Global Engagement: Promoting innovative and inclusive approaches to research

An essential part of TDR’s work is to engage with the global health community to promote and facilitate the role of research for development and to advocate for the use of high-quality evidence to inform policy. TDR is at the interface between research and health care delivery and is embedded within the UN family through its co-sponsors (UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, and WHO). This unique positioning allows TDR to create a bridge from local communities to the World Health Assembly to enable the broadest possible scope of dialogue and debate across the spectrum of health research – from priority setting to evidence-based policy-making at local, national, regional and global levels.

This global engagement includes promoting a broad range of community-based social innovations that are transforming health care delivery, shaping the research agenda, supporting the translation of evidence to policy, and leveraging a global network of more than 7,000 scientists and experts who have been associated with TDR.

Partnering to mobilize resources and maximize impact

Our core programme work is supported by funding from our long-term contributors. Through funding we can provide an opportunity for a range of partners to collaborate on shared goals. Specific project funding is needed to further expand the scope and impact of our work.

We seek to increase our support base by strengthening current partnerships and building new ones. Examples of new partnerships are in the areas of environment, education, climate, and agriculture.

We will synergise with these groups, collaborating on joint objectives and sharing in successes. By effectively using existing resources and skills as part of a broader initiative, we can achieve a much deeper impact than any single organization can contribute solely to combatting infectious diseases of poverty.

Our partnership criteria

Partnerships must build on TDR’s solid core principles and values. The criteria listed below will guide us to determine the right partnerships, if they fulfil the following objectives:

Partnerships to address critical health issues

Partnership is key to TDR’s success. We could only accomplish what has been done by working with others. This has been a main tenent throughout our history, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by United Nations members even have a goal focused on this: Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


ESSENCE on Health Research is an international collaboration between research funders, development agencies, philanthropists, and multilateral initiatives focusing on research evaluation, impact, use of evidence, and improvement of health outcomes.


Social Innovation in Health Initiative, with the Bertha Centre, University of Cape Town, Oxford University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, aid low and middle incomes countries develop progressive access to health care.


Access and Delivery Partnership, with the United Nations Development Programme and the government of Japan, link with low and middle income countries to advance the development, access, and delivery of new innovative health technologies.

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