UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is a collaborative of government and research funders working in international development, governed by the Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. Our core contributing members include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO); the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC); UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); and Wellcome. UKCDR exists to amplify the value and impact of research for global development by promoting coherence, collaboration and joint action among UK research funders.
This annual report shows UKCDR’s work over the financial year 2019 to 2020 in our role supporting UK research funders of international development in achieving maximum impact through mapping, convening, sharing best practice and being a collective voice to shape policy.
Over the past year UKCDR contributed to important challenges, such as making development research safe for everyone involved in it, ensuring that partnerships with researchers in low- and middle-income countries are equitable, and building up vital research capacity in partner countries. It also laid the groundwork for funder collaboration by providing highly insightful topical analyses and reports, and by bringing research funders and other organisations together to identify opportunities for collaboration and joint activities.
“Without UKCDR the UK development research sector would no doubt be more fragmented and less able to meet the challenges facing the world today.” – Prof. Peter Piot, Chair of the Strategic Coherence for ODA funded Research Board
UKCDR’s work is achieved through successful collaboration and partnership with its core members and wider stakeholder group.