Funders’ priorities: Rapid mapping


Research capacity strengthening for UK & international funders

The report provides a high-level overview of the complex RCS landscape, revealing trends in funders’ strategies, which allows DFID to think about where it fits into this.

UKCDS was asked by DFID to undertake a rapid mapping exercise of UK and international donors’ priorities in research capacity strengthening (RCS).

The project involved a short survey sent to international funders via the ESSENCE network and UKCDS contacts. The findings from the questionnaire have been written up into this report

The objective of the report was to take a birds-eye, macro-level view of where funders are primarily focusing their RCS strategies. It does not aim to provide a comprehensive, detailed picture of funders’ RCS activities or a qualitative assessment of which RCS approaches work most effectively, which could be topics for further study.

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