What can be achieved through development coorporation? Which approaches have shown good results, and which have not? These questions have been the focus of the Research and Communication on Foreign Aid programme (ReCom).
The ReCom programme was initiated in 2011. The objective was to collect, organize, and communicate international research on development cooperation. ReCom focused on exploring which approaches have shown good results, which have been less successful, and how development cooperation can be improved – according to existing research.
ReCom, which is short for ”Research and Communication on Foreign Aid”, was financed by Danida (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark) and Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden), and the programme ended in 2013.
ReCom established cooperations with DIIS (Danish Institute for International Studies), United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research’s (UNU-WIDER), and other institutions. In order to ensure impartiality with regards to the two financing donors, the research programme was coordinated by UNU-WIDER, based in Helsinki, Finland.
300 researchers from 59 countries – among them 51 researchers from 22 African countries – contributed to the ReCom programme. On the ReCom website you can read summaries of the most important research results.
During the programme period seven public results meeting were held in Stockholm (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Here, the research and development cooperation in general was debated.
The results of the research programme were collected in five position papers, each with its own theme (Growth and Employment, Governance and Fragility, Social Sectors, Gender Equality, and Environment & Climate Change). These position papers can be downloaded as PDFs from the ReCom website.
Get an overview with the ReCom magazine In order to ensure all interested people – politicians, government officers, students, journalists, NGOs, researchers etc. – an overview on the research results in the ReCom programme, a magazine in English has been published. The publication brings together the main conclusions on 56 pages, organized in the five themes from the position papers, but presented in a short and readable form. Read the ReCom magazine here.
The researchers in the ReCom programme come from all over the World.
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