The interaction between biodiversity and development is complex and under-researched, especially in developing countries. The implications of what we know about this relationship for development policy are equally poorly researched and understood, particularly at the local level.
The Global Development Network (GDN) will launch, through a global call, a research prize on biodiversity and development, in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), with the twin goal of creating high-quality, multidisciplinary knowledge on the link between biodiversity and development, and of linking research to action in local development policy.
The three-year awards program creates a high-quality and high-visibility opportunity for researchers based in select developing countries to produce and disseminate quality research, especially multidisciplinary research, that is independent, of high quality, and policy relevant on the link between biodiversity and development. It consists of four competitively selected individual research grants of up to 24 months, one of which is earmarked for Francophone Africa, plus two additional grants for winners that successfully develop a multi-disciplinary project together.
The objectives of the initiative are to:
- expand global knowledge on the link between biodiversity and development through new, high quality research conducted by researchers in select developing countries
- support mainstreaming of the topic in local development policy debates and decisions, and evidence-based mainstreaming initiatives, through increased visibility of the topics researched and by putting an international stamp on quality research-practice collaboration at the local level
- convene high quality academic thinking from a range of relevant disciplines on the link between biodiversity and development, through the active involvement of globally prominent scholars, including French institutions
- mainstream high-quality research-practice collaborations between local researchers and the policy community, including civil society, creating incentives and formats that enable productive and sustained interaction between local demand and local supply of knowledge on the topic
- raise the profile and capacity of promising Southern researchers committed to advance policy debates on the topic
For further information, please contact Francesco Obino, Head of Programs at GDN on email@example.com