEEPA)
The organisation works to strengthen capacity building in environmental Economics and Policy in Africa. The objective of CEEPA is to raise the academic and professional profile and strengthen the institutional capacity of participating economics and agricultural economics departments at regional universities and research institutions in eastern, central and southern Africa. The Programme is designed to help retain and expand the core of high-level stall in these institutions by enhancing opportunities for academic and professional careers through an integrated set of activities in research, training and publications.

Agreement period: 2009-2012. Agreed amount: 11 000 000 SEK

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Sida supports the organisation in developing the social sciences in Africa by mobilising the African social science community to undertake fundamental and policy-oriented research from a perspective which is relevant to the demands of the African people.

Agreement period: 200801 - 201206. Agreed amount: 72 450 000 SEK.

Economy and Environment Program for South East Asia (EEPSEA)
EEPSEA supports training and research in environmental and resource economics. Its goal is to strengthen local capacity for the economic analysis of environmental problems so that researchers can provide sound advice to policy makers. The program uses a networking approach and provides financial support and works with meetings, resource persons, access to literature, publication outlets, and opportunities for comparative research across its nine member countries.

Agreement period: 200807 - 201303. Agreed amount: 14 000 000 SEK.

EU Water Initiative Research Area Network (SPLASH)
SPLASH is the European Union Water Initiative Research Area Network (EUWI ERA-NET) setup to coordinate European water research for poverty reduction. The organisation aims at promoting coordinated and effective research and research capacity building for development in the water sector and funds research projects in, for example, safe water supplies and improved sanitation in sub Saharan Africa. SPLASH is a consortium of ministries, funding agencies and national research and technological development authorities from 11 European countries.

Agreement period: 201101-201312. Agreed amount: 4 000 000 SEK

Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes)
Sida supports VicRes in its mission to become a leading regional research council in East Africa, with a competitive grant giving mechanism and peer-reviewing of project proposals by a scientific committee involving experts from within as well as outside the East African Community (EAC). Focus remains on support to research projects of high scientific quality with a multi-country and regional approach within two major areas: natural resources governance and fisheries/aquaculture. VicRes also works to support and strengthen the capacity of the Inter University Council For East Africa to coordinate research within the EAC.

Agreement period: 200901 - 201406. Agreed amount: 102 100 000 SEK.

Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP)
Sida supports LACEEP in its capacity building efforts to provide support in environmental and resource economics to Latin American and Caribbean junior researchers through competitive research grants, regional training courses and workshops. The purpose is to promote new knowledge in environmental economics.

Agreement period: 200801 - 201209. Agreed amount: 8 000 000 SEK.

Latin American Council for the Social Sciences (CLACSO)
CLACSO is a research council and a regional social science research network with more than 250 member institutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The overall objective of Sida's support to CLACSO is to promote increased quality of relevant new knowledge and improved analytical capacity of the social sciences in the Latin American and Caribbean region through funding of regional working groups, competitive research grants to junior and senior researchers, and postgraduate training courses.

Agreement period: 200901 - 201309. Agreed amount: 80 000 000 SEK.

MEKARN
Regional research cooperation with MEKARN aims to improve the livelihood for small scale farmers through livestock in Asia and to build capacity in academically weak countries.

Agreement period: 200801 - 201206. Agreed amount: 41 000 000 SEK.

Organisation of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
Sida works to support the organisation to develop the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa by mobilising the social science community in the region to undertake fundamental and policy oriented research from a perspective which is relevant to the demands of the African people.

Agreement period: 2010-2013. Agreed amount: 21 000 000

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
SANDEE is a network using economic tools and analyses to address South Asia's environmental challenges. It brings together researchers and institutes interested in the inter-connections among development, poverty and the environment. Its main goal is to build the professional skills required to enable the region to address local and global environmental concerns.

Southern African Regional University Association (SARUA)
The overall objective for Sida is to support the organisation in exploring the relationship between innovation and higher education in the context of regional integration and development in the Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) region.

Agreement period: 200802 - 201206. Agreed amount: 10 000 000 SEK.

Western Indian Ocean Marina Science Association (WIOMSA)
Sida supports WIOMSA in its mission to further position itself as the leading research council in marine and coastal science, including adaptation and climate change, in the Western Indian Ocean region. WIOMSA works to establish an outreach and resource mobilisation unit for scientific services and consultancy functions as well as to create links with the private sector, governments and donors.

Agreement period: 200704 - 201112. Agreed amount: 60 850 000 SEK
Agreement period: 200704 - 201112. Agreed amount:13 600 000 SEK

Capacity Strengthening

African Economics Research Consortia (AERC)
Sida supports AERC in its work towards capacity building for economic policy research and graduate training in economics. The Consortium's mandate is threefold: To enhance the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry, to promote the retention of such capacity, and to encourage its application in the policy context.

Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS)
ACSS is working towards strengthening the capacity, quality, range, reach and influence of the social sciences in the Arab region. As a research council it provides research grants and supports networks, quality assurance and policy oriented work. It will also be a support to the Sida LINKS MENA programme.

Consejo Superior Universitario Centro Americano (CSUCA)
The organisation aims at strengthening regional research throughout Central America in various relevant research areas that are critical for the region, such as the Sida supported programme on natural disasters research mitigation.

Agreement period: 200804 - 201012. Agreed amount: 23 695 000 SEK.

Latin American Faculty of the Social Sciences (FLACSO)
FLACSO is an intergovernmental social science research and training organisation with academic units in 13 Latin American countries. The objective of Sida's support to FLACSO's Central American Postgraduate Program in the Social Sciences (MSc and PhD level) is to promote the construction of a Central American scientific community that can address the social and political problems in the region.

Agreement period: 200804 - 201209. Agreed amount: 40 000 000 SEK.

NeTropica
The main objective of the NeTropica programme is to award grants to regional research cooperation projects with the purpose to perform research within the area of biomedical tropical diseases and to strenghten research capacity building within Latin America. Additional objectives are to fund postdoctoral positions, PhD and MSc fellowships, travel grants, workshops, scientific meetings and short visits to high quality labs.

Agreement period: 200701 - 201306. Agreed amount: 12 000 000 SEK.

 
Coming soon - collaboration with Tanzania
Sida will be announcing a call for proposals for partnerships between Tanzanian and Swedish universities and institutions called “Research Partnership Programme - Tanzania”. The programme aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacities at four key research universities and institutions in Tanzania. The call will open on September 1st 2014 and information will be available here.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links
These programs are from 2013 administrated by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council). Read more on their website:
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.
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.
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.
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