This report aims to situate the Department for International Development
(DFID)'s role as a donor of international research in a comparative
international perspective in order to inform the development of the
Central Research Department's next 5-year research strategy and 20-year
Vision of development for poverty reduction. The study included a
desktop/web review of published information and key informant interviews
with development researchers and practitioners. The objectives of the
study were to
i) identify the top 10-15 research donors
ii) identify areas of duplication, and omission
iii) suggest where DFID can add value
iv) identify regional research processes
vi) identify new partnerships with which DFID can engage
vi) identify key northern research organisations of value for developing countries.
Outputs include answers to these questions in this report, and a series of databases containing detailed information about research donor spending, their programmes (themes, geographical focus, and approaches to capacity development), and regional research networks.
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK, 116 pp.