Sustainable Mekong Research Network (Sumernet) is a programme intended to build a long-term research network that informs and influences policy development on sustainable development issues in the Mekong Region. Launched in 2005 with support from the Swedish government, Sumernet grew to include 14 member institutes in the first phase and has successfully catalyzed research on a number of critical development challenges in the Mekong Region. The Goal of Sumernet is to achieve sustainable development in the Mekong Region catalyzed by strengthening knowledge-based policy processes.
Sumernet Phase 2 will continue to contribute to this long-term goal of the region in its new phase of 3 years (2010-2012) by putting knowledge-based policy engagement at the heart of its activities. Building on the research collaboration established in Phase 1, the network will constructively engage with policy processes to understand how researchers can provide policy-relevant knowledge that is available to and understood by policy makers in the region. Sumernet research will help to build this network as a knowledge-based policy engagement platform; both benefiting and being contributed to the research partners. Sumernet expects to achieve long-term innovative partnerships among research institutions, knowledge users and policy makers at different levels and in different sectors by catalyzing the formation of a regional think tank to support policies of sustainability of the region.
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a 5 year (2010-2015) programme funded by the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) to support developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Research under the CDKN is designed to link closely with the wider goals of CDKN in assisting developing country governments with expanding understanding and achieving policy changes needed for Climate Compatible Development.Initial discussions with policy makers have revealed that robust, high quality evidence on climate and development is often unavailable in the right format and detail when needed. The CDKN aims to address some of the bigger research gaps, listening closely to demands and interests of those who are most in need of this assistance. The CDKN Research Output’s guiding principles are therefore to design high quality research on climate and development, ensuring that it is ‘demand-led’ and considered a priority by developing country policy makers.