date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:31:10 +0100
from: "Dawn Ashby" <DAASatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Royal Society response to the UK Department for International
to: "Dawn Ashby" <DAASatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
Please see attached a Public Consultation Document on DFID's Research Strategy 2008-2013.
If you would like to contribute to the Royal Society's response to the document please send
comments to Joann Fong (firstname.lastname@example.org), copied to Rachel Garthwaite
With many thanks
Secretary, UK IGBP National Committee
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Sent: 09 August 2007 16:59
Subject: Royal Society response to the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Research Strategy consultation
Please see below a message from Rachel Garthwaite
> Dear All,
> The International Section of the Royal Society will be submitting
> a response to the consultation on the UK Department for International
> Development's (DFID) new research strategy for 2008-2013. We would be
> most grateful for your input to develop an informed Royal Society
> response. DFID's research budget will double from �110 million in
> 2005/06 to �220 in 2010. Approximately �650 million will be available
> to fund new research programmes in the forthcoming strategy period,
> which will be five years (2008-2013). Therefore it is important the
> scientific and relevant communities have a voice in how DFID
> approaches the development of its research programmes.
> The Royal Society will be responding to the questions in the
> consultation document. For your information we have listed these
> below, however, I recommend you look at the consultation document
> (attached) - as explanatory information is provided for each of the
> questions. Please let us know if you are able to provide input by
> 17 August. We will then require your responses by 28 August.
> Please also note that as the International section is leading on this
> response that all responses should be sent directly to Joann Fong,
> (details below) but copied to myself.
> Joann Fong
> Manager, Capacity Building
> International Policy Section
> tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2504
> fax: +44 (0)20 7925 2620
> The consultation document defines the following issues for the new
> research strategy:
> 1. Urbanisation, globalisation and climate change are just some
> of the issues which present new challenges for development and
> development research. This consultation asks how the new research
> strategy can help countries deal with emerging issues - be they new
> diseases, trading opportunities, migration, changes in world economic
> power etc. This consultation also asks how the new strategy can build
> on the strengths of the current research programme. In particular, how
> DFID can:
> o build on the four priority research themes and address the links
> between them effectively: these are
> o sustainable agriculture, especially in Africa, moving towards a
> broader agenda of economic opportunity and growth; (Please note that
> the this includes forestry and fisheries).
> o "killer diseases" and healthcare, moving towards building
> capabilities of individuals and families for a better life; o states
> that work for poor people, where our good governance and social
> research will include more emphasis on policy design areas; o the
> impact of climate change on poverty, moving towards research that
> helps partner countries understand, influence and adapt to changes and
> future "shocks" more broadly.
> o improve the way DFID identif ies demand for research from end-
> users in developing countries;
> o promote more cutting-edge science that will benefit poor people;
> o work more effectively to help developing countries to carry out,
> access and use research themselves; and
> o make it more likely that research will be used.
> 2 The context for funding international development research has
> changed since the Research Funding Framework was produced in 2004.
> Research is part of a rising UK aid budget and DFID is set to become
> one of the world's leading funding agencies for development research.
> The new strategy needs to make choices about how and where DFID
> research can have the greatest impact in future, given the
> contributions of other funders.
> The consultation document questions are as follows:
> 1. How can DFID build on its work on sustainable agriculture and
> develop its work on economic opportunities and growth?
> 2. How can DFID improve research on "killer diseases" and healthcare
> and develop its work on building the capabilities of individuals and
> families for a better life?
> 3. How can DFID improve research into good governance, including
> social and policy design areas?
> 4. How can DFID improve research into the impact of climate change on
> poverty and environmental change more broadly?
> 5. In addition to climate change, what are the emerging global trends
> that DFID research needs to address?
> 6. How can DFID improve the way research responds to user demand?
> 7. How can DFID best support cutting-edge science that benefits poor
> 8. How can DFID be more systematic in helping developing countries to
> increase their research capacity?
> 9. Communicating research: How can we make sure people in developing
> countries can access and use research?
> 10. How should DFID position its research in the future?
> 11. How far should DFID take a more regional approach to some research
> 12. How should DFID work with other funders of international
> development research?
> I look forward to hearing from you all,
> Best wishes,
> Rachel G.
> Rachel Garthwaite
> Manager (Environment and Climate Change) Science Policy Section tel
> +44 (0)20 7451 2526; fax +44 (0)20 7451 2692
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