Project description

Project name: Research Into Use Programme – Strategic Advice
Project description:

The Research into Use Programme (RIUP) proposes to contribute to DFID strategic objectives by adopting an innovation systems approach to getting research into use.

DFID has been a strong financier of natural resources research through its Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS), which ran from 1995 to 2006. The focus of this approach was to improve the livelihoods of the poor through better management of natural resources. The ten research programmes launched under the strategy were designed to generate new knowledge and promote its uptake and application. The RNRRS saw significant evolution over its life. This included a shift in focus from supplying research and producing scientific publications to emphasizing the impact of research on poverty. The focus also moved from outputs to outcomes and long-term impacts. At the same time, interdisciplinary research, the policy environment and the livelihoods of the poor began to receive greater attention.

The Policy Practice will provide strategic advice about innovation to the RIU programme and will provide advice on the implementation of two sub-programmes:

  • the implementation of a country programme in Rwanda and
  • a programme to leverage private equity to commercialise agricultural research of relevance to developing countries.
Start date:March 2007
Duration:12 months
Client:NR International
Funder: DFID
Team members:Andrew Barnett (team leader)