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Science For Development

One objective of the SEA-EU-NET 1 project has been to increase the quality, quantity, profile and impact of Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to the traditional sources of funding for S&T cooperation (national research councils, European framework programmes), international development agencies have a shared interest in scientific capacity building, and in supporting technologies which address development priorities such as health, food security, energy security and disaster risk reduction.

Global societal challenges provide an appealing focus for development agencies’ research funding. Challenges such as food security, access to clean water and infectious diseases have a disproportionate impact on developing countries and slow their progress, whilst potentially having an impact on developed world countries via the interconnectedness of societies and economies.

Further engagement with development agencies will take place in the SEA-EU-NET 2 project. In addition, efforts will be made to network social innovative organisations both in Southeast Asia and in Europe; track respective activities in our social network posts!

Therefore, this project will work towards 

  • Mapping of Science and Technology activities funded by development agencies in Southeast Asia.

  • Identifying funding priorities of development agencies in specific societal challenges.

  • Networking initiatives that foster social innovation both in Europe and in Southeast Asia.

  • Seek to cooperation Non-governmental and Development Organizations, to ensure that priority activities are able to leverage funding from multiple sources.

Science and Technology is an important component in a strategy to address global societal challenges, and there is fertile ground for cooperation between research funding agencies and development organisations working in cooperation with developing countries.

Organisations which invest in development include a diverse selection of national and multinational development agencies, international financial institutions, and S&T agencies.

The commitment to share knowledge and help one another provides for genuine and mutually beneficial partnerships. Close alignment, cooperation and coherence between sectoral policies in development and the scientific priorities of local researchers should be put in place to facilitate the achievement of the goals of both scientific and development cooperation. 

--> Please see the attached document to get a deeper insight into the topic!

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration under grant agreement no 311784.

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