Report: How research collaborations can foster growth


A mighty web: How research collaborations can foster growth in South Asia

Analysing the potential in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka


January 2015


The Economist Intelligence Unit 


This new report examines the barriers that prevent South Asian experts from linking up with research colleagues across the globe to create opportunities for collaborative research, and recommends action to address them. 

Possible solutions include creating opportunities for greater engagement and connectivity between the business world and universities, better funding of higher education provision to match research skills shortages, and increasing tax incentives or legal mandates to engage in R&D. 

Based on a series of interviews conducted with global experts in 2014, the paper aims to be a guide for researchers and policy makers interested in unlocking the region’s collaborative research potential.