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To meet the most urgent humanitarian needs of conflict and disaster affected populations through provision of life-saving assistance and contribute to resilience building of benefitting households to withstand shocks.
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.
To improve the health of women, children, the poor and socially excluded in Nepal, including by restoring health services in areas affected by the 2015 earthquake, and improving the quality and governance of health services nationwide.
Improve the health of Somalis which leads to improved human development and economic development outcomes for Somalia.
To deliver 'family planning for everyone who wants it’ in all of Ethiopia by: (a) improving the availability of modern family planning services at primary health care units ; (b) reducing regional disparities in the access to and voluntary use of modern family planning services; and (c) improving capacity of, and domestic financing for the Ethiopian health service delivery system for providing comprehensive family planning services.
To increase access in Pakistan to qualtiy family planning information and services by those who would like to use it, particualrly underserved groups such as rural women. It will directly contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being, as well as to the FP2020 target of reaching additional users of family planning.
This targeted investment programme will expand DFID’s current support for family planning service delivery via quality national third party provider(s) – with a view to increasingly meeting needs of youth and younger couples.
To improve reproductive maternal and child health (RMCH) outcomes in Mozambique by strengthening community and institutional systems. This contributes toward the Family Planning 2020 objectives
To acheive additional family planning results in Kenya as per DFID's Family Planning 2020 commitments.
The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF), Phase I, was mandated to design, mobilize finance for, and build climate resilient, pro-poor and transboundary water projects. COWI supported the planning, design and capacity development across the SADC Region to support stronger regional cooperation within the 13 transboundary river basins and its population of about 95 million people. Water insecurity across these basins is high – with frequent droughts interspersed by flooding. Reliable access to water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture and industry is already limited, constraining human development and economic growth. Given projected scenarios for greater water demand (resulting from population growth and economic development) and more variable water supply (due to the impacts of climate change) riparian states are required to strengthen their cooperation over shared rivers to protect and achieve development gains. Within this context, CRIDF1 delivered, and CRIDF2 will continue to deliver, climate resilient water infrastructure interventions that include: › Water Infrastructure Projects Identification and development of infrastructure projects through the entire cycle from scoping, feasibility and detailed design, procurement through to implementation. CRIDF supports the in-country procurement, financing and supervi-sion systems for infrastructure projects that, once completed, would be owned and managed by national and local authorities, water/energy utilities and beneficiary associations. The projects are used as platforms to further engage stakeholders, introducing climate resilience and transboundary concepts into national and regional policies. Subse-quently the lessons and evidence from the projects are disseminated through stakeholder networks in an effort to replicate success, and mainstream climate resilience and pro-poor considerations into water management practices. Where feasible power supply is provided through renewable energy installations, such as solar; › Infrastructure financing arrangements In addition to funding CAPEX for projects from its own budgets, CRIDF mobilizes infrastructure finance interventions to complement the infrastructure preparation work. This work focuses on investigating and securing innovative finance arrangements and funding partners for the implementation of the infrastructure projects that CRIDF will have pre-pared. By doing so, CRIDF seeks to leverage the maximum available support to catalyse transformation in joint plan-ning and implementation of climate resilient infrastructure. › Technical assistance to stakeholders CRIDF provides extensive technical assistance to the relevant stakeholders, ranging from long-term advice to key insti-tutions, to a rapid advisory service to respond to ad hoc requests. Such technical assistance aims at influencing the comprehensive planning and management of water infrastructure projects in the shared river basin context; › Building cooperation The overarching objective of CRIDF’s strategic interventions is that projects should be transformational in terms of their impact on building climate resilience for the poor in southern Africa. CRIDF actively promote changing the ena-bling environment in which CRIDF and other climate resilient infrastructure projects are designed, managed, imple-mented and operated, with a key aim to build cooperation through regional climate resilient economic growth, thereby shifting the way decision makers think, plan, operate and maintain water infrastructure. › Strategic Communications CRIDF has a comprehensive communication strategy that aims at stakeholders are informed about the background and the results of CRIDF using different communication avenues. CRIDF has produced a broad range of communications materials to share their work to bring transformational change to Southern Africa through improved transboundary water resources management from written briefs, brochures, case studies video documentaries. CRIDF combines different types of written materials, website news stories, resource centre for downloads and communication cam-paigns for effective dissemination. › Monitoring and Learning Framework The CRIDF has a functioning monitoring and learning framework that serves a dual purpose; i) to provide sufficient accurate data to programme management for decision making purposes (programme monitoring) and ii) to monitor and scrutinise programme process and implementation to provide. The CRIDF monitoring and learning approach is based on the OECD DAC criteria of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. In addition, given the regional and facilitative nature of CRIDF the approach take into considerations the OECD DAC
The Nepal Health Sector Programme 3 (NHSP3) is funded by the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) through the Nepal Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP). NHSP3 is designed to support the goals of the Nepal Health Sector Strategy (NHSS) 2015/16 - 2020/21 and assist the MOHP in building resilient health systems to provide quality health services for all. From April 2017 to December 2020, NHSSP is being implemented by a consortium led by Options Consultancy Limited with Health Research and Social Development Forum International, Oxford Policy Management, and Miyamoto International. The programme has two components: a. General Health Technical Assistance to increase the capacity of the MOHP to improve health policy-making and planning, procurement and financial management, health services delivery and the use of evidence for planning and management b. Retrofitting Health Infrastructure Technical Assistant to enhance the MOHP capacity to retrofit health infrastructure to withstand future earthquakes
i. Provide comprehensive, flexible and high quality technical support to the GoKP to deliver the ESP, the underpinning JRF and their priorities for transforming education service delivery in KP. ii. Improve and enhance capacity and transfer useful knowledge, skills and practices to E&SED to build their capacity and improve the quality of education services and delivery. iii. Support and influence policy change and work towards ensuring forms are institutionalized and therefore sustainable.
The Mozambique’s Access to Finance Programme (MAFiP) is a 5 year contract wanting to impact the “active use of responsibly provided financial services by poor people and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that meet their needs”. Overall the expected outcome is to open the access to the financial services for the population and businesses of Mozambique and to work with the Government of Mozambique to meet its 2020 target of increasing financial access from 22.3% to 35%.
Our vision is to enable water security through developing and demonstrating a systems and capacity building approach that better understands water systems; values all aspects of water; and strengthens water governance to enable integrated water management. The Hub brings together an internationally leading team of researchers from Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia and the UK. Each of our 8 objectives is a step towards to our overarching vision: 1. Embed systems approaches within Water Collaboratories to identify transition pathways to water secure cities and catchments; 2. Map and understand Water Systems: (i) Collect and share data about physical, social, environmental aspects of the water system, and, (ii) Develop cloud services that provide information such as water quantity, quality, risks etc. to stakeholders; 3. Plan Water Systems: Reduce water security planning costs in developing nations with tools for rapid optioneering to quickly prototype, assess benefits, and approximate costs of water security interventions; 4. Value Water Systems: Embrace social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and economic values; and reconcile these values in a just and equitable manner that ensures the human right to water; 5. Govern Water Systems for all: Build capacity to allow all stakeholders to participate and cooperate in water security decisions, to enable a transition to integrated water governance that leaves no one behind; 6. Invest in Water Systems: Create tools to access finance and precipitate action by bringing together value capture and integrated governance mechanisms, to provide effective service delivery/business models; 7. Embed Water Systems and water security in the knowledge economy: Build interdisciplinary research capacity in all participants to tackle water security challenges beyond the initial five years of the Hub; and, 8. Lead in Water Systems: Continuously monitor, evaluate, and learn; and share to ensure real world impact, so the Hub is judged to be a global leader in water security by public, private, civic and academic actors.
The recipient of this support will be private sector, financial institutions and not‐for profit organisations or partnerships thereof. The ultimate beneficiaries of the services are poor, vulnerable and excluded people of DRC, especially women and adolescent girls, in the agriculture, renewable energy and financial sectors, in up to 5 provinces of the DRC.
Output 1: Increased access to and use of quality FP and SRH services by women, adolescents, and PWD Output 2: Increased demand for quality FP and SRH services among women, men, adolescents, and PWD
This Centre and working programme is designed with the overall aims of a) strengthening research capacity among urban researchers, government officials and policy makers in public and private sectors based in developing countries and the UK; and b) conducting systematic and comparative studies of urbanisation and the formation and differentiation of neighbourhoods in urban areas to address the challenges caused by urbanisation and large scale rural to urban migration in Africa and Asia. The Programme has the following Objectives: 1. Capacity strengthening objectives: a. To set up the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (CSHLH) centred in Glasgow with collaborating partners in seven developing countries; b. To strengthen and develop the research capacity of a long-lasting network of urban researchers in the UK and seven countries in Africa and Asia; c. To facilitate the development of a new generation of multi-disciplinary urban researchers; d. To achieve genuine knowledge exchange between the UK and developing countries, and between developing countries from different regions and at varying development stages; e. To develop innovative quantitative and qualitative research methods, and data systems for the study of urbanisation and fast growing cities. 3. Academic research objectives: a. To develop a comparative analytical framework to be applied in 14 case study cities and analyse the underlining social and economic forces of urban development and the changing internal structure of cities to understand the making and re-making of different neighbourhoods and the flow of people and resources between them; b. To assess relationships between city and neighbourhood characteristics, health services, and the health and well-being of residents, and thereby identify the ingredients for salutogenic (i.e. health-creating) urbanisation; c. To assess the provision and outcomes of formal and non-formal educational facilities and services, and establish the key ingredients of learning in the making of sustainable and healthy neighbourhoods; d. To evaluate the essential socio-economic and infrastructural factors which make healthy and sustainable urban neighbourhoods; and draw lessons from successful neighbourhoods in all case study countries and identify best practice in urban planning and community development; e. To assess the influence on urban change in developing countries arising from investment from emerging economies, including the influence of social, economic and political ideology and develop, through multi-disciplinary and cross-country comparative analysis, new theories and policy recommendations for urbanisation, and rural-to-urban migration in developing countries. The global trend of urbanisation and economic prosperity will continue and future urbanisation will mainly happen in the developing countries of Africa and Asia while slums continue to increase in many cities, reinforcing other forms of inequality. The management of ever-growing cities in Africa and Asia poses a major challenge to researchers and policy makers. This proposed programme addresses these urban challenges and core issues identified by the RCUK call. We focus on the following three UN Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in contexts of Protracted Crisis in Central and South America (ReGHID)UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The overarching objective of ReGHID is to improve the delivery of SRH and SRHR of reproductive age women (aged 25-49) and adolescent girls (15-24) in situations of protracted displacement, to engender both evidence-based advocacy and concrete policy proposals for improving coverage of SRH services and developing responsive and inclusive durable solutions for wellbeing and development of all. ReGHID will: - Develop new quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence on the impact of displacement on the SRH needs of women and adolescent girls in Central America and Venezuela (WPs 1-3) - Co-produce research with non-governmental and civil society organisations working with displaced women and adolescent girls to uncover the lived experiences of their right to health in relation to SRH, and the strategies of displaced women and adolescent girls deploy to meet those needs, including from public and non-state providers in places of transit and settlement (WP2) - Co-produce a holistic understanding of the pressure that the SRH needs of displaced women and adolescents place on local health systems in places of settlement, including an analysis of the resources and capacity required to meet SRH needs and rights (WP3, WP4) - Analyse whether and how health systems respond to, compromise or deny SRH needs and rights for migrant women and girls in places of settlement (WP4) - Co-develop with health service researchers, local and regional stakeholders a 'Comprehensive Healthcare Model', proposing concrete changes at local (public) health system level to deliver gender-responsive and rights-based services (WP4) - Co-develop and implement with key local stakeholders (including associations of women and adolescent girls, NGOs, and the OIM), strategies for guiding planning for the effective delivery of displaced women and adolescent girls' SRHR through 'the AGAPE guide': 1) Assessment of female displaced migrant SRH needs and SRHR, 2) Guidance in identifying and accessing services in destinations, 3) Assistance in processes of movement and sites of transit and settlement, 4) Protection from wrongs and harms that impact on SRH, 5) Enabling self-reliance and movement to durable solution (WP5, WP6) Research fieldwork and impact activities will be conducted in key places of settlement of women and girls from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in Tapachula, Mexico; Venezuelan migrants in Manaus and Roraima, Brazil, and Norte de Santander, Colombia; and places of return after protracted displacement in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras and San Salvador in El Salvador. The project will be delivered by an interdisciplinary and international consortium that unites leading academics from health economics, political science, demography and social statistics, international development, human rights, gender studies, anthropology, migration and public health. Participants are drawn from leading research institutions in Central and South America region (Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico), the Universities of Southampton and York. It benefits from the participation of key regional intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations including the Council of Ministries of Health for Central America (COMISCA), the regional office of the International Organisation for Migrations (IOM), Medicos Sin Frontera (MSF, Mexico), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and FLACSO/Costa Rica. Outreach and impact will be achieved through a set of activities in partnerships with NGOs and IOM embedded in their routine work and working directly with displaced women and adolescent girls throughout the work packages.
Beyond the networked city: building innovative delivery systems for water, sanitation and energy in urban AfricaUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The aim of the Beyond the networked city project is to enhance the delivery of sustainable and resilient water, sanitation and energy services to marginalised communities inn Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Kampala, Uganda through high quality research that develops a mixed economy model of on-grid and off-grid systems. Central to our thinking is that both on-grid and off-grid systems should provide users with the same safety and adequacy of service. Our research has eight key objectives: 1. To develop and implement new and effective methods of analysing service delivery across cities in low- and middle-income countries. This will allow the research team and its non-academic partners to determine the appropriate mix of on and off-grid delivery of water, sanitation and energy services to marginalised urban communities, and to develop dynamic plans for municipal authorities that incorporate spatial and temporal change in services. 2. To identify and demonstrate the most effective ways to supporting marginalised communities, and the most marginalised people within communities, to be fully engaged and active participants in making decisions about how services can be improved over multiple time-scales and demonstrate to municipal authorities and policy makers the advantages of such active engagement. 3. To co-develop and test local level improvements in water, sanitation and energy service delivery to marginalised communities in Freetown and Kampala that have the full support and active participation of communities, municipal authorities and service providers and which have the support of national policy makers. 4. To co-develop with municipal authorities, national policy-makers, communities and development partners, city-wide plans for the development of services in Freetown and Kampala that incorporate both on-grid and off-grid systems and which promote spatial and temporal evolution of services within each city. 5. To identify how to overcome the physical, technological, environmental, financial, economic, social and political barriers that constrain the expansion of formal on-grid services to marginalised communities in Freetown and Kampala. 6. To test the use of big data in developing service delivery plans for cities and to assess the degree to which such data can compensate for scarce official data and the degree to which it can complement official data in developing municipal plans. 7. To understand the role and business models of informal suppliers of water, sanitation and energy services in Freetown and Kampala and identify how these services can be improved and integrated as part of an overall mix of service delivery options operating in each city. 8. To produce risk maps for water, sanitation and energy systems in Freetown and Kampala to support operational managers and policy makers take decisions on risk management and mitigation in relation to both current and future hazards.
Using DNA metabarcoding and e-DNA, fine-scale field measurements of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and co-creation of Service Design and Applied Storytelling, this project will the focus on the páramo-cloudforest of Boyacá and Cundinamarca. Our multidisciplinary programme will answer the major, unanswered question of how best to incorporate and optimise the combination of biodiversity, ecosystem service, and cultural values within natural resource management. In doing so, we will transform the role of cultural heritage and human-environmental experiential knowledge within the design of land management and conservation programmes. We will achieve this via a novel trans-disciplinary approach focusing on four specific Objectives, under which we will embed core research activities. These Objectives are: OBJECTIVE 1) Define the impacts of land-use change and habitat disturbance across altitudinal scales on biodiversity, focusing above ground on birds and dung beetles (model taxa that play core functional roles, incl. seed dispersal and nutrient recycling), and below ground on earthworms and soil micro-fauna/flora (foundations of terrestrial food-webs, with core roles in nutrient recycling, soil functioning and soil health). OBJECTIVE 2) Resolve ecosystem service provisioning and their resilience to habitat and biodiversity perturbation over páramo-cloudforest altitudinal transects, focusing specifically on carbon stocking, nutrient recycling, soil nutrient and water retention, and landslide prevention. We will achieve this using both observational and experimental approaches. OBJECTIVE 3) Understand how local communities perceive and attach cultural value to biodiversity and ecosystem services, via a program of storytelling and community co-design workshops along páramo-cloudforest altitudinal transects. OBJECTIVE 4) Integrate environmental and cultural values for co-designed natural resource management, using statistical modelling frameworks not previously applied within the Arts and Humanities to cross numeric cultural values (Objective 3) with biodiversity (Objective 1) and ecosystem service (Objective 2) values, and translate findings via stakeholder engagement. In meeting these Objectives, we will provide the first unified assessment of how above- and below-ground biodiversity links to ecosystem service and cultural values. With direct relevance to the NERC Societal Challenges of 'Managing environmental change' and 'Benefiting from natural resources', this project will meet core strategic aims of the call including (but not limited to): (i) developing a baseline of Colombian biodiversity, structure, and function; (ii) exploring the linkage between biodiversity and function, and the value of that biodiversity; and (iii) achieving a much improved understanding of human/nature relationships and the benefits that community engagement with nature brings to human well-being in the tropics.