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Relationship with ARES/CCD, St Louis University Brussels and ACROPOLIS programme
The ARES’ development cooperation commission, previously known as CUD, created the GRAPAX and provided funding for its launching. Indeed, in 2004 the CUD was creating research groups in support of decision-making which proved to be innovative collaboration mechanisms between academic world and the development cooperation federal administration.The GRAPAX was one of the three groups created on this occasion, the two others focusing on (1) sectorial approaches in the sector of public health (GRAP-SWAP) and (2) education and micro-finance.
After a first funding and planning cycle, the GRAPAX reapplied with success in 2010 for a new research funding in development aid decision-making support, as did two other groups: the GRAP-SWAP, which meanwhile had become the GRAP-PA santé (Research group in support of Paris-Accra aid efficiency agenda implementation policy), and the GRAP3A, dedicated to agriculture and food security in Africa. This second funding cycle ended in 2014; since then, the CUD has ceased financing the GRAPAX. However the GRAPAX continues to pursue its goals as a collaborative framework of research, since its networking activity with academics, NGOs and Belgian administration officers is being recognized and appreciated by both South and North actors. Relying on its own financial means, the GRAPAX maintains its existence as a research network and develops a training and expertise offer related with its topics of intervention.
Furthermore, the GRAPAX carries out its decision–making support dimension through a new program, funded by the Flemish and francophone university development cooperation: ACROPOLIS (Academic Research Organisations for POLiy Support). Bringing together former GRAPAX and GRAP-PA Santé researchers, and extended to Gent University counterparts, it forms the ACROPOLIS group dedicated to “aid effectiveness in fragile contexts”.
The Saint Louis Brussels University coordinates the GRAPAX research network, as well as the ACROPOLIS project.