SIID, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield’s Research Exchange for the Social Sciences and Research & Innovation Services, is launching an extensive consultation process to identify the “100 Most Important Questions for International Development”.

This ambitious initiative, spearheaded by SIID’s Johan Oldekop, Lorenza Fontana and Nicole Roughton, will identify and establish global priorities for policy and research in international development (ID) and development aid through a strategic consultative exercise.

With a new post-2015 development agenda imminent, this is a key time to help define the priority areas in ID research and policy. The “100 Questions…” project will be crucially placed to do so by critically engaging with the main challenges in international development.

Starting early next year, SIID will collate questions put forward by the leading academics, think tanks, policy-making institutions, international organizations and NGOs working in ID. This consultation will culminate in a two-day workshop in July 2014. During the workshop, representatives from the leading organizations taking part in the consultation process will vote on a final list of 100 questions, which will be published shortly after as an open-access article.

More details on the project are to be released in the new year.