Multinational thematic funding programmes addressing global challenges

Addressing specific global challenges (such as climate change, health, etc.) with science and research needs well-negotiated funding programmes that allow transnational cooperation. They are not explicitly following science diplomacy objectives, but they can be seen from this lens as establishing common ground to find common solutions and to establish the relevant connections that are needed for science diplomacy (implicitly or explicitly) to work.


International Water Stewardship Programme (IwaSP) is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. The innovative seven-year programme (2013-2019) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society. It addresses shared water risks on a catchment scale while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and building their capacity to develop their own solutions. It was established in cooperation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and also supported by Coca-Cola, through the Global Environment and Technology Fund – it addressed several countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa on the African continent, Pakistan on the Asian continent and Grenada and Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

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Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA): The objective of the DeSIRA initiative is to contribute to climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in low and middle-income countries. DeSIRA aims to put more science into development considering that the solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are context specifics. It contributes primarily to the achievement of SDG 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 5 (Gender equality), 8 decent work and economic growth and 13 (climate action) and 15 (Life on Land).

DeSIRA includes 3 pillars. Pillar 1: Research and innovation in agricultural and food systems. Pillar 2: Research infrastructure conducive to Innovation. Pillar 3: Knowledge and evidence to feed policy design. For further information on the Pillars, strategy and governance, please consult the website.

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Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R): GloPID-R is the only alliance of its kind to bring together research funding organisations on a global scale to facilitate effective and rapid research of a significant outbreak of a new or re-emerging infectious disease with pandemic potential.

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Keywords: Infectious Diseases, Resources, Transnational funding, Development aid, Public-Private Partnerships, Water, SDG


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Marie Croce

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