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Departmental Research

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what progress has been made on his Department's new research strategy; and whether it will commence in April 2008; (197726)

(2) whether he plans to publish the findings of the in-country consultations his Department held in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda on its new research strategy;

(3) what progress has been made towards widening the scope of his Department's education research to look at (a) post-primary education and (b) the links between education and the world of work;

(4) what progress has been made towards the development of non-medical research initiatives on (a) children's education, (b) HIV and AIDS, (c) the relationship between women's income and the survival rate of their children and (d) safer childbirth.

The new Department for International Development research strategy 2008-13 was launched on 22 April and it, together with 10 working papers, can be found on the DFID website http://www. dfid.gov.uk/research/newresearch.asp.

The working papers provide background and detail about the research to be funded within the strategy period.

The education and health working papers contain more detail about how DFID will develop its education and non-medical health research. Future open competitions for research will call for research proposals to cover these areas.

Findings from the in-country consultations have been published and can be accessed at the following link on DFID's Research Portal:

http://www.research4development.info/features.asp?FeaturelD=58