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Developing Countries: Water

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) projects and (b) research are being undertaken by his Department in its European co-ordinator role for water and sanitation research for developing countries. (220521)

The Department for International Development (DFID) co-ordinates the four-year EU-funded project European Union Water Initiative European Research Area Network, EUWI ERANET and is working with its 15 European partners to:

1. Collate and synthesise information on European funded research programmes in developing countries. This aims to support collaboration between existing initiatives and projects.

2. Review research management practice, and develop guidance on good research management. This aims to improve the effectiveness of future programmes and activities.

3. Identify thematic priorities as a basis to develop future activities, jointly agreed and funded by the European partners. Planning work for future activities is currently being carried out.