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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Cambridge Global Challenges facilitates the dialogue and co-creation between Cambridge researchers and researchers, implementers and end-users in the developing world, for the joint definition of research priorities and collaboration opportunities.


The workshop with colleagues from Namibia, Mozambique, Botwana and Cambridge gave me a great opportunity to learn what aspects of my research are important to people outside of my discipline. It also gave me an opportunity to get valuable feedback on both my research and ideas for future research.” 
Jostein Hauge, working on African industrial policy and global value chains at the Institute for Manufacturing  (Department of Engineering) and at the Centre for Development Studies. 


We deliver four research-definition programmes:

Read more at: Global Visitors Programme

Global Visitors Programme

The programme organizes meetings between visitors from Official Development Assistance (ODA)-recipient countries with a direct understanding of global challenges and individual Cambridge researchers, allowing focussed discussions about addressing such challenges. If you would like a Global Visitor...

Read more at: Civil Society Workshops

Civil Society Workshops

Facilitated by implementation partners in the Global South, the workshops present challenges faced by communities in ODA-countries from the perspective of their communities to the Cambridge global challenges community.

Read more at: In-Country Workshops

In-Country Workshops

Thematic workshops hosted by partner research and implementation organizations in developing countries, to advance the in-country definition of research agendas.

Read more at: Seed Funding to Pump-Priming Activities

Seed Funding to Pump-Priming Activities

Programmes supporting the first steps of research agendas jointly defined with colleagues in ODA-target countries.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the IRC's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Learn how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research here.


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