Roles and responsibilities in sei sida relations 2007 12 28 Preamble

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Roles and responsibilities in SEI - Sida relations 2007 12 28


The Institutional Programme Support (IPS, Sida Contribution No. 73000803) provides financial support to the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The IPS will strengthen SEI into being a Swedish resource base with the capacity of state-of-the-art policy support and analysis, synthesis, outreach, and cutting edge agenda setting. Thus, the IPS will further develop SEI’s capacity to provide the Swedish Government, Sida and other development partners, including other Swedish and International agencies, with knowledge and policy support on sustainable development issues. The financial support to SEI is SEK 17 million for the first year, 16 million for the second and 15 million for the third year. The Support provides resources to (i) develop research methods and pilot projects in the SEI cross-centre research programmes; (ii) develop and start implementing a number of SEI-defined “flagship” research initiatives that are of strategic importance to environment, sustainable development and poverty reduction; (iii) strengthen SEI’s basic capacities with regard to management and policy impact capacities; and (iv) strengthen SEI capacities as an international agenda setter.

The Programme is planned for the period end of 2006 to end of 2009, with final reporting in Mar 2010.

New additional focused programmes/projects will still be agreed upon between SEI and the different Sida departments and units, following principles of actual cost-based compensation. Information on the full portfolio of SEI projects funded by Sida is available to any Sida officer. Such currently ongoing projects include the EcosanRes, RAPIDC, the Ozone project, BioEARN, Tiempo, Climate for Development, and others.

Strategic implications for SEI and Sida relations

The strategic purpose of the IPS is to strengthen, and firmly position, SEI as an institutional partner to Sida. SEI thereby moves away from an unclear history of a mixed relation to Sida, both as an institutional knowledge provider and as a consultant, to a more clear independent institutional relationship. This is a transition that at the same time clarifies the relationship between SEI and all relevant departments at Sida. The IPS forms an important pre-requisite to enable SEI to successfully move towards an institutional relationship, which implies a stronger focus on strategic programme activities and continuous policy support, as compared to consultancy projects. Sida and SEI will establish a continuous dialogue on strategic priorities and key developments in areas of mutual interest.

All results, reports and knowledge from SEI work is regarded common property. As a part of its mission, SEI has a responsibility to inform decision-makers and others on its findings, recommendations and analytical tools, including to the private sector.

Operational implications of IPS support

In short:

  • The IPS is a core support to SEI, where the policy decisions on use of resources are made by the SEI Board. Sida approves the Annual Report and endorses the Annual Plan as conditions for funding,

  • The IPS does not replace SEI’s other thematic or focused programs/projects with Sida funding. Instead, IPS activities are supplemental and provide value added to them.,

  • The IPS will strengthen SEIs capacities to make in-roads into policy-relevant analyses of new or important environmental/development issues particularly in relation to poverty alleviation, and reach out with the results from the Institute,

  • The IPS establishes SEI as a resource base, working in the interest of Swedish agencies, including Sida, and where the full range of SEI capacities and competences can be mobilised to address specific policy issues, responding to needs,

  • The IPS provides a mechanism for Sida to request short-duration services from SEI on an ad-hoc basis. Such requests should be addressed to and ,

  • The IPS provides a mechanism for SEI assistance to the Sida help-desks, which can request short-duration services within SEIs competence on environment and sustainable development,

  • The IPS will provide services to Sida, and other Swedish and international authorities with synthesised information on global and climate change,

  • The IPS offers an opportunity for Sida to call on SEI to make presentations and briefs to Sida staff.

With the IPS Agreement SEI refrains from taking the lead or being a partner in competitive bidding for Sida-funded development implementation projects in general. However, in competitive bidding situations SEI can: (i) be a sub-consultant on a non-exclusive basis in Sida-funded consultant work led by others; (ii) make proposals and implement Sida-funded capacity building projects after discussions with Sida on a case by case basis; (iii) compete for research funding; (iv) provide paid advisory services for non-Swedish governments, multilateral organisations, private sector and lower than national level governments, councils or boards (regional, municipal, etc); and (v) provide paid advisory services to Swedish ministries and government agencies other than Sida, provided that the other Swedish government agency is informed that SEI may have a competitive advantage gained through a grant from Sida. In non-competitive bidding situations, SEI is free to take on any assignment.

Sida will provide opportunities of strategic importance to SEI to act, e.g invite SEI to important meetings or for participation in working groups of relevance.

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