For the SDC, research and innovation are not an end in themselves, but a means to promote sustainable global development and eradicate poverty. ODA research funded by the SDC produces new findings and innovative approaches and facilitates their use in practice. Some of the SDC's research projects also enable the impact of international cooperation to be assessed. SDC-backed research therefore helps reduce poverty and global risks, promotes sustainable development around the world and supports low- and middle-income countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Research findings inform development policy decisions made by Switzerland and its partner countries and strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of the SDC's programmes.
Research projects undertaken as part of Switzerland's international cooperation work have developed innovative approaches and cutting-edge technology to address global challenges. The DYNAMIC project, for example, has developed a clinical decision support algorithm to improve the quality of healthcare for children (see box).