UK government to spend £1bn on development research in next five years

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:913
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Development research in the United Kingdom won support from three sources this week with the publication of the United Kingdom’s first five year strategy on research, new research funding, and the opening of the UK’s largest academic centre in the discipline.

Speaking at the opening of the London International Development Centre, Douglas Alexander, the secretary of state for international development, stressed the increasingly important role that research would play in providing longer term support to people in developing countries who have to adapt to a changing world.

With increasing food prices very much on his mind Mr Alexander said that he hoped more anticipatory research would help to recognise future challenges and how to deal with them.

“The number of people in hunger is …

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