Life conditions have improved remarkably in most countries during the past decades. Extreme poverty is declining. More children go to school, and both maternal and child survival have increased.
Yet, almost a billion people continue to live in extreme poverty. Many more still live under precarious conditions. Inequalities between the rich and the poor are growing. Elite capture and unequal access to power and influence undermine democratic gains. Women’s rights are under pressure. Rapid population growth and lack of employment for young generations threaten possibilities for economic progress. Climate change impairs the livelihoods of vulnerable communities. Conflicts and insecurity hamper development processes, and mass migration creates both challenges and opportunities.
Knowledge is a key factor for addressing complex global challenges.
Knowledge is a key factor for addressing these complex challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals outline a broad development agenda for the coming years. Herein lie great opportunities for CMI and our partners to make important contributions.
Development aid agencies are redefining their role and priorities. Western countries have lost power with the emergence of new development actors and the declining share of aid in the capital flows to poor countries. Rapid economic growth in parts of the developing world and increased attention to global challenges that directly affect rich countries, such as climate, security and migration, lead to changes in development aid budgets.
The research landscape is also changing. Expectations for research excellence, relevance and impact are increasing. Competition for research funding is becoming more international. In the development area, greater attention to results of development aid ought to create demand for research-based knowledge. Yet, funding for develop-ment research has become less predictable. Research institutions in low- and middle-income countries are growing stronger, creating both new opportunities to deepen our research partnerships and new challenges to ensure we provide real value added to our partners.
We will work hard to seize the opportunities and rise to the challenges of a changing context.
We will work hard to seize the opportunities and rise to the challenges of a changing context. To succeed, it is essential that we cooperate well, both with external partners and with each other in strong teams.