UKCDR Strategy (2022 – 2025)


UKCDR Strategy (2022 – 2025)

Read UKCDR’s Strategy (2022 – 2025).

UKCDR was created in 2007 to provide a framework for a coordinated approach to development research. Our mission is to amplify the value and impact of research by promoting coherence, collaboration and joint action among UK research funders.

In 2015, funding for development research was increased and spread across government departments and research councils. In response, FCDO, BEIS, DHSC, UKRI and the Wellcome Trust set up a Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board, which looked to UKCDR to provide data and expertise on maximising impact and value for money from dispersed funding.

UKCDR’s Strategy for the period of 2022 – 2025 leans on three pillars:

  • Mapping, analysis and foresight,
  • Convening for joint action,
  • Sharing information and best practice.

These pillars all feed into our overarching ambition to use our expertise and collective voice, in order to:

  • identify where UK research for development has been effective and shown value for money,
  • identify the overall impact of the UK’s investment in research for development,
    bridge the gap between “what” is funded and “how” it is delivered,
  • increase our impact by working with a range of influential funding bodies and foster relationships with core users: the academic research community (UK and international) and the international development community,
  • foster dialogue, draw on complementary skills, initiate discussions and ensure representation and understanding of our international stakeholders’ needs and priorities to jointly address global challenges.

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