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Responsible Accountable and Transparent Enterprise - RATE

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

DFID will provide £30.3m from July 2014 to March 2020 to help multinational and local businesses manage the social and environmental implications of their actions, and be accountable for the consequences for poor workers and communities who may be affected by them. This programme will engage with partners across a range of responsible business approaches, such as voluntary standards, company reporting, and human rights and gender impact assessments, in order to improve enterprises’ social and environmental risk management, and their accountability, transparency and openness to participation. In particular, the programme will work with the private sector to implement a mix of influencing and international coordination initiatives which tackle the root causes of modern slavery and child labour and support its victims.

Project Identifier: GB-1-203448
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 08-09-2014
Total Budget: £30,259,993

Anti Corruption Evidence ' ACE' Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) programme will deliver new, practical research on 'what works' to tackle corruption in developing countries. Uptake of this new research by DFID and its partners will mean mean that anti-corruption initiatives are more effective and so corruption and leakage are measurably reduced. ACE will focus in 3-4 DFID priority countries drawn from a short list including Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Nigeria; and Bangladesh.

Project Identifier: GB-1-203752
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 11-02-2015
Total Budget: £13,891,806

British Academy - Global Challenge Research Fund

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The objective of the Global Challenges Research Fund is to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries. This fund will harness the expertise of the UK’s research base to pioneer new ways of tackling global challenges such as in strengthening resilience and response to crises; promoting global prosperity; and tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable.”

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-BA-GCRF
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-04-2015
Budget: £13,475,250

International Development Support Project

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

To engage with China on developmental issues on international poverty reduction in order to develop a shared agenda on innovative activities that expose aid practitioners to new and effective approaches to international development, including addressing demand from other developing countries for lessons from China's development experience.

Project Identifier: GB-1-203174
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 08-02-2012
Total Budget: £9,999,995

Research

Sightsavers

Sightsavers’ research function focuses on funding research projects across all themes and technical expertise to research and evidence generation

Project Identifier: GB-CHC-207544-55RES
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £4,584,295

Self-recovery housing for development: scaling up crisis preparedness and humanitarian shelter response

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The strategic aim of this project is to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of a humanitarian shelter approach that supports families and communities in their self-recovery pathways, to develop practical approaches and build capacity. There is one over-arching objective to: 1. Co-develop best-practice guidance for the support of the self-recovery process that allows families to exercise the primacy of their own agency and choice in the pursuance of their own self-recovery pathway. This is supported by five practical objectives that will result in demonstrable outputs and impact: I. Develop. Develop tools and guidance for the implementation of disaster responses that support self-recovery; further refine existing protocol and adapt for preparedness and disaster risk reduction. II. Test. Further test the 'Informing Choice for Better Shelter' protocol that supports the rapid development of contextualised technical information for families and local builders (originally piloted in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai 2019); trial and test methodological approaches to community-led context analysis, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) specifically adapted to self-recovery. III. Adapt and learn. In recognition that a self-recovery approach to shelter after disasters is a relatively new modality, continue research activities to enhance our understanding and experience; in particular this will be in the form of 'action research' or 'real time research', directly supporting aid agency country offices and the country-level Shelter Clusters in the development of response strategies that support families' self-recovery efforts; continue the development of 'country profiles' in at least two more countries that describe the local building cultures and social contexts within which recovery occurs (led by CRAterre, a French research organisation recognised as global experts in vernacular construction). IV. Train. In partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), co-leads with UNHCR of the humanitarian coordination Global Shelter Cluster, hold regional training seminars on the theory and practice of self-recovery. V. Disseminate. Disseminate the findings and outputs of the project through a number of different channels. A key vehicle for dissemination and peer-review is the Supporting Self-recovery Working Group, an integrated part of the Global Shelter Cluster. This ensures peer acceptance and scrutiny of our work and an immediate channel to the wider shelter community. Other dissemination outlets will be through self-publication, blogs, articles, conference papers and more. All outputs will be open access.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-EP_T015160_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £690,143

South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

SARChi is an initiative of the South African Government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation within the South African National system of innovation. It attracts and retains leading scientists into the local university system and strengthens research collaborations between universities and industries.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-ZARC-542
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £493,416

Jordan- UK El Hassan Research Chair

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Jordan – UK El Hassan bin Talal Research Chair in Sustainability is a joint initiative between the British Academy and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS). Its aim is to enhance the research and innovation capacity of Jordan for long-term sustainable development. The initiative is supported by the Newton-Khalidi Fund. This call is open to applicants with established expertise in any area relevant to the challenges of sustainability, particularly in the context of Jordan. Such areas could relate to, but need not necessarily be limited to: food security, water, energy and the environment, cities and infrastructure, climate change, sustainable livelihoods, health and well-being, migration and displacement, inequalities, and education. Specific objectives include expanding research and innovation capacity within the social sciences and humanities in Jordan with a particular focus on the area of sustainable development and issues of relevance and importance to the local context; and improving Jordan’s international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to socio-economic challenges in the country.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-JORC-1007
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £480,000

Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The present project proposes a multi-purpose platform (MPP), integrating offshore renewable energy and, closely co-located, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems. Previous European projects (Blue Growth projects, see Case for Support) have focused on farms of large MPPs (MW-scale), while the present call for proposal focus on devices for island communities. In China, previous projects such as the Daguan (2012), the Dawanshan (2015), and the Sehngshan isolated hybrid power demonstration stations, have focused on multi-energy platforms, but these were based onshore, and did not integrate aquaculture systems. Therefore, the present island community scenario poses novel, multidisciplinary challenges, not investigated before. The main aim of this project is to develop a fundamental, multidisciplinary understanding to tackle the challenges arising from the integration of offshore renewable energy devices and aquaculture systems, closely co-located. The first objective (WP1) is to identify and rank the most suitable technologies for the island community scenario specified by the present call. At present, several wind turbine and wave energy technologies are available, as well as aquaculture systems - therefore it is needed to narrow down the technology scope in order to focus the analysis methodologies developed in the following WPs. Linked to this, an identification of the main cross-disciplinary questions is performed: e.g. "What is the impact of the noise generated by the renewable energy devices on the (closely co-located) aquaculture species growth rate? How the dynamic response of a floating hybrid wind-wave energy device will change when an aquaculture system is integrated with it?" These questions will force the following work packages to adopt a whole-system, multidisciplinary approach when developing their methodologies. The second objective is to develop an understanding of the MPP coupled aero-hydro-servo-structural dynamics, as well as the strategies to manage the energy production, consumption, and storage (WP2,3,4) (technological), and this is done in tight collaboration with the socio-economic-environmental analyses of the MPP (WP5,6). The focus of this objective is not in furthering the fundamental understanding of the single technologies (wind, wave, solar, aquaculture), but in tackling the novel challenges arising, in the different disciplines, from the integration of these technologies. The third objective (WP7) is to perform a synthesis of the previous analyses, developing a cross-disciplinary approach, and performing a cross-disciplinary interactions analysis. The interfaces between the several MPP subsystems will be mapped, and ranked in order of importance. This will allow a deeper understanding of the most important cross-disciplinary coupling, crucial to prevent by design potential conflicts between, for example, the aquaculture system and the renewable energy devices requirements. This approach will be also used to maximise the socio-economic benefit opportunities offered by the MPP platform. The fourth objective is to demonstrate the capabilities of the new understanding developed in the previous steps through case studies, focusing on a Chinese island community (WP8). An overarching objective is to ensure that all the projects funded under the same call will collaborate in maximising the impact of these EPSRC/NERC/NSFC funds, to maximise the collaboration between the British and Chinese institutions, to disseminate the results, and to engage with the potential stakeholders.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-EP_R007497_2
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £408,263

Time, Culture and Identity: the co-creation of historical research and co-development of visitor experience in China and the UK

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Our primary objective is to deliver a two-strand research project linking collaborative international research work on a unique Chinese collection of British-built 17-18thc clocks. These also form the case study for a significant piece of work of co-designed digital interpretation. With this linked dual approach, we unite the arts and humanities (history of technology in international context) with the capabilities of new digital media, serving in the process to understand the opportunities for new collaborations with Chinese companies and institutions. Both China and the UK see Creative Industries as central to future economic growth and social and cultural development and for the transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy. The two nations are at different points within this transition and define the sector and its intersection with the digital economy differently. Both see the role of cultural organisations as pivotal to the development of their respective creative economies, but within the cultural sector there are also significant differences in interpretation, audience engagement and technology implementation which will inform this project. The UK's cultural institutions and creative companies lead in the development of globally renowned exhibitions and galleries, supporting their development through creative research and research into audiences. Our museums and designers are at the cutting edge of international exhibition design, object interpretation and audience research, focusing many of their interpretative approaches on compelling narratives and historical artefacts. China's museums and galleries are growing fast - particularly in the field of science and technology - and are seeking strategies to move from object-based display to more engaging visitor experiences. In China, digital technologies are predominantly used to recreate and replicate other spaces, places and times. Virtual tours of historic and cultural sites have become a widespread feature of the museum sector. The past 5 years have seen digital companies in China beginning to use digital reproduction to connect Chinese audiences to international collections. Our ambition is that this project will enable companies to build stronger links and support understanding across the creative industries in the UK and in China; that it will make a major contribution towards understanding the contexts and interests of museum audiences in both countries; and that it will lead to the development of digital cultural resources to support the interpretation of heritage for new Chinese audiences. To that end we deliver these subordinate objectives: - Build relationships and understanding between UK/China creative companies and the museums through two workshop activities - Facilitate knowledge exchange between historians, museum professionals and those working in the History of Science and Technology, especially in the history of time measurement and scientific instruments more generally - Share the process, methods and experience online, through appropriate platforms in UK and China, for others to learn from - Create guidelines for creating digital heritage products in UK/China - Develop prototype digital experiences which build on knowledge and cultivate interpretation techniques for cultural heritage in different contexts - Develop collaborative research papers and conferences and talks to build knowledge exchange beyond the project

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-AH_S003533_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £201,074

Community, Science and Education: An interdisciplinary perspective for facing ecological crises in Mexico and South America

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This proposal has six objectives, each one is elaborated below in turn. 1) Network across researchers (from Sciences and Education), policy makers, teachers and communities facing acute ecological issues. This networking will include connections with local and international organizations, including the Commission of Human Rights in Mexico, Latin American Water Tribune and UNESCO. We have named communities with whom we will be working in the first instance and with whom we have existing contacts. Networking will take place via three different kinds of meetings: network plenary meetings; immersion meetings; dissemination meetings. The plenary meetings will last of 2 to 3 days in Mexico City, for the whole network, including International collaborators. Immersion meetings will take place for 2 days, within our focus communities. There will generally be a group of seven network members attending these meetings and joining with a range of other community and school representatives and leaders. Dissemination meetings will take place largely in the form of workshops for teachers and events for policy makers. 2) Develop mathematics and science education responses which prepare marginalised communities for preventing and responding to environmental crises, particularly water crises. A key purpose of our networking activities is to generate a local and appropriate educational response, sensitive to the issues of concern within each community with whom we work. In other words, network meetings will have a practical and accountable aim, to lead to ideas and materials appropriate for classroom, or teacher education use. 3) Disseminate training (focusing on Mexican, South American and other international teams and organizations interested in related issues). After the phase of immersing ourselves within communities and then coming together to share experiences at plenary conferences, we will then prepare workshops for teachers, to support curriculum and classroom innovation. There will be two cycles of these activities, in year 1 focused on two rural and two urban communities and in year 2, expanding to six further communities in the same areas and engaging with international colleagues. 4) Construct recommendations for curricular policies, teacher training, professional development and teaching strategies. These recommendations will be at two levels; one linked to the particular communities and issues in focus (i.e., initially dealing with water and environmental problems at urban and rural communities in Mexico, but then broadening to other communities in Mexico and beyond); and a second, focused on the methodology of interdisciplinary, community approaches relevant for facing ecological problems in Mexico and South America more generally. 5) Engage with policy makers in Mexico and beyond. From the start of the life of the network, we will be alerting national policy makers in Mexico and inviting them to plenary events. There are specific dissemination activities planned for year 2 which will target policy makers, with the aim of recommending policy change that allows the kind of curriculum and classroom practice that emerges through the network's activities. 6) Build a sustainable Network across other countries in South America. Once we have experience of working within our two initial communities, we will begin the process of using what we have learnt to construct a funding bid to sustain the network beyond the life of this funding. There will be opportunities for adding a research element to the work, particularly if network meetings provide us with some evidence of impact. We have also identified the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship (UK) and National Council of Science and Technology (Mexico) as possible sources of funding we will pursue, which would allow a continued knowledge exchange across network members.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-EP_T003545_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £111,415

Newton Advanced Fellowships (Year 5 - Round 2)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme focuses on mid-career researchers in Newton Fund countries, and develops their research strengths by providing support for training and development in collaboration with a UK partner with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities to researchers in partner countries. These partner countries value the focus on the development of the skills and capabilities of researchers, the importance of creating centres of research excellence and building a strong research base across all disciplines, as well as the contributions of curiosity driven research to international development. By establishing collaborations between UK and overseas researchers (and their research groups) and by providing training and opportunities for skills transfers, we can support the development of a cohort of outstanding researchers in Newton Fund countries, establishing enduring equitable research and innovation partnerships.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-CNNAF-664
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-10-2019
Budget: £106,037

Regionalism in East Africa c. 1900 to the present

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This project will undertake the first comprehensive historical study of regionalism in East Africa in the twentieth century and will assess both the successes and limitations of regional integration projects to the present. The project will employ a combination of history and politics methodologies to examine political and economic strands of integration projects and explain both continuity and change in projects of regional integration over time. The project will provide new perspectives on East Africa's history beyond a nation-state framework, whilst simultaneously demonstrating the significance of the nation-state and nationalism in shaping regionalism as a political and economic phenomenon. The project will contribute to policy and educational initiatives in East Africa and in Europe related to this theme, in a political context where the benefits and costs of regional integration remain the subject of vociferous debate in East Africa and across the world. Working with organisations in both East Africa and in Europe, this project will build on a pilot phase (Regionalism in East Africa 1960-1977) funded by the British Academy to undertake the following: a) build an international research team of historians and political scientists with interests in both political and economic approaches to ensure a comprehensive methodological approach b) archival and library research in East Africa, Europe, the USA and Britain to gather a range of archival documentation, press material and official reports pertinent to the project c) conduct interviews with (current and retired) regional and national officials, politicians, journalists, civil society and business representatives, and donor officials regarding the politics of regionalism in its national, regional and global dimensions. d) write the first book-length study of the history of regionalism in East Africa and one accompanying peer-reviewed journal article. These outputs will be of comparative interest to historians and political scientists working on regionalism in other parts of the world, as well as East Africa specialists. e) write policy briefings and an end-of-project policy report for the East African Community (EAC), African Union (AU), European Union (EU), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with Co-Is and collaborators. f) organise a conference in Nairobi, Kenya for policy practitioners, civil society groups and East African academics and students to reflect on the contemporary and historical politics of regional integration, and thus build further communication between the EAC and some of its key stakeholder groups in the region. g) contribute to curriculum development and delivery of research-informed teaching in East African Higher Education on the theme of regional integration (specifically at the Institute for Regional Integration and Development at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa). Materials gathered and archived during the course of the project will be made available to scholars and students working on the subject matter.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-AH_T003138_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £73,559

Newton International Fellowships (Year 4)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme focuses on early-career researchers in Newton Fund countries, and develops their research strengths by providing support for training and development in collaboration with a UK partner with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities to researchers in partner countries, aiding the sharing of new insights and knowledge for translation into policies, practices, products and services and providing improvement in research and innovation capacity.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-BRNIF-978
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £70,078

Performing Violence, Engendering Change: Developing Arts-Based Approaches to Peacebuilding

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1) Engender impactful research and collaboration on the use of arts-based approaches to peacebuilding. The primary objective of the Cluster is to allow researchers and practitioners working with arts-based methods in areas affected by conflict and violence to share best practices, exchange knowledge and develop collaborative research projects to address the most pressing knowledge gaps around arts-based methods and peacebuilding. The activities of the Cluster will enable a creative and critical exchange of practices and approaches to peacebuilding rooted in the arts to generate new, effective and emancipatory research projects that cross geographical and disciplinary divides. In particular, participants will focus on an area which has received relatively little attention: the potential of arts-based approaches to produce more gender-sensitive research findings and to give voice to marginalised groups. Workshops in three countries - Kenya, Sri Lanka, Lebanon - will generate a community of research and practice through engagement with diverse approaches articulated by workshop participants. This community will co-create the Cluster's outputs and use these same outputs for further community engagement and learning. Central to achieving objective 1 is the active engagement of Co-Is and project partners from the three focus countries. Local Co-Is and partners will work together to shape the workshop agendas and provide insights on the relation between arts-based methods and community peacebuilding initiatives in their contexts. 2) Build capacity among communities affected by conflict and violence. The primary activities of the Cluster are three workshops at which all Cluster participants will meet. In addition to Cluster participants, a number of local practitioners and researchers will be invited to each workshop. The workshops will include both structured and less formal meetings to enable participants to build durable and self-sustaining relationships. The workshops will include training sessions during which participants will engage practically and experientially with a specific arts-based method. This will be introduced and discussed in relation to its specific context, before participants will take part in interactive group work. Training sessions will build capacity by facilitating participants to engage with the latest practices and applied scholarship. Participants will also develop their interdisciplinary skills through exposure to alternative approaches to their field of study and opportunities to collaborate across disciplinary and professional boundaries. 3) Map and disseminate existing knowledge. Whilst there is growing evidence of the effectiveness of arts-based methods in peacebuilding, there are few cross-case studies. Information will therefore be gathered from projects in the three focus countries and beyond to synthesise and disseminate existing practices and knowledge to increase understanding of the specific impacts of arts-based methods in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Gaps will also be exposed by engaging with the perspectives of less powerful stakeholders in the three countries and by giving space to underrepresented groups. This mapping will crystallize in the Online Archive, which will offer links to current research projects and initiatives underway within and outside the Cluster to provide the fullest possible picture of existing work. The Online Archive will be interactive and open-ended, thus allowing for more material to be uploaded and for the research team to update relevant sections. The Archive and links to all open access material will be made available publicly via the Cluster's website. This exercise of synthesis and dissemination will also allow non-academic stakeholders to document and archive their practices and analyse their own work against comparable cases or the field more broadly. 4) Engage policy makers, advocacy groups and publics. See Impact Summary for details

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-EP_T023864_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £60,482

Newton Advanced Fellowships (Year 5 - Round 2)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme focuses on mid-career researchers in Newton Fund countries, and develops their research strengths by providing support for training and development in collaboration with a UK partner with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities to researchers in partner countries. These partner countries value the focus on the development of the skills and capabilities of researchers, the importance of creating centres of research excellence and building a strong research base across all disciplines, as well as the contributions of curiosity driven research to international development. By establishing collaborations between UK and overseas researchers (and their research groups) and by providing training and opportunities for skills transfers, we can support the development of a cohort of outstanding researchers in Newton Fund countries, establishing enduring equitable research and innovation partnerships.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-MXNAF-967
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-10-2019
Budget: £32,805

Newton Advanced Fellowships (Year 5 - Round 1)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme focuses on mid-career researchers in Newton Fund countries, and develops their research strengths by providing support for training and development in collaboration with a UK partner with the intention of transferring knowledge and research capabilities to researchers in partner countries. These partner countries value the focus on the development of the skills and capabilities of researchers, the importance of creating centres of research excellence and building a strong research base across all disciplines, as well as the contributions of curiosity driven research to international development. By establishing collaborations between UK and overseas researchers (and their research groups) and by providing training and opportunities for skills transfers, we can support the development of a cohort of outstanding researchers in Newton Fund countries, establishing enduring equitable research and innovation partnerships.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-MXNAF-696
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-07-2019
Budget: £24,350

Newton Mobility Grants ( Year 6 - Round 1)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme supports researchers in Newton Fund countries to develop collaborations with UK researchers. These awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships and facilitate knowledge sharing, aiding the internationalisation of researchers and institutions.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-CNMobG-53
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £17,276

Newton Mobility Grants (Year 4 - Round 1)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This programme supports researchers in Newton Fund countries to develop collaborations with UK researchers. These awards are particularly suited to initiate new collaborative partnerships and facilitate knowledge sharing, aiding the internationalisation of researchers and institutions.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-NF-BA-TRMobG-655
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 01-07-2017
Budget: £16,224

International: Embedding analysis of seismic hazard and risk for improved welfare in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The aim of the project is to improve the seismic resilience of the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. This will be done by better informing the location of urban expansion of the city, a process that is currently encroaching onto active faults. This will be achieved by embedding the ability to generate updated seismic risk scenarios in the agency responsible for this in the capital Bishkek, through capacity building at the Institute of Seismology (Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences), who in turn engage with government stakeholders responsible for construction, disasters and health. To enable this impact, the latest knowledge of fault locations found from our pre-existing research council and academy funded projects will be used. This will be done in collaboration with project partners that have the open software, databases and expertise to facilitate the execution of such risk scenarios. Expertise in Earth Observation and Digital Elevation Models from prior NERC funded research will be applied to update exposure elements for the city of Bishkek. The outcome of this better-informed urban construction in Bishkek will be the reduction in the number of building collapses, fatalities and economic losses cause by future earthquakes, thus promoting the economic development and welfare of this developing country. The objectives to meet this aim are: 1. to incorporate the new knowledge recently gained concerning the relative activity, location and past ruptures of faults that could affect Bishkek with future earthquakes into our project partner's (GEM) User Contributed Active Fault Database. Once this milestone is achieved in the first part of the project, this open database will be used as a constraint on the possible fault rupture scenarios that are used in subsequent hazard and risk analysis. 2. to identify the changes in the exposure of the city buildings as the city has expanded in recent years. This will be achieved through the use of high resolution satellite imagery and digital elevation models (that will also be used to constrain the secondary hazards of landsliding and liquefaction). Stakeholders have identified that key infrastructure is absent in the current earthquake risk models that currently focus on residential building stock and not commercial/industrial or key pieces of infrastructure (hospitals, schools, bridges and water courses). 3. to produce a suite of risk scenarios indicating the extent of building collapse, fatalities and economic losses for a range of different earthquake scenarios for varying sized earthquakes on nearby and distant faults, as identified in the active fault database. In light of recently identified earthquake fault sources and also with city expansion onto the faults south of the city, regular updates to these models will be required as more buildings are built in ever closer proximity to the faults. 4. to embed the capacity of risk scenario analysis within the Institute of Seismology whose current responsibility is to provide assessments of seismic risk for Kyrgyzstan to government. In order to be able to update these risk scenarios in future, we will undertake capacity building through training in the use of the risk calculation software and use of such datasets required to determine exposure and hazards. 5. to deliver our outcome of improving the resilience of the city to earthquakes, we will also support further engagement by our project partner with government stakeholders following the recommendations outlined in a recent World Bank report. This will be done through the use of both risk maps and estimates of building, human and economic losses. These will be used by stakeholders to better inform urban planning, enhance the enforcement of building codes, enable targeted retro-fitting of key infrastructure (hospital, schools and bridges) and provide better communication to citizens of the potential for seismic risk in Bishkek.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-NE_S013741_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £11,881

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