Research for the Developing World: Public Funding from Australia, Canada, and the UK

Hardcover | October 21, 2015

byBruce Currie-Alder

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Research for the developing world can generate evidence on the effectiveness of foreign aid, invent new technologies that serve poor people, and strengthen research capabilities in poor countries. How do countries determine which of these policy goals to pursue? Examining the United Kingdom,Canada, and Australia reveals how each country established a unique approach to research funding. Programs and grantmaking evolved in response to various expectations across government, tempered by the need to remain credible in the scientific community. This book explores the histories of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Looking back, changes in research governance encouraged a shift towardswhole-of-government priorities, shorter timeframes for realizing results, and performance predicated on academic productivity and research impact. Whereas funders used to encourage "small is beautiful" with local experiments in development, today the emphasis is on "getting to scale" deliveringinnovation through self-financing models.Looking forward, research for the developing world is fading as part of development assistance, yet rising as collaboration on common global challenges. Funders are adopting new definitions of performance and actively shaping policy to connect science and international development. Leaders arebrokering partnerships that connect research governance at home and abroad, bridging the incentives towards academic productivity and research impact. In short, the future of research for the developing world is moving from foreign aid to science diplomacy.

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Research for the developing world can generate evidence on the effectiveness of foreign aid, invent new technologies that serve poor people, and strengthen research capabilities in poor countries. How do countries determine which of these policy goals to pursue? Examining the United Kingdom,Canada, and Australia reveals how each countr...

Bruce Currie-Alder is Regional Director, based in Cairo, with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). His work examines the governance of public research funding and scientific cooperation with developing countries. His previous experience includes facilitating corporate strategy, contributing to Canada's foreign po...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198742932

ISBN - 13:9780198742937

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Table of Contents

1. Expecting more: changing governance of public research2. Research funders: adapting to government expectations3. United Kingdom: between Haldane and Rothschild4. Canada: Hopper's vision of empowerment5. Australia: Crawford's legacy of partnership6. Changing context: public management and research governance7. Looking back: program theory and grantmaking practice8. Looking forward: from foreign aid to global challenges9. Conclusion: the quest for research impact