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Research Into Use

Norman Clark

Funding: DFID

Started: January 1 2010

In the early 2000s, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) had become increasingly concerned about its research expenditure in the natural resources sector. Under its Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) it had funded some 1600 projects costing some $350 million between 1995 and 2005, largely in UK research organisations, but it seemed impossible to demonstrate how and to what extent the resultant “knowledge” had resulted in practical low income country (LIC) development.

The Research Into Use (RIU) programme was initially implemented in 2006 as an attempt both to “scale out” this knowledge and at the same time to understand better how to improve associated science policy. Innogen was responsible for oversight of the “Best Bets” component of the RIU, which was a series of projects designed to leverage private sector inputs into a sample of African technology development initiatives focussed on small farmers, and to learn lessons on how this type of development aid might be improved.