Eligius Lyamuya is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. He studied for his PhD at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm with Swedish support.
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The main part of Sida’s support to research capacity building is institutional cooperation with universities in Africa and Latin America. The objective is that partner countries should be able to independently identify research problems of relevance for development, prioritise areas for research, carry out research and secure the necessary financial resources and human capacity.
Sida currently has bilateral research cooperation with Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, and in some of these countries support is also directed at national research councils.
With the emergence of the knowledge economy, there is growing recognition of the importance of higher education and research for poverty reduction and sustainable development. For any nation, global competitiveness and economic success depends on the existence of capacities to create, develop, consume, package and disseminate knowledge.
Capacity for research plays an important role in this endeavour and while such capacities have increased considerably in many low income countries in the last decades, they remain woefully weak compared to the countries’ needs.
Research cooperation supported by Sida is based on collaboration between universities in partner countries and in Sweden. This allows for local research training of a larger number of people in partner universities in a quality assured fashion. The aim is to support quality assured research training programmes, postgraduate research training partnerships of mutual benefit, as well as joint integrated research training programmes of high international standards which build on the principles of mutual recognition of studies and qualifications.
Programmes are chosen in open calls where applicants from institutions in the partner country and those in Sweden submit joint applications. The open calls are published on Sida’s website under Calls & Announcements.