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Aiding research capacity - strengthening or abandoning the linear model?
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: CSA Sociological Abstracts, XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology - Sociology on the Move, Gothenburg, 11-17 July 2010, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is an unequal distribution of resources for higher education and research in  the world, & many low-income countries have difficulties building up research capacity & knowledge systems which can contribute to long-term development & poverty reduction. Many aid organizations offer support with the goal to improve research capacity in low-income countries, & this type of aid has increased since the 1990’s. The paper departs from an assumption that the research gap– as other inequalities– is problematic, & asks what dilemmas can arise in research aid. The paper begins with a literature review, & then narrows in on the case of the Secretariat for Research Cooperation (part of the Swedish International  development Cooperation Agency). I ask questions like: What methods exist inresearch aid? How is the link between research capacity & development portrayed? What methods are deemed successful while others are not? There seems to be general consensus surrounding the idea that aid-actors should support the building of research capacity. Furthermore, many aid actors have explicit ambitions of escaping a colonialist heritage as well as abandoning the linear view of science & technology development, but there is nevertheless debate concerning whether this is being achieved.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65993OAI: diva2:401009
XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology - Sociology on the Move
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-03-08

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