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Increased enrollment and improved learning outcomes, including literacy and numeracy, for girls and the most marginalized in primary and secondary schools of Punjab Province in Pakistan. All government school children (6 million primary, 4 million secondary) and children attending school through the Punjab Education Foundation (around 2.2 million), including 50% girls, will have benefited from UK support in Punjab by March 2021.
To improve primary and secondary education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by providing up to £283.2million in technical assistance, financial aid and infrastructure which aims to benefit all primary and lower secondary children in the province by 2020.This programme targets primary enrolment specifically girl child enrolment and female literacy which contributes towards Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5. The programme is directly supporting 257,808 children to gain quality education.
To strengthen the democratic character of Nigerian political processes and outcomes by providing support to key electoral bodies, other relevant arms of government (such as the Legislature) and civil society organisations. Credible elections, an efficient legislature and the scrutiny of government performance by an informed society will motivate government to perform better and be more responsive to the needs of citizens.
Accountability in Tanzania Phase Two (AcT2) Programme is a five year £38m, innovative and exciting programme whose purpose is to increase the responsiveness and accountability of Government in Tanzania, through a strengthened civil society. AcT2 seeks to support civil society organisations (CSOs) to implement context-specific strategic interventions that will enable them to influence positive change in the attitudes and behaviour of citizens, civil society and government, making government as a whole more responsive and accountable. The second phase started in February 2018 and will end in December 2022. The programme funds mid-to-large sized Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and is managed by KPMG Advisory Limited in Tanzania. The programme works with CSO partners supporting Tanzanian citizens to engage with and hold their government to account. This is crucial to fostering a well-functioning state that acts in the best interests of its people - in tackling corruption, efficient spending of public resources and delivering effective public services. The Tanzanian President has made anti-corruption his top priority. AcT2 partners seeks to deploy different tools and resources to equip citizens to challenge corruption rather than accept it. AcT2 programme underlines the need to bolster groups that can continue to champion pluralism, articulate the demands of citizens, and engage in constructive debate and negotiation with government. As an integrated and cohesive civil society offer, AcT2 enables DFID to deliver greater impact from our wider portfolio priorities in human development and sustainable growth teams and promoting democratic space. It will do this through focusing on governance blockages in these areas, with a focus on promoting accountability and social inclusion, especially focusing on gender, disability and youth/elderly groups. The programme has ambition to deploy different innovative approaches including policy research, advocacy, dialogue, experimentation, and brokering, and it will work with civil society, private sector actors, elected officials and faith-based groups. The four thematic priorities for the programme includes: • Civic Space (sector policy dialogues, media, voice, CS advocacy, human rights) • Social Inclusion (disability, women, girls and youth/elderly) • Anti-Corruption • Climate Change
To ensure that citizens, especially women, are more strongly represented in Burma's democratic processes and government is more accountable to its citizens. This will be achieved by: improving electoral processes and integrity in Burma; working to enable better functioning parliaments at Union and sub-national level; building a more transparent, inclusive and responsive civil service; ensuring that justice institutions are more transparent and responsive; and, working towards improving national planning capacity and donor coordination.
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.
The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is working to support Nigerian governments to become demonstrably better at prioritizing, planning, resourcing, delivering, tracking and accounting for the delivery of public goods and services that respond to the needs of citizens, who are themselves actively engaged in ensuring these. The Engaged Citizens Pillar effectively engages citizens to bring about improvements in service delivery and poverty outcomes by working to ensure that constituencies become increasingly effective at influencing governments on selected service delivery and policy issues for the benefit of a greater number of Nigerians.
To strengthen the capacity of citizens and Parliament to increase accountability, transparency and responsiveness across government, in representing the interests of citizens and the equitable delivery of public goods and services. This will be done through systematic and sustained advocacy at all levels, in a sustainable manner through the creation of a Ghanaian-run corporate entity. This will further advance Ghana’s political, economic and social transformation in a manner, where the poorest and marginalised are better served and represented.
The Sindh Education Non-State Actors programme (SENSA) will fund a full cycle of primary education for 53,614 (59% girls, 41% boys) of the poorest children in Sindh.This will make a dramatic difference to the lives of 53,614 of the most marginalised, poorest and disadvantaged children in Sindh. SENSA will help educate 2.1% of the total number of out-of-school girls in Sindh and provide hope and opportunity for their families and communities
The Good Governance Fund seeks to tackle corruption, improve the business environment, make governments more responsive to citizens, enhance media and civil society freedoms, and promote overall reform.
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
Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) - Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP)ICF Consulting Services Limited
Nigeria’s ability to deliver shared growth and poverty reduction, and to tackle problems of insecurity and falling oil prices depends to a large extent on the performance of its public sector and the accountability of government towards citizens. However, they are undermined by a deeply-embedded set of problems that are rooted in Nigeria’s institutions and political economy. PERL has been designed by DFID Nigeria to tackle these problems in an integrated manner through three Pillars. One of the critical problems, which is the focus of the third Pillar, is the weakness of evidence on what is required to deliver public sector reform (PSR) and accountability. Although the broad parameters of Nigeria’s political economy problems are well understood, there is insufficient evidence on what is required to deliver PSR and strengthen public accountability. ICF is providing services to strengthen processes of learning on what works and what does not work in delivering PSR, using these lessons as part of a broader strategy to influence political leaders and national debate on the steps Nigeria would need to take to promote reform. LEAP works to strengthen the evidence base for reform by creating demand for, generating and encouraging the use of evidence to inform discussion and decision-making on public sector reform.
Deepening democracy in extremely politically fragile countries: networking for historical, cultural and arts research on Parliaments and peopleUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The goal of this project is to create opportunities for scholars in extremely politically fragile states to undertake research on democracy, public engagement and women's political participation. It is designed to support national researchers to be the main protagonists in all aspects of this project: Objective 1: Develop a network of scholars in politically fragile states interested in research on Parliament, public engagement and women's political participation A new Global Research Network of Parliaments and People will be launched by SOAS/Hansard Society/Leeds University, inviting research institutes, universities, NGOs and parliamentary monitoring organisations and individual researchers from around the world to become members. The priority of this network during 2017-2020 will be to support project partners and researchers in Myanmar and Ethiopia, and neighbouring states, to develop national capacity to undertake historical, ethnographic and cultural research on democracy. In preparation for awarding grants, we will offer training, guidance and mentoring with our project partners - Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (Yangon) and Forum for Social Studies (Addis Ababa) - and create links between researchers, arts/media/theatre organisations and policy-makers. To encourage humanities research on democracy and dissemination through the arts, and challenge the dominance of political science, we will also hold workshops in the focus countries and in neighbouring extremely politically fragile states. Objective 2: Develop national capacity by awarding grants to undertake historical, ethnographic and cultural research on Parliament, public engagement and women's political participation We will develop a grant-making mechanism with our project partners awarding grants for research on extremely politically fragile states: (a) of £1,000-5,000 to carry out small projects, hold events, write think pieces or develop larger research proposals, (b) of £5,000-30,000 to do medium sized projects, (c) of £30-100k to undertake or disseminate larger-scale research. Preference will be given to Ethiopia and Myanmar for all grants and then secondarily to neighbouring extremely politically fragile states for small and medium grants. The grants will be for undertaking research, disseminating findings but also working with media outlets, artists, theatres or museums to investigate through arts methodologies and/or to amplify their impact. Objective 3: Establish links between network members (especially grantees) and enable them to compare and synthesise findings, create imaginative outputs and influence donor agencies and other policy-makers/stakeholders To support partners and grantees we will: hold annual meetings to review and plan activities; run research workshops to support researchers and facilitate learning between them (both grantees but also other researchers including those working as staff within both Parliaments); support them to synthesise and disseminate findings (including submitting evidence to the UK's International Development Select Committee and other influential bodies); ensure on-going monitoring and evaluation into work-plans to ensure high quality research but also to provide evidence of this so members can secure future financial support; provide mentoring, training and advice on research methods, analysis and writing up; create links with selected experts in art, theatre, museum exhibitions, radio- and film-making when requested; and facilitate meetings between researchers and policy-makers to debate and adopt researchers' recommendations. We will also support network members by developing a website and on-line digital presence; establish an online forum on Facebook for sharing good practices and reflections; offer an on-line based research technical enquiry service, distance support, and webinars on humanities research and dissemination through the arts.
This Network aims to lay the foundation for improving the built environment for vector-borne disease control in sub-Saharan Africa through two objectives: (1) Research on interventions. To support the development of products and approaches to improve the built environment at different scales for vector-borne disease control, including better understanding of the transmission ecology in and around the home and assessing the effectiveness, acceptability, cost and cost effectiveness, feasibility and safety of changes. (2) Building pathways for scaling-up. Explore and recommend mechanisms for building a sustainable pathway for fast-tracking improvements to the built environment in sub-Saharan Africa.
Securing sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic resilience for vulnerable young people in MyanmarY Care International
Main objective: Poverty reduction in Myanmar, promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all in Myanmar. Specific objectives: 1. Increased economic security and social empowerment for marginalized young women and men and community members. 2. Vulnerable young women and men have the skills to enhance their enterprise and employment opportunities. 3. Vulnerable young women and men have access to assets, markets and network s to develop their enterprise and employment opportunities.
1. To identify the principal reservoirs of Vibrio cholerae and pathogenic viruses in Vembanad Lake. We will determine through in situ sampling if the Vibrio bacteria are associated mainly with particular types of phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrophytes or the surficial sediments, and the dependence of the reservoirs on environmental conditions (temperature, salinity, light). Here we would deploy specially-developed hyperspectral sensors mounted on drones in support of remote sensing, and carry out detailed analyses of water and sediment samples for bacterial flora, phytoplankton types and zooplankton types. 2. Assess the seasonal and spatial variation in the hosts/reservoirs of pathogenic Vibrios employing remote-sensing and in situ methods, and explore similar methods for viruses. The spatial distribution and seasonality of the Vibrio pools will be established using results from Obj. 1, using remote sensing and citizen science data to extrapolate point observations to the scale of the whole lake. 3. Use laboratory and modelling studies to assess conditions that induce virulence and proliferation of Vibrios.Vibrio are present throughout the year in Vembanad Lake, but outbreaks of cholera are irregular and sporadic. A combination of laboratory studies and mathematical modelling (including bioinformatical, statistical and epidemic modelling) will be used to establish the range of conditions under which outbreaks are likely to occur. It is believed that in the vicinity of the lake, low-level cholera is a chronic affliction of people in some localities, outside the times of epidemics. We will examine the validity of this belief and the relevant environmental conditions. 4. To present the results of the work in geo-referenced form and use them in mathematical models to forecast potential outbreaks of cholera. Having the results in the form of a map will enhance their utility to policy makers and regulators responsible for reconciling the competing interests in Vembanad Lake. Provision of cholera forecasts would be a great help to the public health sector. 5. Implement Awareness programmes on pathogenic Vibrios and viruses and make recommendations to responsible parties for preventing cholera and other outbreaks; for design of a rational monitoring system; and for drafting of related legislation. Though the Vembanad Lake is of undisputed economic and cultural importance, there is no consolidated effort at governmental levels to monitor the pollution in the entire lake or to undertake remedial action. In fact, the highest interest in lake revival has been shown by the local population, whose livelihood depends on the lake. We propose to build on such grass-root interest, informing the local people through their engagement in citizen science, community meetings and articles in local newspapers, of the threats posed by poor water quality and how they might be eradicated. We can expect an overall enhancement of public health and a consolidation of the tourist industry centered on the lake, such that the revenue from tourism, important for Kerala and all India, will continue and increase in future years, instead of diminishing through further progressive deterioration of water quality. Involvement of those who live around the lake is seen as key to spurring remedial action at the municipal and state levels. As a group, the people of Vembanad Lake are at home on the water, which is part of their cultural heritage. We propose that they be involved in the monitoring program by deploying, on their regular transits of the lake, equipment that we have designed and prototyped which would be produced in numbers and made available to the citizens at no charge, in return for their help. The measurements could be made daily by many tourist operators and used as part of the environmental characterization of the lake. Their value to the project wouldbe explained to the public through a series of open meetings conducted in the local language.
Caribbean Cyclone Cartography: Mapping histories, narratives and futures of hurricane 'resilience' in a changing climate.UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Caribbean Cyclone Cartography (CCC) Project will collaboratively research and map survivor-led hurricane recoveries past and present, with the goals of: (a) developing informed ecological citizenship, and (b) building an inclusive, publicly accessible knowledge base to guide future cyclone preparedness, responses and reconstruction in Dominica and the greater Caribbean. CCC will develop citizen and academic research capacities, cultivate equitable partnerships and build interdisciplinary knowledge exchange platforms to enhance Caribbean strategic responses to the 'existential threat' of climate change-intensified cyclones. Herein, we address three key global agendas: 1. The UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4. Inclusive Education/Lifelong Learning; 13. Climate Action. 2. Sendai Priorities: 2. Understanding disaster risk; 4. Enhancing disaster preparedness & "Building Back Better". 3. 'The Humanitarian Grand Bargain': 6.Participation revolution: include those receiving aid in decision making. By enabling public access to cyclone research (for citizens/researchers/learners) and developing an integrated framework for equitable dialogue, CCC aims to enhance Caribbean resilience to hurricanes and related environmental hazards. The core output for the project will be a digital, multi-disciplinary map of Dominica, populated by historic, contemporary ethnographic and geoinformatic data to offer a holistic analysis of Caribbean social and place-based cyclone 'resilience' (a much contested concept across development studies). This inclusive and publicly accessible model (2/3 Dominicans are internet users) provides a resource to help citizens and disaster officials better prepare for, navigate and recover from future storms; whilst offering an open-source prototype that fellow SIDS can adapt to their own climatic predicaments - thus promoting regional and global wellbeing, safety and sustainable livelihoods (economic development). Shortly after category-5 Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica (Eastern Caribbean) on 18th September 2017, the government boldly vowed to go beyond simply 'building back better', to become the 'first climate resilient nation on earth', drawing US$400M support from international agencies. The inter-ministerial Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD) established to meet this challenge. Aims: Grounded in the global agendas, principles and CREAD vision outlined above, The CCC Project will map Dominican hurricane resilience 'from below' - through the social histories, lived realities and place-based knowledge of the island's inhabitants. Our aim is to investigate and visually map the potential of 'vernacular' or community resiliencies, as: (1) a basis for locating, understanding and mitigating hurricane-related risks; (2) a set of capabilities that can be enhanced to inform inclusive disaster management/humanitarian responses and policies; (3) a resource to help guide sustainable post-disaster reconstruction; and (4) a foundation upon which to build public environmental knowledge (scientific and 'traditional'), towards informed ecological citizenship and improved preparedness. Guided by a, international consortium of academic and civil society partners, the Project will: a) Develop innovative and inclusive survivor-led research methodologies and interventions that invite marginalised communities into climate change adaptation dialogue. b) Cultivate a cadre of project partners & stakeholders who will collectively champion cyclone hazard awareness. c) Build the adaptive capacity of Caribbean civil society, disaster management and humanitarianism partners. d) Promote public 'resilience consciousness' and informed and responsible ecological citizenship (regionally and globally). e) Engage a creative, critical and complementary dialogue with the policies and practices of the inter-ministerial Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)
International: Embedding analysis of seismic hazard and risk for improved welfare in Bishkek, KyrgyzstanUK - 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.
Overall aim: To reduce inequalities in public engagement with Parliament and parliamentarians in Myanmar Objectives 1. Improve public engagement by politicians and other policy-makers in Myanmar with under-represented, at-risk and excluded groups, by improving access to, participation in, and representation of these groups, particularly women and Rohingya, in democratic processes. Our partners and grantees in the 'Deepening Democracy' project (2017-2020) make clear that gendered and ethnic forms of marginalisation and dispossession in Myanmar have become entrenched and even more severe for some. As a consequence, it has become imperative - both as a matter of need and conscience - that we extend our existing 'Deepening Democracy' project by focusing directly on influencing politicians. We have been assisting Burmese scholars to give evidence to the UK International Development Select Committee during their inquiry on the Rohingya. The next step is to contribute to shaping a political environment that is sympathetic towards, and committed to, advancing political support for, and protection of, at-risk and excluded groups. 2. Create an 'Alliance for Inclusive Democracy' in Myanmar to agree priorities for action by a range of stakeholders and implement strategies to reduce inequalities in engagement between the public, and Parliamentarians and other policy-makers. Since the commencement of the AHRC-GCRF funded project on 'Deepening Democracy' in October 2017, the socio-political landscape in Myanmar has moved towards deficits rather than deepening democracy for its citizens. Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF), our partner in Myanmar, has witnessed these changes, and at their urging we have worked in partnership with them to identify how the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People can seek to intervene and help reshape the narrative around political access, participation and representation in the country. EMReF have identified potential champions for change in Myanmar who currently operate as distinct and isolated communities of practice. By bringing together sympathetic Parliamentarians, other policy-makers, NGOs, CSOs, artists, activists and academics we will promote an 'Alliance for Inclusive Democracy' (see Case for Support for more details). This will construct a strong and unified foundation upon which to influence the deepening of democracy in the currently fragmented and fragile democracy of Myanmar, in both the short- and long-term. 3. Enable selected P4P grantees in Myanmar to develop powerful creative research-based outputs that communicate the role of arts and humanities in achieving deeper and more inclusive democracy. The existing 'Deepening Democracy' project includes a grant-giving scheme that supports arts and humanities-based research on Parliaments and people and develops our grantees' inter-disciplinary capabilities. We have, for example, organised ethnographic and historical research training workshops, as well as supporting organisations like the Yangon Film School to deliver film-making courses. In the course of doing so, however, we have become aware that there is limited understanding about the role that arts and humanities research, and the creative industries more generally, can play in deepening understanding of politics and contributing to political change. Therefore, working in collaboration with Positive-Negatives, who are experts in advocacy-through-creativity, we will partner our grantees with creative industry artists to produce research-informed creative products via an 'Unlocking Creative Potentials in Political Research' workshop. The outputs from this will be used in communication with non-academic audiences, including policy-makers in Myanmar, to help strengthen the proposition that arts and humanities subjects have an important role to play in creating change. Evaluating this impact will be an integral part of the monitoring we conduct throughout.
Aims 1. Build a creative, shared space (Compound 13 Lab) for exploration, dialogue, learning, situated within the politics/policies of 'global city', built on methodological and pedagogical innovation, underpinned by a strong cross-sector partnership and leading edge research and scholarship 2. Build capacity for international knowledge exchange through the lens of the 'wicked problem' of plastic waste, exploring issues in sustainable urban development, poverty alleviation, and education 3. Create a space for the expertise, knowledge and voices of those working in the informal waste management industry and their young people to be listened to 4. Develop and incubate innovative, entrepreneurial solutions led by Dharavi's young people to the challenges that they face, and build sets of skills for employment in India's 21st Century economy 5. Challenge public perceptions of the politics of human disposability, advocating for the work of informal recyclers as essential and valued labour within wider systems of production 6. Contribute to cultural and policy change that sees democratising access to knowledge and valuing expertise gained through experience as a vital means of implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Objectives 1. To share emerging tools and technologies of the circular economy with those who would not normally have access to them, despite their key role in waste management within the city 2. To develop an ecological design curriculum for the Lab for young people aged 8 - 25, using the principles of creative and participatory pedagogy, and to make it freely available internationally 3. To support, deliver and document six participatory residencies with leading artists, designers, engineers and scientists (4 from India, 2 from the UK/EU) which provide a learning exchange mechanism to address issues of waste, work, education, survival and sustainability in Dharavi 4. To build an international platform for practice-based exchange and learning between artists, designers, engineers, scientists, researchers and policymakers in the field of waste management and sustainable urban development through exhibition, publication and a series of events in India and the UK.