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Development policy research

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides funds for multi-disciplinary and problem-oriented research focusing on development and developing countries, which enhances understanding of poverty and development. Cooperation with the research community thus supports the attainment of such development cooperation goals as poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development.

New information and fresh perspectives

By means of engaging in development policy research, research communities and various interest groups have an opportunity to contribute to the planning of development policy and cooperation. Contacts and networking between stakeholders from Finland, developing countries, and other international research bodies are encouraged and developed. New information and fresh perspectives are necessary to help reach the goals – especially the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Both decision-makers and the citizens need information.

Financing through various channels

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Academy of Finland are jointly funding development research administered by the Academy of Finland. These research projects usually span several years.

On the other hand, commissioned development policy research projects, financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, are usually applied scientific studies, lasting only some 3 to 12 months. Commissioned research serves the Ministry’s need of information relating to development policy and development cooperation.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs also supports international research institutes and projects, such as the Nordic Africa Institute and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the European Report on Development (ERD).

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs also supports many multilateral organisations’ research institutes and programmes, including the World Bank Knowledge for Change programme (KCP) and the UN Wider Institute.

Development research is also supported as a part of country programmes and regional programmes.

Further information about the application rounds for commissioned research: Unit for General Development Policy and Planning: keo-10(at)formin.fi.

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