Research in the Danida Strategy
A draft of the new Danish development cooperation strategy has now been published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and it will be debated and negotiated during the months ahead. Link: http://um.dk/da/danida/maalsaetning%20og%20strategi/udkast (draft in Danish).
The main reference to research is in section 6.3 (p. 22) of the strategy under the general heading of “Inclusive sustainable growth and research.”. Here it is stated that research cooperation between universities and research institutions in Denmark and in developing countries will be strengthened, and thus continue to contribute to finding solutions built on new knowledge and approaches as well as to increase the countries’ capacities to generate and use new knowledge. Furthermore, some of the funds are expected to be allocated to the so-called transition and growth countries and aligned with the priorities of the strategic sector cooperation in those countries where Denmark is present, and where they are facing challenges which match with Danish strengths, in sectors such as climate change, water, energy, health and food. There will be greater clarity about the future support to development research when the government’s proposal for the Finance Bill for 2017 is published in August. Consequently, it is anticipated that a new call for proposals will be issued in the 4th quarter of 2016.
Updated 30 June, 2016.