Denmark cooperates with research institutions and think-tanks to enhance the developing countries’ own research and to generate new knowledge that can be applied in the development assistance.
Denmark supports agricultural research as here where research is being carried out on rice at Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute in Vietnam.Photo: Jørgen Schytte
Development research makes an important contribution to Denmark being in a position to supply top-quality development assistance and to the developing countries being able to reduce poverty and create development.
Cooperation with research institutions and think-tanks has two objectives:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also supports international research institutions, for example in the fields of agricultural and health research and in the social sciences.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted support amounting to DKK 169 million for development research in 2014.
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You can read more about research projects funded by Danida on:
Danida Research Portal
The Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development is awarded for outstanding social science research on development and economic history. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose research has improved and deepened our knowledge of development dynamics and economic history, of poverty and wealth, of marginalization and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice. The prize is being awarded for the fourth time.The Ester Boserup Thesis Prize will be awarded to a brilliant PhD thesis that treats one or several issues of development dynamics, of poverty and wealth, of marginalization and political participation, and of lawlessness and justice. The thesis must be successfully defended at the University of Copenhagen in 2015.Find more information in the call for nominations here.
Denmark supports four different think-tanks and organisations working with applied research in the areas of environment, climate and sustainable development.
The strategic framework for Danish support for Development Research, 2014-2018, has been approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the strategic framework is to guide the prioritisation and allocation of Danish funding for development research. In addition to guiding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it will also support the dialogue with stakeholders in priority countries and in Denmark. It is expected that this will increase transparency of future prioritisation between the various elements of support.
The strategic framework takes account of recommendations from reviews and evaluations of Danida-funded development research activities, notably the recent evaluation of Danida-supported research on agriculture and natural resource management (2013), other Danish and international experience, and stakeholders. A public hearing of a revised draft held in Denmark and several priority countries during September-November 2013 provided valuable input to the strategy.
The strategic framework can be downloaded from the menu in the right side of this webpage.
The draft Finance Bill for 2016 – FFL16 – has been published today morning (Tuesday 29 September 2015). FFL16 is still a draft; the bill now has to be negotiated and ultimately enacted through agreement by a majority in the Danish parliament. In the draft FFL16 an amount of DKK 100 million has been reserved for FFU projects in 2016. For the three subsequent years, i.e. 2017-2019 the budget figures for a range of budget lines including all development research budget lines have been put on a reserves account. This decision has been taken in light of the intention by the government to undertake a thorough investigation of the strategic focus of Denmark’s foreign policy over the coming 10-15 years. The investigation is expected to be finalised by May 2016, and it will provide an input to the political discussions regarding the long term future of the Danish foreign policy including the long term priorities for the Danish support to development cooperation. The decision implies that the government’s priorities regarding development research for 2017 and beyond will be known in connection with the negotiations and approval of the finance bill for 2017, i.e. around the middle of 2016. At the same time, due to a combination of the Danish government’s intention to reach 0,70% of the GNI for the development cooperation budget, and an extraordinary refugees situation, a downwards adjustment in the finance bill for the remaining part of 2015 has implied that the budget originally planned for development research projects in 2015 is no longer available. Instead, subject to approval of the draft FFL16 the Ministry plans to utilise the appropriation of 100 million DKK that has been reserved by the government for FFU projects in 2016 to fund applications from the 2015 application cycle. There are thus no funds reserved for new FFU projects in 2016. Based on the above the Ministry has decided to suspend the FFU application cycle pending a clarification of the funding situation for 2017. As indicated, this clarification is expected in the middle of 2016.Further inquiries in relation to the above can be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Technical Advisory Services Department (att. Lasse Møller ( email@example.com ) and Jeppe Søndergaard Pedersen ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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