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This programme will help cities plan for and invest in reducing the impacts of weather-related changes and extreme events, through a partnership with the Rockefeller foundation and the Asian Development Bank, on 2 million urban poor and vulnerable people in 25 medium-sized cities in 6 Asian countries (initially Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Indonesia) by improving planning processes so that they consider climate change risks, for developing and funding new investment and infrastructure opportunities, and for knowledge and lesson sharing by 2022.
To work jointly with the industry group representing mobile phone operators worldwide, the GSMA, and its subsidiary Mobile for Development, to identify and support the development and use of new, innovative ways in which mobile phone technologies and mobile network infrastructure can be used to improve the reach, delivery and affordability of life-enhancing services to poor people in Africa and Asia. As a result of this work some 14 million poor people are expected to benefit from improved access to life enhancing services by 2020.
ISO 639-1 Supporting governance and market reforms that reduce the illegal use of forest resources and benefit poor people
Tackling global plant and animal health risks which threaten global food systems and health - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Working in partnership with BMGF to fund a portfolio of agricultural technology investments to secure global food supplies, with a strong focus on tackling global plant health threats through improved data, monitoring and delivery of new technologies in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
To improve inter-communal harmony and to participate effectively in the peace process by increasing the capacity of civil society, women, youths, religious and ethnic communities through the Paung Sie Facility (PSF), Local Insights Service (LIS) and Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU). It gives partners the organisational strengths necessary to do this work themselves in the longer term. The programme also supports greater sensitivity in government, investor and donor policy and practice to inter-communal and other conflict dynamics
This programme will contribute to improved food and nutrition security through effective agriculture interventions and food systems that make nutritous food accessible , acceptable and available to all, particularly woman and young children in poor households.. It includes large-scale studies in Africa and South Asia on the impact and cost effectiveness of agricultural interventions on nutrition and health outcomes, and interdisciplinary studies on the drivers of food choices which influence healthy, safe and nutritious diets.
AAWAZ project falls within the Voice and Accountability framework of DFID. DAI won the Aawaz bid as the Management Organisation (MO) in collaboration with six core partner organisations belonging to Pakistani civil society as well as a Pakistani and a British think tank. AAWAZ program aims to strengthen the accountability of the Pakistani State to its citizens. The programme has three distinct components: (a) Gender: focusing on enhanced political participation of women and their participation in larger public life without fear of any gender-based violence; (b) Conflict Resolution: by striving to attain social harmony within and across communities through addressing tribal, familial, sectarian, ethnic, faith-based or any other kinds of conflicts; (c) Citizens Engagement: in order to achieve better public service delivery by promoting active and informed participation of citizens and their organized groups, particularly in the areas of health and education at the basic level. The fourth and overarching component is Policy, Advocacy, Research and Results (PARR) facility to synthesise information and findings from Aawaz and to build robust evidence base around community voice and empowerment, social change, policy influence and government reform.
To improve the use of public finances so that they benefit the people of Myanmar. The expected results include contributing to increasing tax collection from large tax payers by 40% by 2020. The UK will fund a World Bank led programme to work with the Ministry of Planning and Finance to improve their ability to manage public funds and the capacity of parliament to provide oversight of public spending. The programme will also separately support tax administration, fiscal decentralisation, social accountability, and Myanmar’s involvement in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
To improve evidence on the world’s most protracted conflicts to a) deepen data on conflict and peace b) explore how conflicts are interconnected across borders through illicit flows of people, weapons and finance c) build deep contextual knowledge and expertise on hard to reach areas and d) asses how aid contributes to more peaceful societies, through security and justice, governance and addressing inequality. (The Middle East, Asia and The Horn of Africa)
To improve the management of water within and between South Asian countries, reducing poverty by enabling adaptation to climate change and reducing the risk of conflict over water resources. By 2018, 500 million people living in river basins will benefit from improved water management by reducing their risk of exposure to flooding and drought and enhancing regional security by improving cooperation between governments
The Government of Nepal develops and implements policies and programmes based on sound evidence leading to demonstrable poverty reduction and progress towards Least Developed Country (LDC) graduation by 2022.
The ASEAN Economic Reform programme is designed to tackle two fundamental constraints to growth – a poor business environment and underdeveloped financial markets. Improving the business environment is a key enabler for inclusive economic growth and can provide a significant positive impact on poverty and inequality. It will also positively impact companies in all sectors, providing a more solid foundation for international companies to invest and operate throughout the region. Broadening and deepening financial markets reduces the cost of doing business, increases financial inclusion and reduces constraints on investment, thereby increasing competitiveness and growth potential. The programme will operate in Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and is due to start its inception in November 2018, with some areas of the programme already being delivered through multilateral partners. Finance providers, FinTech companies and accountancy firms – where the UK has particular strength – are amongst those who stand to benefit directly, along with a wider indirect benefit supporting growth across all business sectors.
To improve adolescent girls' access to products that contribute to their economic outcomes and kick-start markets for products for adolescent girls. The programme will support early-stage, innovative business ventures with grant funding and intensive technical assistance, to ensure that their products reach girls directly and at scale. It will support ventures with operations in East Africa and South Asia. The programme will support around 90 business ventures and reach up to 200,000 girls directly with economic assets by 2019. This will contribute to both enhancing gender equality and female empowerement and to economic development.
Strategic Response 1: Increase access to quality HIV and health programmes Strategic Response 2: Support community-based organisations to be connected and effective elements of health systems Strategic Response 3: Advocate for HIV, health, gender, and human rights Strategic Response 4: A stronger partnership that is evidence-based and accountable to communities
Securing global wheat crops for food and nutritional security - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Working in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on two major co-investments in wheat crop improvement, DFID’s funding will increase the nutritional quality and disease resistance of wheat crops, building the resilience of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and contributing to global food security in the face of climate change, and emerging plant disease and pest threats.
To increase public understanding of and engagement in political processes, with a focus on women and young people, to improve the way the political process supports development, poverty reduction and stability in Bangladesh. Strategic fund with the FCO. In line with Business Case, responds flexibly to conflict and political instability risks brought on by to COVID-19.
The Smart Peace consortium combines expertise in conflict analysis, community dialogue, elite mediation, evaluation, policy influence and behavioural science to deliver targeted and adaptive conflict resolution interventions in Central African Republic (CAR), Myanmar and Nigeria. Smart Peace will share learning from practical experience to improve global policy and practice. The consortium’s blend of skills and the strength of its local and international networks mean that it is well-placed to realise these ambitions. The Asia Foundation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and Conciliation Resources have peacebuilding expertise and relationships at multiple levels in focus countries and internationally. The Behavioural Insights Team, Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, Chatham House and International Crisis Group facilitate targeted, adaptive and gender-sensitive interventions, and high-level policy influence.
CDIP is a two and a half year programme funded by the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF), a cross-UK government departmental fund to help fragile and conflict affected states. The objective of CDIP is to support the consolidation of democratic practice in Pakistan, through strengthening the capacity of its political institutions to be more capable, accountable and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Pakistani people. Consolidating democracy through enhanced inclusion and legitimacy begins – and continues – beyond election day. The programme will work closely with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP); the Parliament; Provincial Assemblies; political parties; and civil society. It will also focus particularly on enhancing the participation and empowerment of marginalised groups, including women, youth, persons with disabilities and minorities. CDIP will utilise its convening power to broker sustainable relationships that will bring together disparate groups in Pakistani society, and facilitate the building of consensus around the democratic process.
The overall goal of the GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub is to develop an approach that links the many impacts of human alteration of the nitrogen cycle on environment, health, food security and climate resilience. The partnership recognizes that historical specialisation across the nitrogen cycle has led to fragmented policy responses, often associated with little progress. The hub therefore builds interdisciplinary integration as a foundation to overcoming the barriers, which is vital to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hub will take this forward by developing better understanding of the social, cultural and economic barriers to adopting measures, technologies and lifestyles that reduce N pollution. It then aims to assemble the evidence, developing linked models of the South Asian N cycle. Integration of the models with measurements and social surveys will help to distil future visions that support the emergence of an effective South Asian Nitrogen Policy Arena. By linking scales from field, village and catchment to country and region, the hub will improve understanding of how impacts and solutions interact and how they vary across natural and cultural contexts (e.g. gender, religion, class). Ultimately, the goal is to demonstrate how the N cycle perspective can catalyse transformational change, allowing South Asia to become a world leader in championing a strategic approach to N management, as a step towards the SDGs globally. The hub has four key objectives: OBJECTIVE 1: To establish an approach that integrates the scientific, social, cultural and economic evidence needed for an effective NITROGEN POLICY ARENA. This requires evaluation of the current (inter-) governmental policy landscape, developing future visions and scenarios, considering options for N management, while recognizing the role of environmental diplomacy. Scenarios will link the key drivers (crop-livestock options, food choice, waste reduction, technological 'circular economy' approaches). The hub will develop guidance and e-tools to aid policy makers and practitioners. OBJECTIVE 2: To identify the solutions to producing more food and energy with less pollution, maximizing resilience and co-benefits, while minimizing trade-offs. The hub will focus first on AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS, exploring how agronomy, genetics and biotechnology could raise nitrogen use efficiency and reduce nitrogen losses. It will then test solutions with VILLAGE GROUPS across South Asia to provide a deeper understanding of the practical and social challenges. These will be complemented by feasibility testing of ENGINEERING APPROACHES to recapture and recycle N, with a focus on adsorption/desorption of nitrogen oxides (NOx), aiming to open up a multi-billion dollar sector turning air pollution into fertilizer. OBJECTIVE 3: To improve understanding and awareness of KEY NITROGEN THREATS in South Asia, including education through MOOCs. This will give special attention: a) to assess the effects of air pollution from the Indo-Gangetic Plain (highest ambient NH3 in the world) on HIMALAYAN FORESTS. The hub will assess ecosystem services (esp. epiphytes used for perfume manufacture) and deploy an innovative field NH3 micro-dosing system to understand the mechanisms of epiphyte damage; b) to quantify how much eutrophication predisposes reefs to CORAL BLEACHING and prevents recovery, sharing observational capability to improve understanding and inform mitigation strategies. OBJECTIVE 4: To integrate regional nitrogen flows and impacts in South Asia: a) to assess how much rural NH3 and NOx sources contribute to urban AIR POLLUTION; b) to assess the relative contributions of SOIL, FRESHWATER and MARINE N POLLUTION to human and ecosystem health; c) to quantify the two-way interaction between GREENHOUSE GAS emission and CLIMATE RESILIENCE. Integration will be supported by data harmonization, modelling and experimentation to support the Nitrogen Policy Arena.
Bangladesh, a country of ~165M people that is eligible for Official Development Assistance, is facing a major and rapidly growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, and neoplastic diseases. Unless the social, environmental, and behavioural exposures responsible for this premature death and disability can be controlled more effectively, the welfare and economic advancement of Bangladesh's people will suffer, exacerbating inequalities related to poor health, nutrition, and education. Our vision is to develop and evaluate simple, scalable and effective interventions that can help control exposure to major environmental and lifestyle risk factors, protect against NCDs, and promote health in Bangladesh (and beyond) in an acceptable, sustainable and cost-effective manner. To realise this aim, we will pursue four inter-linked objectives: 1) To create strategic NCD research platforms that leave lasting legacies in Bangladesh. We will build a multi-purpose population cohort to study determinants of NCDs in Bangladesh, encompassing social, environmental, behavioural, and biological domains across urban, rural, and slum settings. It will serve as a vehicle for: a) cross-disciplinary research projects b) capacity building and c) partnership building. 2) To conduct innovative cross-disciplinary research to advance understanding of the interplay of NCD risk factors, and to develop and evaluate practicable, feasible and acceptable interventions to combat them We propose a systems-level approach to develop strategies to mitigate NCD risk factors, mindful of complexity, context and appropriateness, including addressing gender inequality, cost-effectiveness, convenience to users, and institutional and social acceptability. Specific projects will range across social science, engineering, sensor development, environmental chemistry, big data, behavioural research, and public health. 3) To strengthen research capacity at three interlinked levels: Individual level: We will train 40 applied researchers (31 from Bangladesh, 9 from the UK), at different career stages, capable of sustaining excellent research and effective action to combat NCDs in the face of complexity. Organisational level: We will enhance partner organisations' abilities to access and interpret relevant research and routine data by producing 12 further researchers capable of: a) systematic reviews b) analysing complex NCD datasets and c) developing eRegistry systems. Institutional level: We will increase two-way understanding between researchers and policy-makers regarding the relevance of high quality evidence to NCD policy by focusing on the norms and rules which govern how institutions operate. 4) To mobilise partnerships between Bangladesh and UK centres of excellence We will use a variety of interactive approaches to develop ideas and relationships, eg: Sandpit, town hall, and other ideas creation events: From the outset we will involve representatives of vulnerable groups, community leaders, policy-makers and policy-influencers to maximise the likelihood of ultimate real-world impact. Research seminars and workshops: In addition to Bangladesh-UK research meetings, we will promote "South-South" collaboration around NCDs, creating a network of organisations in South(east) Asia (eg, Public Health Foundation in India, the National Institute of Health Sciences in Sri Lanka). Research exchanges, eg: to give direct insight into Bangladesh's contrasting rural, urban, and slum settings, we will arrange early visits for UK and Bangladesh collaborators to key field sites, partnering with civil society organisations and NGOs already working in these areas to enhance engagement and understanding of the communities' needs. Secondments at government (eg, Public Health England) and third-sector organisations (eg, RAND-Europe)to enrich experience and perspectives.