Science–practitioner partnerships for sustainable development

by Rob Hope, Katrina Charles, Rupert Grafton, Daniel Olago, Mashfiqus Salehin, Mohammed Abed Hossain, Rebecca Peters, Ana Gren, Tassew Woldehanna, Muhammad Ibrahim, Emdadul Hoq Chowdhury, Mohammad Monirul Alam, Kitka Goyol, Rachael McDonnell & Anna Nileshwar

Science funding could contribute more towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Science–practitioner partnerships illustrate how a patient and outcome-based approach could improve water security for millions of vulnerable people.

Four policy insights are featured:

– How outcome-based funding models can be applied successfully

– Accelerating the transition from ‘science directs’ to ‘science serves’ – partnerships must be adapted to policy priorities in dialogue with government and local stakeholders

– Invest in long term, interdisciplinary and instrumented observatories to design, execute and evaluate results before scaling up

– Strengthen partnerships through targeted investment in resources and training for research agencies and policy units that link science with sustainable development goals

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