Programme of Strategic Cooperation
The Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes is managed by the HEA on behalf of Irish Aid.
Irish Aid is the official development assistance programme of the Irish Government. The White Paper on Irish Aid identifies the reduction of poverty and vulnerability, and the creation of increased opportunities, as the overarching objectives of the programme. It also reiterates the central importance of the Millennium Development Goals for Ireland’s approach to development.
The Programme of Strategic Co-operation was launched in 2006 with a budget of €12.5 million. The aim of the scheme, which is managed by the HEA, is to promote innovative research across a range of subject areas in support of Irish Aid’s mission and to develop the capacity of the higher-education sector in Ireland and abroad for developmental research.
On the 23rd May 2012, the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched the third round of funding under the Programme of Strategic Cooperation at the ‘Scaling Up Agriculture: Sharing Challenges and Experiences of Modernising Agriculture in Ireland and Africa’ conference in Trinity College.
Speaking at the conference, Minister Joe Costello said:
“I am … pleased to announce €4.8 million in funding to support research and education partnerships between Irish and African higher education institutes. The research partnerships have a strong focus on hunger, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health and education.”
The call was a competitive process and recommendations were made to the Minister by an international assessment panel. The following projects will be supported under this round of funding:
- AGRIDIET: How can Agriculture contribute to Better Nutrition? Developing the Evidence Base in Ethiopia and Tanzania, led by University College Cork
- CO-SYS-MCH: Community Systems Strengthening for Equitable Maternal and Child Health, led by Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
- DMZ: Supporting Digital Media in Zambia, led by Ballyfermot College of Further Education
- HRDEH: Development of Human Resources for Eye Health for Africa through Collaborative Higher Education and Research, led by Dublin Institute of Technology
- NOURISH: Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan – Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster, led by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- PUBAIDS: Public administration systems and their role in the delivery of effective HIV-AIDS policies, led by University of Limerick
- TEN HUNGER: Chipulikano Chakuti Pawe Kusintha Pakachitiro Kavinthu/Transformative Engagement Network, led by National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Round 2 of the Programme was announced in June 2008 by the Minister of State for Overseas Development at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr Peter Power. Under this round €4.7 million was awarded to the following projects led by higher education and research institutes:
- Mozambique Cooperative Optometric Training Scheme, led by Dublin Institute of Technology
- Water is Life: Amazzi bulamu, led by Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Doctoral Training for Development in Africa, led by Trinity College Dublin
- Building Capacity for Collaboration, led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (networking grant)
- Strategic training and research initiatives on good governance and development in fragile states in Africa, led by Kimmage Development Studies Centre (networking grant)
- Networked-Informality, led by National College of Art and Design (networking grant)
- Transformative Education to Address Hunger, HIV/AIDS and Climate Change in Africa, led by National University of Ireland, Maynooth (networking grant)
- Social Partnerships in Sustainable Development, led by University of Limerick (networking grant)
Round 1 of the Programme was announced in July 2007. Under this round €7 million in funding was awarded to the following projects led by higher education and research institutes:
- An Irish–African Partnership for Research Capacity Building, led by the Centre for Cross-Border Studies
- Building Inclusive Governance Systems for Poverty Reduction, led by Dublin City University (networking grant)
- Sustaining Elements at Local Level for Poverty Reduction, led by Dundalk Institute of Technology (networking grant)
- Global Development through Education: Enhancing Teacher Education and Educational Research through International Co-operation, led by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
- The Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium: Building Education and Research Capacity to Address Infectious Diseases in East Africa, led by National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Connecting health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium, led by Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- International Development Studies Initiative: Consolidating and Expanding Capacity with Strategic Partnerships, led by University College Dublin
Posted 19:05pm May 19