This summary outlines the results of the consultations conducted in
Africa to aid the development of DFID's research strategy for the
period 2008-2013. The report provides an overview of the views of
researchers and research users about priority research themes and
research processes from Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia gathered during
in-country consultations in Oct-Nov 2007.
Overall the consultation highlighted the importance of ensuring that
research funding supports context-sensitive research questions and
research processes. Global research is important, but to be meaningful
and useable in national contexts specific research questions must be
informed by local understandings and priorities, and involve multiple
stakeholders at all stages of the research process, from agenda setting,
to research implementation through to research communication.
Importantly, while DFID's broad research themes resonated with national
priorities to a reasonable degree, there was very strong demand for
approaching research and research into use processes in a fundamentally
different way, including working with a broader array of sub-national
policy and civil society actors.
More specific findings and recommendations that emerged from the
consultation process are outlined for the following areas:
- Agriculture and Economic Growth
- Climate Change
- Priority Setting
- Capacity Building
DFID Research Strategy 2008-2013. Consultation Exercise - Africa. Executive Summary.