In 2012, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) joined forces and launched the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme). In May 2017 Universalia was contracted by the programme to undertake a mid-term review (MTR) to assess and report on progress made in order to provide recommendations for programme steering and management during the second half of the programme 2017-2022. The formal and specific objectives of the assignment were identified as the following: a) To assess the progress of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) against the specific objectives defined in the r4d Programme Results Framework and to identify enabling and hindering factors which have affected the achievement of the set objectives. The MTR focuses on the output and outcome levels (effectiveness). B) To appraise the Programme’s management and organisational arrangements, including structure and processes (efficiency).