Major benefits for sustainable development can be gained from combining research and services for development cooperation (e.g. project implementation, economic assessments) at the same institution and from deploying persons with double-competency to both research and services. Dr. Jasmina Saric analysed benefits of combining research and services for development cooperation and how such double-competencies can be strengthened at Swiss and African research organisations.
In September 2022, we chair a session on this topic at the UN General Assembly Science Summit. Further publications are planned.
Publications of this project:
Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)
House of Academies
Research and implementation organisations: do we need to define another actor in the SD landscape?
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), have recently mapped and assessed organizations with both a strong research mandate and a regular stream of project implementation and related activities, e.g., designing, implementing and/or evaluating programmes. Such “Research and Implementation Organizations” (RIOs), were assessed first in Switzerland and then in 13 African partner countries aiming to obtain information on the structure and positioning of RIOs within the sustainable development (SD) actors’ landscape and to assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Currently − as a complementary aspect of this work − we are capturing the perspective of selected funders of RIOs. Our hypothesis is that having a definition of (i) RIOs; (ii) the gap that they are filling within the spectrum of SD actors; and (iii) the types of projects they are best suited to carry forward, would allow to better instrumentalise them for the advancement of the 2030 Agenda. The objective of the session is to utilize the discussion with the audience and their input to validate and, if necessary, adjust our conclusions pertaining to i-iii.