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Research Organisations and Think Tanks

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperates with research institutions and think tanks in Denmark and in both priority as well as growth and transition countries. Firstly, the purpose of this cooperation is to build research capacity in developing countries, and secondly, to create new knowledge, which may help overcome development problems.
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 is an important tool for Denmark in order to deliver first class development assistance and for developing countries to fight poverty and create development.

The Danish support to development research takes place through a number of modalities.

Through the so-called FFU projects (FFU = The Consultative Research Committee on Development Research) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports research projects which build upon a cooperation between Danish research institutions and research institutions in partner countries. FFU projects are collaborative research projects driven by Danish research institutions and research institutions in selected partner countries. Since 2017, it has been possible to apply for grants for research projects associated with Strategic Sector Cooperation arrangements in selected growth and transition countries. Calls for FFU research projects are announced by Danida Fellowship Centre. Project proposals are evaluated by the Consultative Research Committee on Development Research, which recommends selected projects for financing. FFU projects typically have a 5-year duration and a budget of up to 10 million DKK.

Through the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) programme the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the building of long-term and strategic partnerships between universities in Denmark and in research environments in selected countries. The programme strengthens universities in their capacity to perform high-quality research. The activities include support to development of research policies and strategies, Ph.D.-schools, development of research concepts, improved quality assurance of research, improvement of libraries and systematisation and upgrading of scientific publications. The partner universities in Phase 4 (2023-2028) of the programme are Gulu University in Uganda, State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania, and University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports research in food and agriculture, nutrition and health, fisheries, water, land and natural ecosystems by providing core support to the CGIAR research partnership (2023-2025). The objective of Danish support for CGIAR research is to encourage and enable a green food systems transformation in the context of climate change. Enhancing research through CGIAR is of considerable importance for generating new knowledge and seeking innovative solutions for sustainable food systems transformation in the Global South.

More information on FFU projects and the BSU programme can be found here: Danida Research Portal

Contact information

Cecilia Theresa Trischler Gregersen
Specialist Adviser
Evaluation, Learning and Quality
Tel. +45 33 92 04 13

[email protected]



Reports from recent minor studies


Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement


Denmark and the Responsibility to Protect - How to put Atrocity Prevention into Practice in Danish Foreign Policy



Institutional Capacities for the Implementation of R2P in West Africa: ACase Study of Ghana

Reports on Development Policy Trends (5 reports)

Somalia and Afghan Diaspora Associations in Development and Relief Cooperation


The UN’s Habitat III Conference: Giving Cities a Voice in the New Urban Agenda


Urban Governance and Sustainable Development: Cities on the Agenda 


How to Achieve Global Goal 7: Sustainable Energy For All (Policy Brief)

The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives



Middle-income transitions and inequality: is there a link?



Coherence in Conflict: Bringing Humanitarian and Development Aid Streams Together 


Impact of Green Trade Liberalisation on Least Developed Countries


South-South Cooperation to Open the Capability Trap


Democratic Dialogue in 140 Characters

How LDC Could Conduct Industrial Policy by Investing in Quality Infrastructure: Policy Note

Use of Country Systems in Fragile States

Use of Country Systems in Fragile States - Case Studies


Somalia's Troubled Transition: Vision 2016 revisited 


Unstable Authoritarianism


Community Based Education in Afghanistan 


Study of Approaches to Danish-Arab dialogue 



Reports on Evidence and Strategic Choices for the Green Growth Priority Area of Danida's Development Cooperation Strategy (2 reports):

Working Paper: Indicators of Sustainable Agriculture "A Scoping Analysis" 


Strategic Framework for Natural Resources, Energy and Climate Change 

Reports on New Tendencies in Development Policy (6 reports):

Economic Development and Trade 


Fragile Situations 


Multistakeholder Partnerships in Danish Development Policy 


New Partnerships 



Målrettede partnerskaber (Policy Brief in Danish) 


Synergies and Linkages 


Gender differences in firm’s access to credit in Sub-Saharan Africa 


UniBRAIN Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia

Varieties of Democracy (2 reports):

V-Dem Analysis Tools short introduction 


Manual for V-Dem online tools


Local Administration Structures in Syria 


Hiding in Plain Sight 


Formalizing a Common Approach to Assessment of Multilateral Organisations 


Rule of Law and Development Cooperation (3 reports):

CSR and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction 


Denmark and the Responsibility to Protect 


The ICC and the Principle of Complementarities 



Water Governance and Water Development (5 reports):

Transboundary Water Governance in a Shifting Development Context 


Climate Politics in the Lower Mekong Region 


Staying Afloat: River Basin Organisations in Transboundary Waters 


Building commitment to climate action in the Mekong and Zambezi River Basins


Pigs, Prawns and Power Houses: Politics in Water Resources Managemement 



An issue-focused Approach to the NTB Reduction: Ideas from the Experience of the EAC and SADC


Trends of Trade Flows of Countries in the EAC and SADC Regions and Perspectives for the Tripartite Free Trade Area 


How the Local Matters: Democratization in Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine 


European Union Development Cooperation in a Changing Global Context 


Linking Instruments in Development and Foreign Policy: Comprehensive Approaches in the EU 


The EU and Global Public Goods: Challenges and Opportunities 


L'Entrepreneuriat Jeune au Mali - Etudes de Cas: Bamako, Segou, Konogougou et Niono 


Land and Property Rights - Working Paper 


Land and Property Rights - Policy Brief 


How can Denmark strengthen Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in multilateral fora 


Getting to Rights in Africa 


Trade related Capacity Building in Tanzania 


Islamic Movements in the Middle East 2007-2008 


Towards a Post-2015 Development Framework


Employment Intensive Growth - Challenges and Prospects in Bolivia (in Spanish)


Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives Network


Islamic gender movements and gender equality - case studies from Jordan, Egypt and Morocco



Enhancing Access to Electricity for Clean and Efficient Energy Services in Africa


Inclusive Growth Thinking in IDA 


Sanctioning Assad's Syria 


The Involving International Architecture for Development Cooperation 


Cooperating with China in Africa 


A Study of Migration and Development 


Addressing Climate Change and Conflict in Development Cooperation


Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights 


Using ICT to Promote Governance 


Green Growth in Practice



Rewiring Multilateralism (in Danish) 


The U.S. Emerging Powers and Transnational Threats Discussion Paper 


Leveraging Migration for Africa 


Revolution and the power of change 


The Changing Balance of Influence and U.S. Strategy 


The Global Green Growth Forum 


Lessons from the South-South Experience Trust Fund 


Climate change negotiations and their implications for international development cooperation 


The growth-jobs-poverty nexus: Understanding the binding constraints on the Ghanaian economy



Building more effective tax systems (in Danish) 

Multilateralism in Tension Responsibility, Responsiveness and Tolerance 

Multilateral policy-making From crisis management to the long game 


G20 Development Group Multiyear Action Plan 


The G20 and Development A New Era (updated) 


The World Bank: G20 and Global Development


Innovation and Technology Development Programme 


Towards the new international oriented Danish research programme 


Annex 5 Towards the new international orientated Danish research programme 


The G20 and Beyond 


Voice Reform in the World Bank