To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what external policy research her Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research was commissioned; and what the cost of each such piece of research was.
We are unable to answer this question comprehensively without incurring disproportionate costs. A strong evidence base in development is essential as value for money and optimal impact starts with an understanding of what works. 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 six years by the Department for International Development (DFID) is as follows:
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 United Kingdom 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:
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:
DFID Research Report 2009-10 which describes projects that DFID was funding at that time: