Enhance the impact of research in countries of the Global South


For IRD, enhancing the impact of research in Global South counties is consistent with an equitable scientific partnership based on the co-development of programmes and a spirit of responsibility and accountability towards developing countries.

Its commitment to a responsible innovation process is fuelled by increased awareness of the Institute’s contribution to the emergence of “common” goods, inasmuch as the Institute’s researchers have been involved in the preservation of local “commons” in the Global South (forests, water resources, soils, biodiversity hot spots) and in the creation of numerous “information commons” for a long time.

Consequently, responsible innovation and commons theory encourage IRD to adopt an approach that promotes differentiated solutions adapted to local contexts for its commercial exploitation activities.

In terms of training, the objective is also to develop actions in conjunction with partners, with a view to training future researchers in key sustainable development topics, and contributing to the creation of networks of research lecturers and researchers in the Global South.

Promotion, innovation

In addition to the commercial exploitation objective, the ambition of the promotion and innovation department is to strengthen research’s contribution to society and the link with businesses and the economic world.

Strengthening higher education and research systems through training

Capacity-building is a cross-cutting task, involving all of the Institute’s scientific activities, based on the belief that development entails recognised scientific communities, open to social challenges.

Innovation Campuses

In rapidly evolving societies, and to deal with the urgency and increasing complexity of challenges, scientific research and innovation have a key role to play to inform decisions and invent solutions which satisfy local needs.

CoLAB project

IRD, MakeSense and Bond’innov, with the support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, joined forces to create CoLAB, the first multi-actor collaboration laboratory for responsible innovation.

Cross-disciplinary programmes

SEP2D, AMRUGE-CI, Meet Africa.