Contribution to the KFPE - Science-Policy-Practice Dialogue

The Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) is the central Swiss information, exchange and learning platform for research collaboration in and with the global South. During this transition phase, SDC’s support to KFPE will facilitate co-creation of synthetic evidence and debates on selected contemporary global challenges and enable KFPE to (re)position its 11 principles in the context of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Sector not specified
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
Agricultural research
01.07.2017 - 31.12.2020
CHF 345'000

The 2030 Agenda calls for joint actions across national borders, economic sectors and cultures for managing global risks and achieving a transition towards global sustainable development. Knowledge co-creation and dissemination is set to become even more important in the years to come. Transnational and transdisciplinary research partnerships which respond to principles of equity, effectiveness and efficiency are central to the production of transformative knowledge on complex global issues that is relevant for international cooperation. Thereby, such research partnerships help reduce the still existing imbalance between developing and industrialised countries in the academic and education sector.


To promote fair research partnerships, which are co-producing transformative knowledge on contemporary global challenges that informs development practice and policy in the context of global sustainable development.

Target groups

Researchers from Switzerland and from the global South; target audience of their research (development policy/decision makers and practitioners; donors, private sector, civil society)

Medium-term outcomes
  • The KFPE has maintained a broad-based platform for information, learning, and exchange on transnational collaboration with the global South.
  • KFPE’s 11 principles are (re)positioned and disseminated via specific initiatives in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Improved linkages, exchanges and co-creation of knowledge between science, policy and practice
  • Synthetic evidence on selected thematic issues is widely disseminated and acknowledged on the national and international level.



Expected results:  

  • KFPE module developed and integrated into the Massive Open Online Course on transdisciplinarity
  • KFPE principles integrated into the Research Fairness Initiative
  • Swiss Academies Report on Conflict Sensitivity and Guidelines for Conflict Sensitivity published
  • Facthsheets and Dialogue events around specific global challenges (migration and agro-biodiversity)
  • International Conference in the frame of 20 years of the KFPE Guidelines


Results from previous phases:  

Learning Events Programme for Researchers from Developing Countries reached between 15-35 persons/event and showed a wide variety of themes and topics. The feedbacks from participants were very positive, an impression confirmed by KFPE’s external evaluation done in 2015.

The 2016 Research Fair on the Agenda 2030 jointly organised by SDC and KFPE brought together about 130 participants and provided an appreciated opportunity for exchange between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Two factsheets published in 2015-16 tackling the topic of commodity trading generated considerable attention in the Swiss media. The accompanying dialogue event brought together national and international views of science, private sector, civil society and parliamentarians and led to a constructive dialogue.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Transnational research programmes and institutions supported by SDC (e.g r4d programme; IHCAP; UNRISD)
  • Bilateral programmes of SERI
  • Transdisciplinary network (tdnet) of Swiss Academies of Arts and Science


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   345'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   310'750
Project phases Phase 4 01.07.2017 - 31.12.2020   (Current phase) Phase 3 31.03.2013 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)