Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:25:21 GMT
Updated: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:11:33 GMT
According to the Strategy for Sida's support to research cooperation 2010-2014, Sida will report annually to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The report will include detailed accounts of funding for research cooperation over the past year. This account is to include a list of aid disbursements, divided according to area of activity and partner country and also divided by theme. Sida is to describe how research and research expertise is used, and assess trends over time. The report is also to contain a description of available results, such as an account of how research cooperation has affected the development of institutions etc. In addition, Sida is to describe how it has used research in its implementation of cooperation and regional strategies.
In 2012 and 2014, annual reports are
also to include an evaluation of progress towards the objectives
set out in the strategy. This evaluation is to comprise both
qualitative assessments and quantitative measures. Each objective
is to be monitored and evaluated as follows (additional indicators
or assessments may be developed).
Sida will report on to the following
Partner countries and
regional research actors are better able to plan, produce and use
research in the fight against poverty.
This objective refers to the institutional
development on national and regional levels in partner countries
and regions, as well as improved research management at the
universities. Important indicators are the number of local research
training courses, the number of PhDs and postdoctoral mobility
Increased production by the
research community of research of relevance in the fight against
poverty in developing countries
Focus is on new knowledge relevant for low income
countries, which is quality assured according to current academic
principals. Sida should outline relevant research results from
various cooperation organizations/institutions.
Increased production of
Swedish research of relevance in the fight against poverty in
Sida should assess the quality, size and focus of the Swedish
resource base, and analysis of thematic movements and trends. In
addition, Sida should give an account of steps taken to promote
cooperation between Swedish researchers and researchers in
developing countries and outcomes of such efforts.
Besides, Sida should assess the scale, scope and
direction of cooperation between Swedish researchers and the
various development cooperation actors, such as Sida and the
Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Results achieved through Sida's
research cooperation are here presented according to four
categories: new knowledge, capacity building, normative
institutions and Swedish resource base.
Funds targeting training and education
of university staff, PhD students, MA students, post-doctoral
projects or other research and training activities are examples of
support that aim to generate new knowledge through research
Capacity building results refer to
those achievements that assist in strengthening an institution's
(university, research institute, research centre, research council,
ministry etc) capability in creating, developing and maintaining
research systems and structures. Such results may involve improved
library information systems, increased access to international
journals and publications and strengthened administrative
The results achieved through
assistance of normative intuitions are often of advisory character.
The aim is to support research in traditionally under-theorised
areas and create new knowledge which materialises into improved
policies and decisions.
Examples of results within the Swedish
resource base are publications of jointly written journals,
organising of seminars and training of PhD students and post
doctoral students. The objective is to strengthen research ties
between researchers in Sweden and developing countries. Such ties
increase the exchange of information, enable modern and innovative
forms of research and make possible the creation of new knowledge
in a range of areas which are of relevance to the reduction of
More information on Sweden's aid is
available on www.openaid.se