To record front line delivery budgets and spend for the London based Ebola team
The project will aim to build on previous economic growth programmes, ensuring continuity of successful work streams. However the change will be a focusing of resources in specific geographic areas, under more cross cutting models. This will achieve both a high targeted impact and a strong demonstration effect, delivering large scale job creation, income improvements and inclusive economic growth. Important additionality will include environmental benefits from renewable energy and improved agricultural land and water use planning, as well as easing the tensions that lead to conflict, through creating economic opportunities, especially for women and youth. This geographic focus will be Kaduna and Kano, and the design will be in line with DFID Nigeria’s strategic plan, which is looking to consolidate and intensify DFID focus on a reduced number of northern States. It will incorporate key themes from the wider DFID agriculture and economic growth global strategies.
The primary aim of DoBeC is to establish a research network between the University of Bedfordshire and the Kommite Pou Etid Kweyol (KEK), a Commonwealth of Dominica NGO an affiliate of The National Cultural Council, Cultural Division of Dominica to establish and develop advocacy for advancement of the Creole heritage and culture through the arts and humanities. The core focus of building this network with the LMIC The Commonwealth of Dominica, is for advancement of the Creole heritage and culture employing a multidisciplinary approach through the unique indigenous Kweyol language, arts (storytelling, song and dance), tourism and its indigenous Kalinago people. In that regard, the networking activities aim to establish and sustain long term engagement and partnership between key actors and stakeholders in the LMIC Dominica and academics at the University of Bedfordshire so as to ensure collaboration which extends beyond participation in initial networking events. Importantly, the network aims to develop and advance policy proposal to establish the Commonwealth of Dominica via KEK and the National Cultural Council as a Centre of Excellence of the Creole Heritage & Culture in the short to medium term, with prospects for seeking World Heritage status in the long term. DoBeC desires to strengthen links with other key regional and international organisations and actors in advancing marginalised indigenous Creole cultures in general and specifically in the wider Caribbean region among other Creole speaking communities namely, St Lucia & Haiti (two LMICs). DoBeC seeks to develop medium to long term international significance through creating further awareness and building stronger links with the international experts in the field in UK and beyond. This will be facilitated through a discussion forum for stimulating debate on creative and innovative perspectives by which marginalised indigenous communities can be engaged and supported in bridging the gap across cultural borders and mixed identities. As such, a pivotal short-term goal of the network is to employ a series of workshops and public engagement fora to advance a white paper for promotion of national policy on establishing (a pilot project) for KEK as a Centre Excellence, and driver of a national creole curriculum and related teacher training programmes. In this regard the specific objectives of the network are to: 1 Develop a platform for collaboration that aims at advancing the creole heritage and culture (language, food, arts, dance and fashion). 2 Instigate the development of a knowledge base regarding the creole heritage and culture and aimed at supporting advocacy, teaching and information dissemination. 3 Investigate and document core principles and best practices for advancing policy on preservation and promotion of the creole heritage and culture in pursuit of advancing KEK as a Centre of Excellence in Creole heritage and cultural preservation in the Caribbean region and beyond. 4 To advance links through established and new international organisations that could help further the agenda of the network (example, International Federation of Art Council and Culture Agencies; Folk Research Centre, St. Lucia; La Francophonie, Waitukubuli Culture and Tourism Initiative, UK among others) in the medium to long term. Evidence based research is needed to determine current attitudes, ascertain support for further institutionalising the creole culture and to document critical aspects of the heritage for sustainable development of all its dimensions. Currently, in some genres much of the knowledge and history remains undocumented practices handed down (Taylor 2006) and in the minds of a few cultural elders and icons. As such it is critical that research is employed to first capture such valuable national information, and then to document and archiveit for sustainability of the creole culture, heritage and its art forms.
1) To critically evaluate and significantly impact CSO practice in the area of human-rights building in post-conflict societies in order to effect real change in the lives of some of the world's most marginalized communities of children and young people, from former child soldiers in Colombia to the undocumented children of illegal migrants in South Africa. 2) To build international and interdisciplinary research capacity at scale and across a range of developing countries, while also producing high-quality research outputs, practical 'tool kits' and engagement events. This will involve drawing out the collective learning from over 20 international development projects that we will commission and rigorously evaluate over the course of our network plus project. We will begin with 'proof-of-concept' projects focussed on our 5 case-study countries. Our commissioned work will then grow in scale to encompass projects that will involve post-conflict societies from across the ODA list of recipient countries. We will have a particular emphasis on the development of early career researchers (ECR) in this regard. Along with providing career development opportunities for a number of PDRAs from the global south and 2 PGRs, the project will also coordinate a dedicated funding call for ODA-focussed projects led by ECRs based in the global south working in partnership with colleagues in the UK. This will be complemented by a larger-scale funding call for more experienced colleagues from ODA countries to work in partnership with UK researchers and international CSOs. 3) To effect, through an internationally-comparative evaluation of practice, lasting policy impact across and beyond the CSOs with whom we will be working, as well as other international multilateral organisations, particularly those that are central to the distribution of funding for international development. Evaluation of these projects will be focussed on i) ensuring that the practices developed during the project are embedded into the on-going work of the CSOs with which we will have been working ii) developing future projects in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the network produced during this project. 4) To create pathways to global policy impact via our partner organisations, their network of community-based organisations and connections with local and national government. These organisations currently include the British Council, UNICEF, UNESCO, Hope and Homes for Children, Plan International and PAX, but will grow over the life-time of the project as we commission new work. 5) To generate synergies with other GCRF projects in order to ensure the maximum impact of RCUK's investment. This will involve working with Salzburg Global Seminar who will organise a bespoke dissemination event for us to engage global leaders in the results of our research. 6) To demonstrate the critical importance of Arts and Humanities research, in partnership with other disciplines, for the delivery of effective international development, thereby making a substantial contribution to the emerging field of Arts and Humanities Research for Development.