This project completion report considers achievements made, risks encountered, and the lessons learned in DFID's support to ICDDR.B (Centre for Health and Population Research, Bangladesh and Sharan, India). The lessons learned are seen in terms of: determining attribution or association of ‘gains made’; of seeking to achieve a balanced research portfolio; of recognising the lead time from hypothesis to changing practice; and, further, of ensuring that research programmes do have robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks in place by which to assess progress made, and to take corrective action if and where necessary. The final lesson learned is that development partners such as DFID can and do play a very critical role in the development and viability of south-based research institutions, by means of supporting core funding and through the priorities they mutually attach to seek equitable and cost-effective solutions to the major burdens of disease and ill-health in poor countries.
Lee, K. Assignment Report: Building the Knowledge Base for Attaining Equitable Health in Poor Countries. DFID Health Resource Centre, London, UK (2007) 18 pp.