Summary of Recommendations
In January 2020, the IGD put out a call for inputs to the UNSW community, with many colleagues responding in recognition of the importance of having a voice in this process. Like many universities, UNSW has significant and long-standing partnerships for research and education in many developing countries. Drawing on these experiences and partnerships, we made 5 key recommendations:
- The IDP explicitly references the university sector as a key stakeholder group, alongside NGO, the private sector and multilateral organisations, recognising universities as an important contributor to Australia’s global development efforts, innovation and thought leadership.
- The IDP includes reference to a Research for Development Strategy to produce evidence which underpins Australia’s aid policy and programs.
- Appropriate mechanisms are designed to fund and deliver on the research strategy and to support the use of research findings.
- A dedicated forum and other mechanisms are established for regular engagement between DFAT and the university and wider research sector.
- Reference to education in the IDP includes a focus on tertiary sector development and university-university partnerships.