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CDKN supports high quality research which clearly responds to needs and demand in our priority countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. We value innovative, thought-leading research in the field of climate compatible development which informs and influences policy. Additionally, we seek to foster partnerships and support research capacity in developing countries.

The research we fund is implemented by a wide range of universities, private sector partners, NGOs and international agencies, who typically engage with relevant government stakeholders throughout their research. Project teams produce quality academic publications as well as outputs tailored for their policy audience. They ultimately aim to move forward global debates on key issues in climate compatible development, and affect positive change at the policy level.

How we commission research

We have two main channels for research commissioning. Projects sourced through an open, competitive research call process currently make up approximately half of our research programme. More information about the CDKN CCD Impact Research Fund process, which was launched in September 2014, can be found in the research call Terms of Reference. The remaining programme was designed and tendered by CDKN in consultation with our government partners. In either case, research builds on or compliments wider bodies of work in our priority countries, and under our four strategic themes.

Historically, a larger majority of CDKN’s research projects were commissioned through competitive research calls. In 2011, we ran four such research calls each with different themes and criteria. These were the Pilot Global Research Call (March), Action Lab Innovation Fund (April), Global Research Call (September) and Innovation Fund (October). CDKN has also funded a series of externally managed Regional Research Calls, focusing on Africa, South East Asia, South Asia and the Caribbean.

More information about our current and past research programme, including a full list of research projects, can be found on the CDKN research projects page.

We are not currently commissioning new research, but future research opportunities will be posted on the Current Opportunities page and distributed via established channels as and when they become available.

Researchers should also consider signing up for CDKN’s Roster of Experts.

Research structure and staffing

CDKN’s research programme is led by and sits within the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, and is headed by Ari Huhtala.

The CDKN Research Programme staff are:

The large majority of our research projects are managed by the relevant CDKN Regional Office; contact details of project managers are available on the project web pages. The CDKN Research Programme also draws on the expertise of ODI research staff for advisory and quality assurance purposes.

The Research Team of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) are consulted during the scoping and decision-making phases of the research programme to ensure that research objectives complement existing programmes and priorities.