To enhance availability and exchange of information on health research with and in Developing Countries;
To promote partnerships in research through international equitable networking;
To improve the relevance of health research for development through enhanced co-ordination with the health sector.
To co-ordinate the establishment of a database networking system;
To maintain and operate databases with relevant information for rational decision-making on health research and health care amongst European Countries and their partner-Developing Countries;
To improve access to European data on health research and International Co-operation on health issues, in order to promote optimal use of existing resources;
To harmonise and rationalise reporting on health research and development co-operation activities;
To conduct case studies on research issues and on country research programmes;
To convene meetings of the core group network participants in order to discuss strategic issues emerging from the SHARED activities;
Actively to promote the contribution and participation in SHARED of all actors involved in health for development.
* To bring together a critical mass of resources and capabilities of Member Countries (MCs) in the European Union (EU) and in Developing Countries (DCs) for health-related research and interventions.
* To provide a structural basis to enhance collaboration among the countries involved in international research and development co-operation entities.
* To provide the scientific community with better access to the various supporting mechanisms available for health research and practical applications of scientific findings, both in the EU and in the respective countries concerned.
* To promote a European approach in health research for development, based on mutually beneficial partnership with developing countries.
To achieve the goals, first and foremost a structural and updated knowledge is needed of "what everybody is doing, where and how". A reciprocal and gradual process of information exchange is promoted by SHARED.
The initial partners of SHARED will start by putting together information available on projects of their own national research and development authorities and of the European Commission. Because of the vast differences between the different data sets, a minimal set of "core" information will be standardised, while other information will be optimal and/or not standardised. Information will be published via Internet in searchable databases.
At the same time SHARED will actively search for additional partners and attempt to convince them of the mutual benefits of collaboration.
Several meetings are planned for enhancement of and reflection on the network.
SHARED will also perform several in-depth case studies; on the basis of the general information available in SHARED about a specific topic, country or region, a team of experts can make an analysis, draw conclusions and make recommendations.