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Swedish support for strengthening research, policy and practice in developing countries
May 26, 2019 - 11:01
The Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project kicked off from 18-23 May 2014 in Durban, South Africa. This is a global initiative aimed at strengthening research, policy and practice in these key sectors in developing countries. RHEDI builds on 15 years of intensive foundational work dating back to the formation of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge in 1998. After being based at the OECD and known as IHERD – Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development – for a couple of years, the project (re-named RHEDI) was adopted in 2013 by the South African based educational non-profit SANTRUST. Funding for all iterations of the project has come from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, or SIDA. Academic partners include the universities of Melbourne in Australia and Lund in Sweden. Full information about RHEDI.
“This initiative is exciting because it has the potential to bring new opportunities for collaborative research that ensures national relevance in the context of an ongoing debate and interaction with those at the forefront of the discussion and design of policies and strategies for research and innovation,” says RHEDI Programme Director Åsa Olsson.
The RHEDI programme has now launched an online community site in partnership with University World News, the media partner of RHEDI. The RHEDI community promotes discussions on the implications of the significant changes that have been observed in knowledge production over the last decades. The network is important for low- and middle-income countries because it connects a new generation of researchers, research leaders, regulators and policy-makers from these countries to the international community.