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High quality statistics that improve lives globally

Office for National Statistics

Leading the provision of high quality technical assistance by the UK Office for National Statistics to build the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries. The team prioritises, plans and leads the provision of high-quality technical assistance, by its experts, to build the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries. Working with the rest of UK government to ensure that our work complements and supports our international objectives, we work at two levels: We have developed medium-term partnerships with some core National Statistical offices on statistical modernisation. We harness ONS expertise to support global statistical programmes and share best practices through the international statistical system.

Programme Id GB-GOV-24-High quality statistics that improve lives globally
Start date 2022-4-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £12,600,000

End Violence Against Children (EVAC Fund)

UK - Home Office

The UK Home Office recognises the moral and operational imperative to support the global fight against online child sexual exploitation (CSE). As such, the Home Office has committed £40 million towards the UNICEF hosted End Violence Against Children Fund (EVAC) to support activities intending to build international capacity to tackle online CSE. The EVAC's strategy for supporting international action aligned to the WePROTECT Global Alliance's (WPGA) strategy for national action. The WePROTECT Global Alliance combines expertise from industry, law enforcement, government and civil society to determine the capabilities required at country level to effectively respond to the threat of online CSE. Projects funded by the EVAC fund must demonstrate how they support the implementation of the WPGA's Model National Response.

Programme Id GB-GOV-6-03
Start date 2016-6-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £50,000,000

Global Programme on Sustainability

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

The programme supports sustainable economic growth that is both long-lasting and resilient to climate-related stressors. It does this through the integration of natural capital into decision making by governments, the private sector and financial institutions. The inability to value natural capital can undermine long-term growth and critically, the livelihoods of the poorest people dependent on ecosystems for their livelihoods. This programme directly addresses this challenge by (i) investing in data and research on natural capital; (ii) assisting countries to integrate this analysis into government policy making; and (iii) integrating this data and analysis into financial sector decision making.

Programme Id GB-GOV-7-GB-GOV-7-ICF-PO014-GPS
Start date 2018-2-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £20,000,000

Western Balkans – Freedom and Resilience Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This programme will address long-term, structural issues across the region, including ethno-nationalist division, and support transparency and accountability in government, as well as underlying society challenges such as discrimination and violence against women and girls. The Programme will comprise a portfolio of interventions in three areas: reconciliation and peacebuilding in conflict-affected communities; empowering women and girls and tackling Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) and gender-based violence; and strengthening government capacity, transparency and accountability. Programming will be country-led, with Posts able to bid for funds in support of projects in line with their priorities.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301457
Start date 2022-9-22
Status Implementation
Total budget £29,490,756

Aawaz II - Inclusion, Accountability and Preventing Modern Slavery Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To support a Pakistani society and government institutions that support increased voice, choice and control for marginalised groups, protect them from exploitation and prevent discrimination and intolerance at all levels. The programme has a focus on child labour, gender-based violence, child and force marriages, and intolerance against minorities and other socially excluded groups.

Programme Id GB-1-204605
Start date 2015-8-13
Status Implementation
Total budget £55,688,519

The UK’s contribution to the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, FRIT 2

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Facility will help people who have fled the conflict in Syria and now live in Turkey. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, including 3.6 million Syrians. Support will include humanitarian assistance, education, healthcare and employment support. Helping refugees and host communities in the region makes an important contribution to addressing the European refugee crisis. All decisions on programme funding are in line with the UK Aid Strategy.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300499
Start date 2019-6-25
Status Implementation
Total budget £139,989,514

Historicising Natures, Cultures and Laws in the Etosha-Kunene Conservation Territories of Namibia

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

How can conservation of biodiversity-rich landscapes come to terms with the past [Vergangenheitsbewältigung], given historical contexts of extreme social exclusion and marginalisation? How can key biodiversity areas whose global value rests on ahistorical ideas of Nature resist an uncritical presentism, to be better understood as entangled with diverse human histories and values? How can conservation policy and practice recognise deep cultural and linguistic differences around 'the nature of nature'? Our research responds to these questions through a cross-disciplinary humanities programme analysing dynamic dimensions of conservation territories in the Kunene Region of the former German colony that is now Namibia. Kunene's Etosha National Park and neighbouring beyond-Etosha conservation designations are home to diverse indigenous and marginalised peoples. Our research team of three women academics in Germany, the UK and Namibia has a combined 50+ years of ethnographic, archival, oral history and livelihoods enquiry in Etosha-Kunene. We propose a new collaborative three-year programme of six intersecting work packages (WPs): WP1 on 'Historicising Socio-ecological Policy in Etosha-Kunene' offers a detailed discourse analysis and history of public conservation policy affecting natures and peoples associated with the region, interrogating shifting influences, interests and governance technologies; WP2 on 'Comparative Indigenous Perspectives' assembles our long-term research in the region into a new comparative analysis of indigenous Khoe, San and Himba-Herero understandings of natures-beyond-the-human, drawing on current theories in the anthropology of nature; WP3 on 'Making Identity and Indigeneity in Etosha-Kunene' explores how indigenous identities are made, focusing especially on how distinct and intersecting 'Khoe' and 'San' identities have been present(ed) in ethnographic, linguistic, conservation and legal discourse; WP4 on 'Spatialising Coloniality in Etosha-Kunene' (re)traces the thought and practices of selected colonial European actors from the mid-1800s, bringing their written narratives into conversation with indigenous interlocutors inhabiting the same places and spaces (see WP2); WP5 on 'Collecting, Curating and Returning Etosha-Kunene Natures' investigates how the natures of Etosha-Kunene have been both represented and shaped by natural history collections of specimen-artefacts assembled by the (mostly male) European actors we study in WP4; WP6 focuses on public engagements, via a mobile exhibition, a website, and a series of workshops sharing and further exploring issues arising in WPs 1-5. In sum, we offer a multivocal and radically historicised analysis of Etosha-Kunene that contributes new thinking on coloniality, indigeneity and 'natural history'. Our aim is to support conservation laws and praxis to more fully recognise the diversity of pasts, cultures and natures constituting this internationally-valued region.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-HGVP8C6-6AM4G9F-34SETFL
Start date 2020-2-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £131,652.02

Transforming Atmospheric Authority: Experimental Embodiments in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

Working with women living in an informal urban community ('favela') that suffers high levels of stigma, poverty, violence, and human rights abuses, our project explores the role played by favela dwellers in challenging and transforming the sometimes stifling emotional atmospheres of the city. The project explores how embodied, non-representational creative practices can enable distressing experiences to be communicated, shared, and creatively transformed. Developing participatory research methods that aim to foster dignity and tackle feelings of isolation and alienation, we focus on women's encounters with the varied atmospheres of the favela: sometimes tense, stifling, or terrifying; often, simultaneously, full of warmth, security, and humour. Working to recognise, affirm, and amplify creative practices through which women in the community are already seeking to overcome feelings of stress and isolation, our research explores how embodied cultural practices can help women develop new understandings and insights into the issues facing them, and reduce barriers to participation in community leadership and advocacy. Our research practices aim to enable emerging understandings to be articulated, shared, and translated into practices that work to reduce violence and promote dignity and community authority.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-27ERRBQ-627L2RS-U97T3RZ
Start date 2020-2-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £76,198.49

Regionalism in East Africa c. 1900 to the present

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

This project will undertake the first comprehensive historical study of regionalism in East Africa in the twentieth century. Ideas about formal political and economic integration among the various territories of East Africa have a deep history in the region, dating back to the colonial period, and currently manifested in the institutions of the (second) East African Community, an intergovernmental organisation comprised of six eastern African states: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Partly owing to this deep and continuing history, East African regionalism has often been seen as a beacon of effective regional integration in Africa, and assertions of a powerful sense of common regional identity - even destiny - have been an important part of the official rhetoric of the EAC over several decades. But the extent to which regional integration has delivered positive public outcomes or alternatively simply served the interests of a small regional elite in East Africa remains hotly contested (reflecting broader global debates on this issue). This project will engage this central question within both a regional and global setting, examining the origins, character and outcomes of regional integration initiatives as the product both of East African internal dynamics as well as of interlinked global structures and processes (colonialism, decolonisation, global regionalisms, and neo-liberalism). In so doing it will fill a major lacunae in the current scholarly literature on the history and politics of East Africa, moving beyond methodological nationalism to write a history of attempts at building region alongside nation. More broadly, the persistence of regionalism as a political and economic phenomenon in East Africa over time also makes the region an excellent case for examining and historicising wider debates around regionalism in Africa and the world. This project, which builds on a successfully completed pilot study (British Academy funded - regional integration in 1960s-70s East Africa) brings together a team of historians and political scientists to examine a) the colonial origins of integration projects - ideas of 'closer union' and federation that were debated amongst settlers and colonial officials in British East Africa during the first half of the twentieth century, alongside the establishment of regional institutions by the British b) ideas of federation and 'community' that emerged among nationalists and East African publics in the years of decolonisation and independence, c) the establishment and collapse of the first East African Community between 1965 and 1977 d) the revival and expansion of the East African Community from the 1990s to the present. Throughout we will focus on key themes including a) the shifting intellectual content of regionalist visions (pan-Africanism; federalism; state-led developmentalism; neo-liberalism) b) the politics of integration in the context of intra-regional relations more broadly c) the (uneven) economic impact of regional integration d) the role of external actors in shaping regional integration projects, and the role of local elite agency in mediating or transforming external interventions e) continuities and changes in the above themes over time. The research will utilise archival documentation, press material, official reports and interviews with figures involved in regional integration to produce academic and non-academic outputs that will make a major contribution to academic debate on global regionalisms and to policy discussions on the future of regional integration in East Africa.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-27ERRBQ-627L2RS-YBKK3AH
Start date 2020-3-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £98,608.08

Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

In a global context of persistent racism and racial inequality, alongside the growing "post-racial" denial of their importance, this project will explore the role of the arts in challenging racism. The project aims to investigate the sociality, practices and discourses of contemporary cultural producers working in literature and visual and performing arts who focus on issues of racial difference, racism and anti-racism in three Latin American contexts: Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. Why the arts? We work on the basis that the arts have always played a crucial role in anti-racist movements, serving as important tools with which to protest against and educate about racism. The arts have the ability to mobilise emotions through narrative and performance, and this makes them well suited to deal with racism's dependence on an emotive logic. By combining expertise from the arts and the social sciences in a cultural studies approach, we seek to locate artistic practices that address racial inequality and racism in their social and cultural context; we aim to map how the producers, their practices and their products circulate in the social world and produce effects there that contribute to the struggle against racism. While rationally devised social policy addressing socio-economic conditions is vital to correcting racial inequalities, it can simply by-pass, be undermined by and even exacerbate the visceral emotions that racial difference produces in a racially hierarchical society. It is these emotions we seek to approach and address through the medium of art and performance. Why Latin America? Because the region has a long history in which "post-raciality" - by which we mean the tendency to deny or minimise the significance of racism and racial inequality, invoking a colour-blind universalism - has co-existed with marked racial inequality and with often veiled but still powerful racist attitudes. This paradoxical co-existence is becoming characteristic of other areas of the world, in the wake of post-World War II trends that made "race" politically toxic and made the denial of racism commonplace, while racial inequalities remain and even grow. We contend that the way struggles against racism in Latin America address this long-standing co-existence can hold lessons for anti-racism more widely. For example, the post-racial claim that increased inter-racial mixture indicates decreasing racism is belied by the fact that Latin American countries have often been majority mestizo (mixed-race) societies for over two centuries, without this having solved the problem of racial inequality and racism. A notable feature of the project is that it encompasses anti-black and anti-indigenous racism in a region where practices and attitudes prejudicial to indigenous people are often not labelled as racism, but also at a time at which this label is becoming increasingly popular in struggles against such prejudice, highlighting the structural dimensions of indigenous disadvantage. A further strength of the project is its comparative approach, which seeks to use the rather different racial formations of Argentina, Brazil and Colombia to assess how generic or country-specific anti-racism strategies are. Research teams in each country will bring together senior and junior, UK-based and Latin American researchers in the social sciences and arts to work with a range of artists and performers to explore diverse practices, including for example indigenous literatures, visual arts and cinema in Brazil, hip-hop music in Brazil and Colombia, Afro-Colombian art and an indigenous-black organisation that uses performance as a pedagogical tool, and street dance and commercial music forms alongside literature and political art in Argentina. Project researchers will work closely with artists and performers and will collaborate with them in project workshops, which will also have a public-facing component.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-27ERRBQ-627L2RS-65U3TMT
Start date 2020-1-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £518,458.69

Partition of Identity: An exploration of Belonging in Bengalis in Pakistan, 1971- 2021

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

Following the violent Liberation War of 1971 in which Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan, there was a wave of migration from Bangladesh to the more economically stable Pakistan. Often settling in Sindh province, particularly Karachi, these Bengali migrants have participated widely in the Pakistani economy. Many have been refused citizenship rights in line with the Pakistan Citizenship Act of 1951 and despite their Pakistan-born children and grandchildren having little direct knowledge of Bangladesh, they remain without official documentation. This can create challenges in everyday activities (around education, employment and health) and strengthen the idea that they are not 'true' Pakistani citizens as emphasised by a wider state narrative. Recently, with the arrival of a newly elected government, momentum has been building towards granting the community full rights. Moreover, with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's creation in 2021 drawing ever closer, our project comes at a critical time. Our research takes place in 3 phases and overall, we aim to investigate how the identities and contributions of these Bengali migrants are understood within the community, and how they have they been understood by a wider Pakistani state narrative since 1971. Furthermore, we aim to understand how these two accounts influence each other. No existing record of this group exists. By co-producing a new history of identity, activism, migration memory and belonging with our interviewees and arts partners, we will ensure that the voices of Pakistani Bengalis are recorded and heard. Our sample will be diverse including Pakistani Bengali men, women and young people of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our project will: - transform academic and public understandings of how lack of citizenship influences social identity and sense of belonging, and stimulates resistance, among Bengalis in Pakistan, particularly in young people. This will be through creating written and aural records from this group, accessible for anyone to read or listen to. - expand understandings of how social representations of minority groups can influence their treatment and social positioning in the developing world - enhance awareness of the Pakistani Bengali minority group in terms of its cultural heritage and socio-economic contribution to Pakistan through the range of project outputs The project will be conducted with a series of partners based in the UK and Pakistan. These include: UCL, Where the PI is based, Lahore University of Management Science, where the Co-I is based, the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, National College of Arts, Lahore Students Union and Pakistan Institute for Education and Labour Research. Our partners will be involved to differing degrees in the 3 research phases. In Phase 1 we will conduct a strategic search through historical, policy and media documents for depiction of the community. This will inform the interview and archival elicitation work in Phases 2 and 3. It will also give information on wider state and media representation of this group. Phase 2 will involve oral history interviews and archival elicitation with 48 adults and 30 young people. We will also conduct art workshops with young people. Here we will gather information on community representation of self. In Phase 3, artists and musicians will re-imagine both state representation and also community representations to produce new outputs based on the community. By the end of the project, we will have created and developed a new oral history archive, art and music based on the research, a documentary, a website, online exhibition, museum exhibition, two output events, media articles, 3 journal articles and co-edited book. Most importantly, we will advance the field by generating important new knowledge regarding the Bengali community in Pakistan following their migration in 1971 and ensure that their stories are told and voices are heard.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-27ERRBQ-627L2RS-XU3KCJC
Start date 2020-12-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £187,383.27

PIDG2 - Second phase of FCDO's Support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group .

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The aim of PIDG is to mobilise private investment in infrastructure, in order to increase service provision for the poor, boost economic growth, trade and jobs to alleviate poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300351
Start date 2018-5-11
Status Implementation
Total budget £821,182,372

Data for Development-Unleashing the Data Dividend

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This ODA programme headlines the Data for Development portfolio, supporting the strengthening of national data systems as critical digital infrastructure, boosting sustainable economic growth, improving the delivery of services, driving poverty reduction, empowering women and disadvantaged groups, and underpinning all international commitments on sustainable development.?Through investment of FCDO financial and technical resource we will unleash the Data Dividend for Development and Democracy. By investing in the foundations of national and international data and statistical systems and pursuing the frontiers of emerging opportunities we will drive catalytic and transformational progress to accelerate sustainable development and democratic objectives.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-400025
Start date 2023-10-24
Status Implementation
Total budget £2,779,420

Evidence for Development

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Evidence for Development (E4D) programme aims to strengthen the data and evidence ecosystem in Nepal. It focuses on federal, provincial, local government and non-government actors to promote use of data and evidence for more effective and efficient programmes and policies and longer-term strategic portfolio design and management. It also aims to foster a culture of learning in the British Embassy Kathmandu (BEK), among other Development Partners and in the Governments of Nepal.

Programme Id GB-1-203385
Start date 2015-10-12
Status Implementation
Total budget £23,757,246

Global Security Rapid Analysis

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To produce research analysis and best practice guidance that will help to inform global policy on how development programming and policy can have the greatest impact on stability and security overseas.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300358
Start date 2017-2-8
Status Implementation
Total budget £12,249,857

Partnerships for Development

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

Partnerships for Development (formerly known as GREAT for Partnership) will multiply the UK’s development impact by boosting partnerships between UK’s institutions and their counterparts in the developing world. It will leverage the skills and expertise from a range of UK institutions and supply them initially to DFID partner countries, based on tailored demand. It will initially prioritise the Extractives, Financial Accountability and Anti-Corruption sectors.

Programme Id GB-1-205191
Start date 2016-8-12
Status Implementation
Total budget £30,696,715

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)

Programme Id GB-GOV-3-CSSF
Start date 2017-4-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £1,168,915,063

Accelerating Ethiopia's Economic Transformation(Accelerate)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This programme will support the Ethiopian Government’s vision of export-led manufacturing growth through foreign and domestic investments to become a reality more quickly and in a sustainable and inclusive way.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300702
Start date 2020-3-27
Status Implementation
Total budget £20,720,499

POF - Pioneer Outcomes Funds

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

A programme to leverage private finance into high performing development projects using Impact Bonds and other pay-for-outcomes models at scale to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. A multi-donor programme to commission development projects effectively and efficiently using new instruments that facilitate better links between financial markets and providers delivering pay-for-success contracts.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300539
Start date 2020-3-17
Status Implementation
Total budget £169,800,001

Work in Freedom 2 (Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To reduce vunerabilility to trafficking and forced labour of women and girls across migration pathways leading to the care sector and textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries of South Asia and the Arab States. At least 350,000 women and girls will be reached at source and destination in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300551
Start date 2018-3-8
Status Implementation
Total budget £10,151,563

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