Research and implementation organizations play an important role in bridging research and practice for sustainable development. During this session, we discuss characteristics of such organizations and how they contribute to sustainable development. Swiss TPH and KFPE host this session at the Science Summit of the UN General Assembly 77.
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.
The role of Research and Implementation Organizations (RIO) for sustainable development.
Currently, world leaders are convening at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. In parallel, the Science Summit is being held, with the central theme being the role and contribution of science in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jasmina Saric reflects on the emergence, role and future of organisations that combine research and implementation for sustainable development. New findings on this topic will be presented at the Science Summit in a session convened by Swiss TPH.
Research that takes a pro-active role in bridging science and practice holds promise to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. While passing on best practices outside of academia, inspiration can be drawn from pressing global challenges. Using Swiss research institutions that maintain partnerships with low- and middle-income countries as a case study, the purpose of this study was to identify synergies between research and services for development (R&S4D).
Based on insight generated from Swiss academic and research entities, this Policy Brief aims to highlight the importance of bringing R&S4D closer, at research entities in Switzerland and elsewhere, and how to go about doing it.