« The first mission of the IRD and its network abroad and in the French overseas territories is to contribute through research to the emergence, strengthening and empowerment of scientific communities and higher education and research systems in the countries in which it operates, while striving to respond to the population’s requirements » The Strategic Direction Plan for 2016-2030 (POS).
In 2016, the project to develop the network of IRD representatives abroad and in the French overseas territories thus came to fruition. This reorganisation will make it possible to adapt our operating methods to the level of development of our partner countries and the maturity of their higher education and research set-ups, while promoting benchmark research centres in developing countries.
The project drew on a series of internal consultations (representatives from the Institute, its research units and head office departments) and on input from institutions such as AFD, Cirad, CNRS, and the ministry of foreign affairs and international development. It aims to establish:
A major step in the development of the network came in late 2016 with the recruitment and appointment of 20 delegate representatives and focal point managers.