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Minister of State Seán Sherlock launches the Irish Aid Research Strategy 2015 - 2019

Minister of State Seán Sherlock, TD, will today launch the first Irish Aid Research Strategy at a Research Workshop in Trinity College, Dublin.

The Irish Aid Research Strategy represents a significant milestone in setting out how Irish Aid will support development research over the next five years. At the heart of this strategy is a commitment to putting research into use and encouraging strong partnerships with institutions in developing countries. The strategy will ensure the reduction of poverty and vulnerability by ensuring that Irish Aid funding both utilises and strengthens the capacity for research in developing countries.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Sherlock said:

“Since the beginning of Irish development cooperation in 1974, Ireland has been committed to development research, particularly in the areas of health, education and agriculture.

“This first Research Strategy by Irish Aid builds on our experience and prioritises the building of partnerships and collaborations where they are needed most – in developing countries. What this workshop does is bring together researcher, the private sector and those working in development to explore further opportunities available in international development research.

“At the heart of the Strategy are two commitments - working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge research and putting research into use. Irish Aid recognises that putting research into practice is how we bring about real change in the lives of the poorest people. This is why in recent years Irish Aid has spent approximately €30m on research annually. I look forward to hearing the results of this workshop and creating a blueprint for further research opportunity into the future.”

Irish Aid will strive to build evidence to ensure that poverty and vulnerability are reduced by putting research into use across Irish Aid programmes. The Strategy identifies 7 research themes aligned to the Government’s policy priorities for international development. These are: Global Hunger, Fragile States, Climate Change, Trade and Economic Growth, Essential Services, Human Rights and Accountability, and Humanitarian Assistance.

Irish Aid will also encourage stronger collaboration between institutions in Ireland and institutions in developing countries so we can ensure Irish Aid funding is strengthening capacity for research in developing countries.


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22 September 2015