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This programme will accelerate research and development for disease outbreaks (such as COVID19, Ebola etc) with the goal of preventing and tackling epidemics, saving lives and improving global health security. The programme will support the development of new vaccines, diagnostics and treatments for epidemic diseases and provide better evidence about outbreak diseases, to inform more effective preparedness and response activities.
A global programme supporting governance and market reforms aimed at reducing the illegal use of forest resources, benefitting poor forest-dependent people and promoting sustainable growth in developing countries.
The UK will provide up to £165m over 5 years in two phases of £82.5m. The programme will provide technical support on city and regional interventions in 3 focus countries, Myanmar, Uganda and Zambia resulting in increased inclusive economic growth and job creation. The interventions will help city economies to become more productive, deliver access to reliable, affordable, renewable power for businesses and households, and strengthen investment into infrastructure services, including from the UK.
DFID will pursue actions globally to improve land rights protection to: help ensure women and men enjoy legally recognised, secure property and tenure rights. To Improve information and knowledgeto facilitate the provision of clear, transparent land related information and knowledge, enabling rights to be identified, understood and protected. To improve private sector investment through the development and rollout of a standardized investment risk assessment methodology and implementation of best practice in land governance.
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.
The EdTech Hub (Educational Technology Hub) - Robust research and innovation on digital, data and technology in education systems, providing global public research goods and direct country support for effective decision making on edtech.UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
The Ed Tech Hub's mission is to achieve 70 years of business as usual progress in developing world education by 2030 through effective use of digital in education systems. This includes the use of digital, data and technology in schools, in ministries and at home to improve learning, efficiency and value for money. It currently provides innovative support, research on learning outcomes, direct support for governments and global leadership that the sector really needs. As a response to Covid-19, the Hub has pivoted its focus to reaching the 1.5 billion children out of school, convening and curating rapid evidence and advice for policy makers to use in this time of distance learning. DFID, the Gates Foundation and the World Bank are the donors for this programme. The EdTech Hub directly contributes to the manifesto commitment on girls' education.
The overall objective of the AgResults Initiative is to enhance smallholder welfare and food security for the poor and vulnerable in developing countries through increased investment in agricultural innovation and adoption. It aims to do so by developing financial incentives (i.e. “pull mechanisms”) for private and public sector players to research, develop, and deliver products and services that will improve smallholder agriculture. AgResults consists of a number of pilot projects across the developing world focused on either the adoption of existing technologies or the development and adaptation of new research and technologies. The UK leads on a high quality research and evaluation component.
An increased number of poor people, in particular women and children will receive better quality and more affordable, or free, health services as a result of Non-State Actors (for profit and not for profit private sector, civil society organisations and faith based organisations) playing a more effective role working as part of a health system. This will form part of DFIDs work towards tackling MDG 4 and 5 in particular
To provide support to innovative businesses with potential to transform the agriculture sector, in ways that generate tangible positive impacts for smallholder farmers (productivity, incomes, resilience), Through co-investment with selected partners, de-risk emerging markets for agriculture innovations and attract additional sources of (commercial or near-commercial) capital. Through an action research programme develop a strong evidence base for equity-type approaches to early stage impact investment to inform internal DFID approaches, and contribute to global public goods on impact investment.
strengthened UK-India global development partnership that will facilitate the sharing of development experience, expertise and policy positions
In line with the UK government’s aid policy and revised development partnership with India, the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth (ICRG) programme sees the UK provide world class expertise to improve the impact of the Indian Government’s $5 billion per year National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The scheme will help over 5 million people living in three of India’s poorest states – Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bihar – to increase their incomes and resilience to climate shocks. It guarantees 40 million households per year the opportunity to build small scale works (irrigation, flood defences, forest plantations etc.) to increase their incomes and protect themselves from extreme weather events. UK support will improve the design and quality of infrastructure built, increase the capacity of the government to deliver its own programmes and influence the policies of the largest programme of this type in the world.
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 deliver and meet FP2020 financial and other commitments for enabling 120 additional million girls and women to realise their rights to voluntary family planning by 2020 by holding Governments and service providers to account.
To provide more inclusive, accountable and open political systems which will deliver sustainable growth and development objectives and achieve poverty reduction. The programme will do this through working at global and regional levels and in DFID’s priority countries,demonstrating impact in four outcome areas: (1) Inclusion of women and under-represented groups; (2) Accountability; (3) Transparency; and (4) Evidence on the effectiveness of democracy strengthening work.
The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication.
The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment through locally based projects worldwide. The initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the biodiversity conventions. The objective is to to address threats to biodiversity such as: - habitat loss or degradation - climate change - invasive species - over-exploitation - pollution and eutrophication
GCRF-COMPASS: Capacity-building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communitiesUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The project selects 4 ODA partners to represent a wide range of different environments, types of conflict/fragility and different scales and facets of poverty. Despite their diversity, they all face similar challenges associated with legacies of the Soviet past; inefficient governance structures; outdated and inaccessible Higher Education (HE) sector failing to support national transformation and integration into a global resource environment. While there is higher potential for capacity-building in each given case, they all suffer from 'weaknesses in organisational structure and research facilities, limited labour agility, underdeveloped gender perspective, and weak civil society participation' (UNDP 2015: 158). These factors by far remain the prime contributors to enduring poverty, human insecurity and growth stagnation across the region. As such these cases do not only offer opportunities for facilitating lasting research synergies. Most of all, they may enable the development of a new sustainable and credible governance approach. The project thus sets to address at a minimum three core development challenges, in full alignment with the UK Aid Strategy, UNDP and WB millennium goals for the selected countries. This focus would also meet the needs for more intensive internationalisation, and research partnership-building for the UK HE sector, crucial for a rapidly changing global environment. The core development challenges include: - inclusive and equitable quality education - resilient and sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation; inclusive of sustainable cities and communities - reduction of conflict and promotion of peace, justice and humanitarian action; reduction of poverty and inequality, including a gender dimension In addressing these challenges the project seeks to establish 'regional hubs of excellence' across Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia to develop their specialist excellence capacity in three particular areas: 1) research integration and learning capacity by (i) identifying specialist research synergies and developing pilot projects to aid partners' integration into the wider funding framework area; (ii) sharing 'best practice' and knowledge for inclusive equitable education comprising staff skills training workshops, PhD learning schools, and UG/PG student high-impact research forums to facilitate linkages with wider stakeholders; (iii) developing internationally recognisable policy platforms (e.g. Caspian Energy Forum; Minsk Peace Dialogue; Eurasia Silk Road Diplomacy; and Tajik Cultural Diplomacy) to enhance the hubs' specialist profiles and develop internal/external linkages 2) higher-impact governance capacity by (i) surveying needs of public administration, civil society and business sectors; (ii) developing Executive Education provision for all relevant sectors; (iii) offering networking and skills-development opportunities with key institutions in Brussels 3) sustainable community capacity by (i) developing engagement with schools via pilot projects; (ii) surveying community needs; (iii) organising citizen juries with local authorities to enhance outreach and raise critical awareness. Project partners are selected on the basis of their inter-disciplinarity and specialisms to include EU Studies in Azerbaijan; History, Sociology and IR in Belarus; Peace Diplomacy and Negotiations in Uzbekistan; and Cultural Studies in Tajikistan. Each partner also offers linkages with all-level national stakeholders to serve as a 'hub of excellence' for knowledge production and transfer. EURAFFEX partner in Brussels would assist with skills training and integration into a wider European network. The principal aim is to enhance 'the hubs' excellence capacity; integrate them into a wider research community and mobilise them to act as 'nodes' for knowledge transfer across the region and beyond, in lasting partnerships with UK HEIs
To support partnerships to improve the quality and availability of data for development in selected target countries.
The programme will address the slow implementation of data-driven biology in Latin-American countries, which have invested in genomics and bioinformatics but have an urgent lack of skills to make full use of the technology. We will implement a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenges of relevance in Latin America: communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity. This will accelerate use of bioinformatics in lead institutions in the region, which will become hubs in a pan-Latin-American bioinformatics network. Our consortium of ten partners in six Latin American countries will be nucleate and nurture expertise within and beyond their national boundaries, and forge collaborations with UK-based scientists that outlive the the project. Working with researchers from these institutions, we will deliver: Research secondments: Scientists from Latin America, regardless of career stage, will join an EMBL-EBI group for 6 months to develop their bioinformatics skills. EMBL-EBI group leaders have identified suitable projects that span curiosity-driven research, software development, data curation and creation of bioinformatics training materials. The projects' outcomes will be placed in the public domain: Research papers will be published in open-access journals Software will be licensed under open source licenses Datasets will be made openly available (unless there are ethical reasons for controlling access) through EMBL-EBI's data resources and tools Training materials be given a CC-BY-SA license and made freely available through EMBL-EBI's elearning resource, Train online 'Train the trainer' workshops: small groups of scientists from the network will visit EMBL-EBI for two weeks to receive tailor-made training on how to develop and deliver successful bioinformatics training. Part of this time will be spent developing training activities, which our visitors will then immediately use by participating as trainers in an EMBL-EBI course on one of our challenge topics. This will enable them to expand their network in the UK because we will involve bioinformatics experts from other UK-based organisations. This will lay the foundation for our partner institutions to develop a network of bioinformatics training centres throughout the continent. Short courses in Latin America: Our consortium will deliver 28 short courses - one in each participating country per year. Initially these will take place in our partner institutions; we will then engage with new hosts in our partner countries and in other countries on the DAC list in Latin America. These courses will be a joint effort between EMBL-EBI scientists and local scientists, with EMBL-EBI's direct involvement reducing as local experience is gained. Some courses will focus on research management and management of research infrastructure; others will focus on development of bioinformatics competencies relevant to our three grand challenges. Elearning resources: a key factor in ensuring the scalability and sustainability of our programme is the creation of elearning courses addressing our three challenges. These will provide a shared resource for use by all of our Latin American training centres; they will catalyse the roll-out of bioinformatics education and training to universities, thus inspiring the next generation of bioinformatics-aware researchers in Latin America, and they will become an instrument for ongoing collaboration among EMBL-EBI, our Latin American network, and our collaborators in the UK. We will build on infrastructure developed through a recent BBSRC-funded project - Bioinformatics for Discovery - to develop workflow-based courses around each of our three use cases. In all cases we will incentivise participants from minority groups, including women and individuals from minority ethnic groups. We will include a diversity expert on our advisory board and create a mentorship network for underrepresented groups.