NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development
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NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development programmes, funds and monitors innovative research on global issues, with a focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. NWO-WOTROs research projects are realised by interdisciplinary teams of researchers from the North and South and in close collaboration with non-academic stakeholders. These partnerships yield solutions for development challenges and strengthen the bridge between research, policy and practice.

NWO-WOTROs objectives

NWO-WOTRO implements the NWO strategy 2019-2022. In addition, NWO-WOTRO engages with the framework of the knowledge policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Top sector policy of the Dutch government. Based on these commitments, NWO-WOTRO follows a strategy that includes the following overall objectives:

  • increase the generation, dissemination and utilisation of high-quality knowledge
  • increase the generation of groundbreaking ideas
  • enhance knowledge synergy for development
  • strengthen research capacity in developing countries

NWO-WOTRO realises these objectives by developing research programmes and activities together with national and international stakeholders from inside and outside the scientific community. These stakeholders include researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and the private sector.

Pilot study

In 2017, NWO-WOTRO Science for Global development has had a study carried out to gain more insight in the effectiveness of the way in which it finances research projects and programmes are funded and managed (the 'WOTRO approach'). Also, the contribution of WOTRO research to inclusive global development was examined.

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Merian Fund

The Merian Fund is a fund for international cooperation with (emerging) science countries and developing countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.
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Research programmes in cooperation with the Knowledge Platforms of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NWO-WOTRO facilitates the research component within the knowledge platforms of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The knowledge platforms form a robust knowledge base on international cooperation by supporting research and the development and exchange of knowledge.

NWO-WOTRO research programmes

NWO-WOTRO initiates themed programmes to fund specific scientific research that contributes towards solving societal issues. By issuing national and international calls for proposals, the best scientists and consortia are selected to come up with solutions in consultation with the requesting parties.

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NWO-WOTROs publications

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