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Land Degradation Neutrality Fund

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The LDN Fund invests in projects which reduce or reverse land degradation and thereby contribute to ‘Land Degradation Neutrality’. The LDN Fund is co-promoted by the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Mirova. It is a public-private partnership using public money to increase private sector investment in sustainable development. The fund invests in sustainable agriculture, forestry and other land uses globally. The Fund was launched at the UNCCD’s COP 13 in China in 2017.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-PO009-LDN

Start Date:

2019-12-12

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£10,000,000


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 6

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £26 million has been committed to 85 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and thirteen in 2019 and ten in the latest round in 2020. (more info here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/919053/iwt-challenge-fund-list.pdf): IWT076, IWT077, IWT078, IWT082, IWT083, IWT079, IWT080, IWT081, IWT084, IWT085

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R6

Start Date:

2020-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£3,417,064


Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund Round 5

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fifth most lucrative transnational crime, worth up to £17bn a year globally. As well as threatening species with extinction, IWT destroys vital ecosystems. IWT also fosters corruption, feeds insecurity, and undermines good governance and the rule of law. The UK government is committed to tackling illegal trade of wildlife products. Defra manages the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, which is a competitive grants scheme with the objective of tackling illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, contributing to sustainable development in developing countries. Projects funded under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund address one, or more, of the following themes: • Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT • Strengthening law enforcement • Ensuring effective legal frameworks • Reducing demand for IWT products Over £23 million has been committed to 75 projects since the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund was established in 2013; five projects were awarded in 2014 (via applications to the Darwin Initiative), fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, thirteen in 2017, fourteen in 2018 and in the latest round in 2019. This round of funding includes the following projects (details of which can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/811381/iwt-project-list-2019.pdf)): IWT062, IWT063, IWT064, IWT065, IWT066, IWT067, IWT068, IWT069, IWT070, IWT071, IWT072, IWT073, IWT074, IWT075.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-7-IWTCF-R5

Start Date:

2019-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,588,554


Fleming Fund – Country and Regional Grants and Fellowships Programme

UK - Department of Health (DH)

The Fleming Fund helps low- and middle-income countries to fight antimicrobial resistance. A management agent has been appointed to deliver: country grants 24 low- and middle-income countries, regional grants in West Africa, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia, and a global fellowships programme. These initiatives aim to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-10-FF_MA

Start Date:

2016-10-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£258,497,532.75


CECASL Power

CDC Group plc

Debt investment by CDC into CECASL Power for the construction and operation of a 50MW power plant in Sierra Leone to help tackle the country's severe lack of energy.

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F315301

Start Date:

2016-10-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


SCB Sierra Leone Risk Participation Facility

CDC Group plc

Agreement between CDC and Standard Chartered Bank, allowing businesses to get the finance they need from local banks to reach international markets.

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F313201

Start Date:

2016-08-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


CEC Africa

CDC Group plc

Investment by CDC in CEC Africa to tackle the severe shortage of power in Sierra Leone and West Africa

Project identifier:

GB-COH-03877777-F314701

Start Date:

2016-11-10

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£0


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Early Careers Research Network

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

This programme of activities is tailored for early career researchers in the UK and the Global South to develop research partnerships, strengthen capacity and build research skills related to joint UK-Global South research agendas.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-BACImECRN

Start Date:

2019-10-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,521,968


British Academy Coherence & Impact - Youth Futures

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The projects funded under this programme support research which brings a much-needed youth-led perspective on the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. They involve genuine interdisciplinarity, collaborative work that extends beyond the standard research model, and policy thinking based on close understanding of, and working with, young people at various stages of ‘getting by’.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-GCRF-CImYF

Start Date:

2020-01-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£5,760,000


British Academy Core - Challenge-led grants: Sustainable Development

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

This programme funds excellent, policy-oriented UK research, aimed at addressing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy. It supports researchers in the humanities and the social sciences working to generate evidence on the challenges and opportunities faced in developing countries and respond to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Academy is particularly keen to encourage applications from the humanities in this round.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-BA-GCRF-04

Start Date:

2016-12-31

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£8,895,000


Beyond the networked city: building innovative delivery systems for water, sanitation and energy in urban Africa

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Our research will develop and test improved systems to deliver water, sanitation and energy services to marginalised people living in urban areas. These services are selected because they represent the most fundamental needs of urban populations and are the focus of SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (energy). Our work will support the achievement of SDG 11 (sustainable communities and cities). The research will be undertaken in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Kampala, Uganda. The population in both these cities is growing rapidly, with significant levels of poverty and significant numbers of informal settlements. Current rates of access to water supply, sanitation and energy are low in these cities, with striking inequalities in access to these services between wealthy and poor areas. The rapid increase in population has led to communities being established that are distant from existing infrastructure and difficult to serve. Households in marginalised communities therefore have to access water, sanitation and energy from informal and often 'off-grid' sources. This includes, for instance, using charcoal for energy, dug wells or protected springs for domestic water and basic on-site sanitation. Our research will combine social, economic and political analysis with insights from natural and engineering science to understand how the infrastructure, management, finance and governance can be developed to improve water, sanitation and energy services. Our research is designed in five inter-related work areas. We will first establish a thorough understanding of each city. We will analyse how the cities have developed to date and how they are likely to develop in the future; we will identify which areas have access to formal services and which have access to informal services; and will we map the hazards and risks in each city. We will use data collected from official statistics to analyse each city and in Freetown we will use remotely sensed data from NASA to map the city. We will then assess the formal on-grid services, using data key attributes of the infrastructure to develop risk maps. We will research the attitudes of suppliers, policy makers and city officials regarding the challenges and opportunities to extend services to people who don't currently have access. We will complement this by looking at how informal suppliers provide services, including the technologies they use and their business models. We will assess the resilience of the services and research the perceptions of the informal suppliers about how services can be improved and what they see as being their role in this. Next we will work in four marginalised communities to understand how and from where they currently access services, how much they pay and their perception of the quality of services. We will explore what people living communities think would be the best way to improve services and who they think should provide services. We will use all the data we have collected about the city, from suppliers of services and from communities to develop a set of options for improving services to marginalised communities. This will use a 'Delphi' method that uses discussions to build consensus on which are the best options. We will involve policy makers, service providers and members of marginalised communities to develop the preferred options. The final part of our research will be to test specific interventions in four communities. We will undertake a formal outcome evaluation to assess how well these options work and undertake a value for money assessment of each option. We will also develop city-wide plans for the development of services over time. Throughout our research we will engage with local people, decision-makers and funders to ensure that our research addresses the questions they think are most important and to maximise the potential for our research to influence service development in each city.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-ES_T007656_1

Start Date:

2020-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£1,150,580.07


Building resilient health systems: lessons from international, national and local emergency responses to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Our aim is to assess the impact of international interventions on health systems at national, district and village levels and learn lessons for how future emergency responses can be provided in a manner that strengthens, rather than undermines, the existing health systems, and makes them more resilient. Research Question 1: How has the international Ebola-response, in its interaction with national and local responses, affected Sierra Leone's health system and its ability to respond to future shocks? Objective 1: To examine the extent, nature, motivations and drivers of the policy response to Ebola in Sierra Leone and their perceived effect on the epidemic progression and on health system strength and resilience Objective 2: To examine the level of coordination, oversight and regulatory mechanisms for the international response and explore their perceived effect on health systems strengthening and resilience. Objective 3: To explore what actions were implemented at the district, why and how, and the extent to which they were affected by (or perceived to be affected by) international/national actions. Objective 4: Determine the local issues which shaped what happened during the Ebola epidemic (e.g. structural factors, material conditions, cultural perceptions, actual behaviour). Research Question 2: How can international, national and local emergency response mechanisms be utilised to build resilient health systems in Sierra Leone, and what are the lessons for other settings? Objective 5: Develop conclusions, in the context of Sierra Leone, on what constitutes a resilient health system and how this may change in the face of an emergency. Objective 6: Identify lessons on how to respond to emergencies without undermining existing health systems capacities and strengthening initiatives. Anticipated Project Outputs: Identification of characteristics of emergency-resilient health systems to enable health systems strengthening to take place, in Sierra Leone and other similar settings, and how these can be incorporated in national health systems strengthening and development processes. Testing of findings against existing guidelines for emergency responses, including those of the WHO to identify the extent to which these can be expanded upon based on the experiences of the recent Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_N015754_1

Start Date:

2016-02-01

Activity Status:

Finalisation

Total Budget:

£463,713.69


Chevening Scholarships in Sierra Leone

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Assistance in line with UK objectives on Chevening Scholarships in Sierra Leone which enables students to pursue postgraduate study at UK higher education institutions, returning to contribute to the development of their home country

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-3-Chevening-Scholarships-SL

Start Date:

2018-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£544,838


British Council - Sierra Leone

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Contributing to shared prosperity and development through projects which support improvements in young people's education, increase collaboration in higher education and research and promote the development of arts and culture.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-3-BC-SL-17

Start Date:

2016-04-01

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,376,240.51


Prosperity Fund Global Finance Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Leverages the UK’s unique position as the world’s leading financial centre to increase access to finance for firms and individuals, promoting shared prosperity through inclusive economic growth overseas, and the development of new markets

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300452

Start Date:

2018-04-04

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£98,999,989


Pioneer Outcomes Funds (POF) - a programme to leverage private finance into high performing development projects using Impact Bonds and other pay-for-outcomes models at scale to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

A multi-donor programme to commission development projects effectively and efficiently using new instruments that facilitate better links between financial markets and providers delivering pay-for-success contracts.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300539

Start Date:

2020-03-17

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£169,609,999


Support to Adolescent Girls Empowerment in Sierra Leone (SAGE-SL)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To deliver improved sexual and reproductive health and strengthened livelihoods and Increased empowerment of adolescent girls in Sierra Leone. It seeks to reach the most vulnerable girls, hard to reach through other DFID investments in formal education and health services, and to tackle deep rooted and harmful cultural practices and norms. This will include provide 15,450 vulnerable out of school girls aged 10-19. A sub-set of these girls aged 15-19 will gain increased income generation opportunities through direct support for small business development. In addition, the project will engage at least 3,000 boys and men to shift attitudes and behaviour towards gender equality and establish 206 girls’ empowerment committees to support empowerment of girls in their communities. The programme will also aim to reduce the incidence of SGBV and Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGMC) in Sierra Leone.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300183

Start Date:

2016-09-05

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£4,243,875


Africa Division funding to the African Agriculture Development Company (AgDevCo)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

AgDevCo is a specialised investor and project developer focused exclusively on early stage Small and Medium Enterprise agribusiness in Sub Saharan Africa. AgDevCo deploys patient capital and technical assistance to build profitable businesses that contribute to food security, drive economic growth and create jobs and income in rural areas and contribute to farmers’ resilience to climate change. AgDevCo currently operates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

Project identifier:

GB-1-204270

Start Date:

2013-09-24

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£152,313,492


Saving Lives in Sierra Leone 2016

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To save women and children’s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of (reproductive, maternal, new born and child health (RMNCH) services. Phase 1 of this programme will focus on increasing access to preventive services (including family planning, water, sanitation and long lasting insecticide treated bednets) and improving service quality in line with the maternal and child health priorities of the President’s 10-24 Month Recovery Plan. The second phase will embed and build on the gains of the first phase and will increase equitable access to the improved RMNH services, whilst strengthening priority health systems for more sustainable service delivery.

Project identifier:

GB-GOV-1-300036

Start Date:

2016-08-09

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£142,322,813


Increasing access to electricity in Sierra Leone

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

To increase access to improved, affordable and sustainable electricity supply for human development and wealth creation in Sierra Leone by 2018. through a combination of interventions supporting hard infrastructure, institutional reform and operational improvement.

Project identifier:

GB-1-205188

Start Date:

2016-12-19

Activity Status:

Implementation

Total Budget:

£32,413,795




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