Research

International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Tristram Hunt Tristram Hunt Labour, Stoke-on-Trent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; from which organisation each piece of research was commissioned; and what the net worth was of each such commission.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

We are unable to answer this question comprehensively without incurring disproportionate costs. We commission research in agriculture, health, education, growth, climate and the environment, governance, conflict and social development and in cross-cutting issues such as urbanisation. The amount spent on centrally commissioned research over the last five years by DFID is as follows:

  £ million
2007-08 130
2008-09 125
2009-10 177
2010-11 203
2011-12 222

The commissioning of research is largely undertaken directly by competitive tendering. However DFID also commissions research through indirect partnering with other organisations such as the UK research councils who manage a competitive process of research calls on our behalf.

The main sources of information that can give more precise details relating to this request are as follows:

ResearchforDevelopment (R4D) is an online portal containing details of research funded by DFID over the last 10 years, in over 30,000 project and document records. You can search the site in many different ways, including by project start and end date. The database also includes details of project spend and the organisations from which research is commissioned:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/R4D/Default.aspx

DFID's projects database contains summaries of each project DFID funds, including research ones. You can search the database in many different ways, including by start date, and by DFID department, including Research and Evidence Division. The database includes details of project spend by financial year:

http://projects.dfid.gov.uk/

DFID Research Report 2009-10 which describes projects that DFID was funding at that time:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/PDF/Publications/rsrch-rpt-09-10.pdf

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