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Funding for development research

Calls for new funding opportunities in development research run by the Department for International Development (DFID) or our development partners.

Overview

This page is aimed at organisations and researchers looking for information on funding opportunities in development research. It lists in date order a selection of current calls with a research, evidence or evaluation theme which are being run by DFID or by our programme partners. If you are interested in working for DFID you should also look at our supplier portal.

VfM adaptation to the labour productivity impacts of higher temperatures in DFID Priority Countries

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest.

As part of this work we are committed to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Recent research (summarised in Shock Waves: Managing the Impact of Climate Change on Poverty; World Bank 2016) has highlighted impacts of higher temperatures on labour supply and labour productivity. These impacts could have significant macroeconomic consequences for developing countries.

We seek to find out what cost-effective (value for money) measures developing countries could take to adapt to address these impacts.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Monday 24 October 2016.

Corruption and Illicit Flows in Asia: Evidence and Entry Points

Illicit flows, the majority of which are generated by corruption, crime and trade, are potentially a massive drain on development financing and contribute to the perpetuation of corrupt practices and poor governance in Asia. By facilitating corruption and organised crime, they can contribute to and facilitate fragility and instability in the region and internationally. A clearer understanding of the types of illicit flows in Asia, the networks that facilitate them, their impact and potential solutions, is necessary to ensure the UK and others’ policy responses are appropriate and effective.

The purpose of this research is to present a recent and accurate picture of illicit flows in DFID focus countries in Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Central Asia, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan) in order to ensure that policy responses reflect a more accurate understanding of illicit flows, consolidating existing research and filling gaps in knowledge and evidence.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Friday 14 October 2016.

The role of domestic revenue mobilisation in self-financing, in resilience against economic shocks and in state-building: lessons for AsCOT region

There is growing international and domestic consensus around the role of domestic revenue mobilisation (DRM), in particular tax, towards the achievement of a broad range of sustainable development goals, including enabling developing countries to increase scope for self-financing for poverty reduction. It is seen as important for poverty reduction, improved governance, economic growth, ending aid dependency and stabilisation and state-building.

The research will improve understanding among policy makers and programme managers in AsCOT countries and more broadly of the available evidence on the role of domestic revenue mobilisation/ tax system interventions in supporting sustainable transition to middle-income status, self-financed exit from aid and stability.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Thursday 13 October 2016.

Research project on working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices

Faith and religion are central to development. Most people in developing countries engage in some form of spiritual practice and believe that their faith is important and enables them to relate to the world. The 2008 Afrobarometer survey (McCauley and Gyimah-Boadi, 2009) in Africa found that 81% of those surveyed felt that religion was “very important” factor in their lives. Gallup polls in 1999 and 2005 found that two-thirds of respondents in developing countries “give God high importance” or consider themselves to be “religious people” (Gallup, 2005 ), (Gallup, 1999 ).

This research is aimed to focus on the practical approaches that development organisations can take to work effectively with faith leaders on contentious, tricky and sensitive issues.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

Reaching expert consensus on training different cadres in delivering early childhood development at scale

Early childhood development (ECD) packages in their entirety can include provision of stimulation (and responsive care), health, nutrition, social protection and education for children.

In order to deliver ECD effectively requires training of service providers. Community workers have been the model for service delivery of ECD programmes in many studies. Two well-known ECD training packages are the Saving Brains programme and UNICEF’s care for development . However, when these packages are adapted to different contexts or cadres it may affect the fidelity of such programmes therefore not producing expected results seen in trails.

When considering ECD delivery through different cadres (and in different contexts); what are the advantages or challenges of using them for ECD delivery? This is an important consideration as the different cadres or contexts could vary quite significantly (for example in baseline education). We also need to identify essential components within the curriculum for ECD training therefore we can ensure these are embedded within any training programme; while being adapted to the needs of the cadre or context to reduce the efficacy – effectiveness gap.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Thursday 6 October 2016.

Disability and Climate Resilience Research Project

It is well recognized that the world’s poorest people are most affected by the negative impacts of climate change. Many live in locations prone to flooding, storms, landslides or drought, are reliant on climate-sensitive sectors for their livelihoods. They have the least ability to cope with shocks and stresses due to limited human, physical and financial assets.

However, the climate-vulnerable poor are not a homogeneous group. Within this population, individuals and groups experience systematic and often multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage that reinforce each other. These inequalities increase the vulnerability of these individuals and groups to climatic and environmental changes.

The research will explore how resilience to climatic shocks and stresses can be effectively increased for people with disabilities. This will support DFID priorities on resilience building, particularly in relation to climate change, and on reaching the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Interested parties are invited to submit tenders by 2pm UK time on Friday 30 September 2016.

Understanding the social protection implications of changing demographics in Rwanda

The East Africa Research Fund (EARF) has announced a research call seeking to understand the social protection implications of changing demographics in Rwanda.

The objective of this study is to consolidate the current literature and demographic data for Rwanda; identify longer-term constraints and opportunities of the current demographic transition through a social protection lens; and recommend priority actions to support both policy makers and development partners plan for Rwanda’s changing population and age structures and support sustained inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

This Invitation to Tender requires qualified suppliers to submit a full proposal for the implementation of the project.

EARF seeks to identify services of a research supplier with knowledge and experience in:

  • managing and undertaking rigorous evidence synthesis products and a record of getting publications in peer review journals
  • knowledge and experience of Rwanda’s social protection environment
  • knowledge and experience of gender social protection policies and gender analysis
  • knowledge and experience in secondary analysis of data sets
  • knowledge and experience in econometrics and quantitative demographic models
  • knowledge and experience of writing policy briefs to communicate with a range of stakeholders

Within their bids, applicants are required to set out clear timelines in relation to the milestones identified, to deliver the overall project with high quality outputs within the shortest timeframe possible.

Interested organizations who wish to participate in this research study should download the application pack (comprising of the Letter of Invitation, Terms of Reference, Instructions to Suppliers, Research Methodology Summary, Scoring Methodology/Evaluation Criteria, Commercial Template and Suppliers Checklist) on the EARF website.

The deadline for submission of the ITT proposal bids is on Friday 30 September 2016 11:59pm East African time (Nairobi+03:00).

Regional analysis of youth demographics

The East Africa Research Fund (EARF) has announced a research study on “Regional analysis of youth demographics”.

The objective of this study is to understand the implications of the present and future changes in demographics on social services, labour force and urban planning for four countries in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda); and identify opportunities for policy makers and development partners to maximise the benefits for youth and support sustained inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

This Invitation to Tender requires qualified suppliers to submit a full proposal for the implementation of the project.

EARF seeks to identify services of a research supplier with knowledge and experience in:

  • managing and undertaking rigorous evidence synthesis products
  • knowledge and expertise in econometrics and quantitative demographic analysis of secondary data
  • knowledge and experience of the policy environment in the EAC
  • knowledge and experience of gender policies (preferably in relation to youth) and gender analysis
  • knowledge and experience of writing policy briefs to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • knowledge and experience of data visualisation and strategic communications

Within their bids, applicants are required to set out clear timelines in relation to the milestones identified, to deliver the overall project with high quality outputs within the shortest timeframe possible.

Interested organizations who wish to participate in this research study should download the application pack (comprising of the Letter of Invitation, Terms of Reference, Instructions to Suppliers, Research Methodology Summary, Scoring Methodology/Evaluation Criteria, Commercial Template and Suppliers Checklist) on the EARF website.

The call will open on Friday 02 September 2016. The deadline for submission of the ITT proposal bids is on Friday 07 October 2016 11:59pm East African time (Nairobi+03:00).

The Agri-Tech Catalyst

This supports businesses and academia in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. There are 2 competitions a year.

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