Swedish Research Aid

29 May, 08:30 – 12:00, Rosenbad, Drottninggatan 5

The global problems articulated in Agenda 2030 need global awareness and the solutions require commitment, inclusion and cooperation within and between politics, policy and the research society. Sweden has a long experience in supporting research cooperation and development research in partner countries. The overall aim is to strengthen research of high quality and of relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development with a primary focus on low-income countries and regions.

At this seminar, two EBA reports are launched. In Research Aid revisited – a historically grounded analysis of future prospects and policy options, Sverker Sörlin and David Nilsson, explore the relation between the research aid policy and Sweden’s national research policy. Why aren’t they more aligned, despite the commitment to the Policy for Global Development?

The second report Research Capacity in the New Global Development Agenda -Mobility, Collaboration and Scientific Production among Ph.D. Graduates Supported by Swedish Development Aid in Africa by Måns Fellesson is a tracer study of PhD students from Mozambique, Tanzania and Ethiopia who have been part of the Swedish sandwich program. What happened to them after graduation? How do they navigate in the international research landscape? How does collaboration between low-income countries and research aid fit into strategies of internationalization at Swedish universities?

What can we learn in order to tackle future challenges and maximise the return to society at large from investment in science and capacity building? Both reports bring forward important knowledge and empirical data by reflecting on the complexity of today’s science policy regime.

Programme

8.30 Welcome address
Gun-Britt Andersson, Acting Chair EBA

Research capacity in Africa
Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary ACBF

8.55 Research Aid Revisited – a historically grounded analysis of future prospects and policy options
Sverker Sörlin, KTH and David Nilsson, KTH

Comments and reflections
Helena Lindholm, Deputy President University of Gothenburg

9.40 Research Capacity in the New Global Development Agenda – Mobility, Collaboration and Scientific Production among Ph.D. Graduates Supported by Swedish Development Aid in Africa
Måns Fellesson, REMESO, MFA

Comments and reflections
Göran Tomson, KI, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT/ KVA

10.50 Panel discussion

The authors
Emmanuel Nnadozie, Professor, Executive Secretary of Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Eva Tobisson, Deputy Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Anna-Maria Oltorp, Head of the Research cooperation Unit, Sida
Rolf Höijer, Ministry of Education and Research

11.55 Concluding remark
Gun-Britt Andersson, EBA

Moderator: Gabriella Ahlström