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AIDEFFECT, Effect of Aid (2013 - 2016)

The Norwegian Government has provided funding via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) for a three-year research initiative. NOK 30 million has been set aside for research on Effect of Aid for the period 2013 - 2015.

hånd med spire The Primary objective is to contribute to a more knowledge-based development policy in Norway. It shall have a forward-looking perspective, offering policy recommendations on the basis of the experiences particularly of the past ten years.

Secondary objectives:

- To develop new knowledge about effects of aid on development and poverty reduction and how positive effects may be enhanced; - To increase understanding of the effect of aid within research groups in Norway and developing countries; - To contribute to research-based information that will benefit the public debate on effect of aid.

The initiative is designed to encourage academic research on Norwegian development cooperation, which employs a wide array of instruments. The programme should include a representative selection of these. Special focus should be placed on gender perspectives in development assistance, including the effect of aid on improving women’s rights and promoting gender equality. When relevant, both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research should be used to shed light on the research questions.