To provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in the Sahel and help them to cope with future disasters. This will be linked to the seasonal calendar and work alongside longer-term resilience programmes to reduce the long term demand for humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, and will be delivered through NGO and multilateral partners.
To help up to 10 million people, especially women and children, in developing countries cope with extreme climate and weather events such as droughts, cyclones and floods (climate extremes). This will be achieved by doing three things. By making grants to civil society organisations to scale up proven technologies and practices in the Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that help people withstand, and more quickly recover, from climate extremes. By identifying the best ways of doing this, and share this knowledge globally to increase the programme’s overall impact. By supporting national governments to strengthen their policies and actions to respond to climate extremes. These will all contribute to the Millennium Development Goals on the eradication poverty and hunger, and environmental sustainability, and also respond to the Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review recommendation that DFID should integrate the threat from climate change into a Disaster Risk Reduction.
To support the achievement of the Global Goals through funding UK-based civil society organisations to deliver projects that assist in ending extreme poverty and building a better world by 2030. The programme will also provide opportunities for the UK public to engage in international development issues and have a say in how a portion of the aid budget is spent.
1) Increase the number of new or improved medical interventions for poverty-related diseases (PRDs), including neglected ones; 2) Strengthen cooperation with sub-Saharan African countries, in particular on building their capacity for conducting clinical trials in compliance with fundamental ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation; 3) Better coordinate, align and, where appropriate, integrate relevant national programmes to increase the cost-effectiveness of European public investments; 4) Extend international cooperation with other public and private partners to ensure that the impact of all research is maximised and that synergies can be taken into consideration and to achieve leveraging of resources and investments; 5) Increase impact due to effective cooperation with relevant EU initiatives, including its development assistance.
Build the evidence and justification for adaptive social protection in the Sahel by establishing national level systems that will build the resilience of vulnerable populations and can be scaled in a time of crisis.
The REPP programme provides support to private sector developers of small scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. REPP supports solar, hydro, biomass, biogas, geothermal, and wind projects up to 25MW installed capacity (up to 50MW for wind). REPP provides technical assistance direct to project developers, provides pre-construction and bridging loans, post-construction financing, and equity financing.
To improve governance of shared water resources in Southern Africa, by sustainably improving local water-management capability and supporting development of key water infrastructure. This will indirectly benefit populations in the 13 shared river basins of the SADC region, in which 95 million people reside, through more equitable sharing of water resources, reduced vulnerability to flooding, improved access to drinking water, as well as reducing risk of conflict and better food security. These outcomes will contribute to MDG 1 (“Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger”) and MDG7 (“Ensure Environmental Sustainability”).
WISER will help at least 24 million people across Africa (focusing initially on East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) to be more resilient to natural disasters and climate change by 2030 by improving early warning systems (giving more time to prepare for heavy rains for example) as well as helping them make better decisions by knowing what the weather and climate is likely to be (enabling them to make better crop choices or alter planting times in farming, for example). We estimate that this will save over £190 million in terms of avoided damage to health, homes, livelihoods and infrastructure between now and 2030. The WISER programme will initially benefit the East African fishing and farming communities, as well as a wide range of African people, including young, old, men and boys and women and girls.
To provide skill training, matching and supplier development services to help East African women, men and young people exploit employment and economic opportunities in natural resource-based industries and adjacent sectors. The programme designs and funds interventions together with the private sector to ensure its services are demand-driven. If successful, the programme will help countries benefit more economically from investments in resource-based industries and other sectors, in terms of East Africans having access to jobs created rather than expats and local firms benefitting from increased procurement opportunities rather than international contractors.
SRIA will strengthen the research systems in DFID partner countries so that both local and donor research investment achieves economic and social impact. It will do this by strengthening the institutions that regulate and shape research in country to ensure that research investment is aligned with national development priorities. It will invest in the building blocks of research, for example, access to global research, recruitment and retention of researchers and more equitable research partnerships between northern and southern researchers. Whilst also driving increased coherence of UK ODA research spend to ensure it has a greater impact.
SHEAR will support world-leading research and innovations in flood and drought risk monitoring and warning systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and landslip prone regions of South Asia. To enable greater and more effective investment in disaster resilience and earlier action to respond to imminent natural hazards by providing decision makers with enhanced risk mapping and analyses and more reliable warning systems
To improve the effectiveness of countries own investments in research for development and increase the numbers of research leaders in East Africa. The programme will also document learning and build a robust evidence base on what works to strengthen national research. This contributes to countries long-term, sustainable development because of the role research plays in supporting sound public policy, effective education systems and economic growth.
To support the generation of new evidence and knowledge in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan) in order to enable the design and implementation of smarter, more effective development programmes which achieve better outcomes for poor and vulnerable people in the region.
The project will support countries in Southern Africa to manage their shared water resources, thereby helping 2-3 million poor people to better cope with the impacts of existing climate variability and climate change (especially floods and drought). It will do this by improving assessment and planning concerning these resources, and designing and building water infrastructure such as irrigation schemes, water supply or hydropower schemes. This will help poor and vulnerable people gain access to clean and safe water, produce a predictable agricultural yield and store water for when it is needed during the dry months of the year. The programme will also help countries to communicate hydrological data between themselves – thus providing downstream countries with advance notice of floods and enabling countries to optimise how much water is stored in each country to ensure each has enough to meet their basic requirements.
To make DFIDs Research agenda more responsive through the production of short term policy research that will address the needs of policy makers by providing them with primary evidence that can subsequently be used for policy analysis in such areas as Health, Education, Conflict, Cash Transfers, Aid Transparency, Tax Policy, Social Protection, Energy, Payment by Results, Economics and Innovation. Short term policy driver research studies will be commissioned in the following sectors and regions. A series of case studies will be developed for Higher Education covering Burma, Ghana, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. The information available on Electricity Access and Electricity Insecurity will be reviewed for India. A study will be undertaken on assessing the Cuban Model of Medical Education in sub-Saharan Africa. A review will be undertaken looking at Social Protection and Tax in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and Activity based Learning will be reviewed in Tamil Nadu, India.
Using nanosatellite technology to improve fire detecction rates and build human capacity in Africa
Using satellites to extend the reach of basic medical healthcare in remote areas, improving health service delivery in Nigeria.
Supporting countries in the Southern Africa Development Community to measure vulnerability to climate change and use this to inform and strengthen emergency and development responses.
Harnessing satellite services to improve Kenyan capacity for disaster prevention, response and recovery
Supporting Small Island Developing States transition from fossil fuel electricity generation to renewable energy