The transparency and accountability field is one of the fastest growing cross-sectoral movements of recent years. A wide range of organizations are promoting greater openness on the part of governments, companies and other institutions so that the public can hold them to account.
But to what extent do transparency and accountability interventions lead to better human development outcomes? This is the important question to be addressed by exciting new research under the umbrella of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI).
The T/AI has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from research or evaluation institutions or consortia to develop a rigorous multi-year research proposal on the impact of Transparency/Accountability interventions.
The aim is to fill critical gaps in our knowledge about T/A interventions and further our common understanding of what works, why and in what circumstances?
The expectation is that the design will involve research across multiple country contexts and focus at least 75% on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The research study is expected to take 3 to 4 years, with a maximum of five years, and should focus on one or more of the following sectors: health, agriculture, sanitation and education, and/or sub-sectors therein.
Following this RFP stage, the successful team will enter a 3-month design phase to to prepare the full multi-year study.
The research will be funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and potentially others.
The overarching questions for the research are:
- To what extent can health, agricultural, sanitation and/or education outcomes be attributed to transparency and accountability interventions?
- How and why do transparency interventions generate change in these outcomes (e.g. through which mechanisms, under what conditions, and in what contexts)?
The RFP can be accessed directly through this link.