09/02/2016 - Article
A reference document on the principles and means of development through research, practised by France through its dedicated public organizations, which include CIRAD and the IRD.
• Le développement par la recherche : Une ambition française pour une diplomatie scientifique (PDF, 307 kB) (in French)
The world is changing, and with it, the frameworks and principles for decision-making and action that preside over our scientific understanding of how it functions. The emergence of global issues, which concern both North and South in interlinked ways, has made it possible to progress beyond the idea of development as a mere technical catching up process centring on economic growth .
Thanks in particular to the existence, which is almost unique in the world, of dedicated public organizations such as CIRAD and the IRD, France has for many years been investing in research for development. In a changing world, that investment needs to adapt to two main challenges:
i) the establishment and strengthening of global scientific communities capable of contributing to sustainable development objectives by bridging the traditional gaps between South and South and North and South;
ii) the building of capacity among scientific organizations in developing countries.
This ambition of development through knowledge and research centres on the belief that in order to develop long term and draft appropriate public policies, societies must themselves participate in generating the knowledge they need to imagine and build their future. It is based on the ability of countries to equip themselves with a suitable higher education and research system that is supported by the authorities but fully autonomous.
France and its various institutions have set themselves the following objectives:
The document Le développement par la recherche : Une ambition française pour une diplomatie scientifique (Development through research: France's ambition for scientific diplomacy) was produced by representatives of all the players involved in development aid and higher education and research, including CIRAD and the IRD, headed by the research college of the Conseil national pour le développement et la solidarité internationale (CNDSI), of which Patrick Caron, CIRAD Director General in charge of Research and Strategy, is a member.
It provides a shared foundation for all research and development players.