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cc: <>, "Garthwaite, Rachel" <>
date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:31:10 +0100
from: "Dawn Ashby" <>
subject: Royal Society response to the UK Department for International
to: "Dawn Ashby" <>

Dear all,

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 (, copied to Rachel Garthwaite

With many thanks

Dawn Ashby

Secretary, UK IGBP National Committee
-----Original Message-----
From: [[1]] On Behalf Of
Casey Ryan
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
> people?
> 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
> questions?
> 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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