17 July 2014

The Consultative Committee for Development Research (FFU) commitments for 2014 have been published

The Faculty of SCIENCE receives roughly 43 percent of the FFU projects led by Danish universities. Of the seven new commitments to projects led by Danish universities, the SCIENCE faculty at the University of Copenhagen gets three. Another five approved projects are led by partner institutions in the global south, while two are led by the Danish Institute for International Studies.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the list of projects approved for funding under the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU), and University of Copenhagen lands three out of fourteen projects.

A total of seven approved projects are led by Danish universities, while the remainder is given to south-driven projects and two for the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). In accordance with the new Danida strategic framework for support to development research,  increased focus is given to south-driven projects, in order to support the capacity building of partners in priority countries. 

All three projects funded at the University of Copenhagen are based at the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the faculty of SCIENCE, a department rooted in the Danish traditions from the agricultural and food production sectors. The three projects receiving funds are: ‘Organic Cotton for Employment, Growth and Environment?’ led by Professor Arne Henningsen, ‘Property, Access and eXclusion (AX)’ led by Professor Christian Pilegaard Hansen, and finally ‘Upgrading Pangas and Tilapia Value Chains in Bangladesh’ led by Professor Max Nielsen. The projects will commence in 2015.

The faculty of SCIENCE has a long tradition of development research both as lead institution and as partners, and there are currently a number of research projects supported by FFU ongoing at the faculty. In 2013, SCIENCE received a total commitment of nearly 57 million DKK spread over six projects, with disbursements starting the 1st of January 2014 and ending on 31st of December 2017.

The FFU has a yearly pool of around 200 million DKK, though the commitments vary. There is currently no overview of the size of each commitment or the total amount committed to in 2014.