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UK Aid Connect is designed to create the form of civil society that DFID needs to meet its objectives and the form of civil society the future requires. By creating diverse coalitions to address complex, inter-dependent policy and practice challenges it answers a market gap widely recognised through the CSPR.
The objective of the Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement Operation Project for India is to improve access to quality and market-driven vocational training provided in ITIs and apprenticeships. India's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 7.6 percent in 2015-16 steadily recovering from a low of 5.1 percent in 2012–13. This GDP growth was largely supported by robust consumption growth on the expenditure side and strong growth in the services sector, averaging more than 9 percent between 2012 and 2015, on the production side, although a recovery of industrial value added in 2015–16 was notable. With growth, poverty has declined rapidly from 38.9 percent in 2004–05 to 21.6 percent in 2011–12 (1.90 purchasing power parity per day) at a pace significantly faster than that witnessed in earlier periods. Poverty reduction was supported by greater rural-urban integration, increase in nonfarm wage employment, especially in construction, and higher rural wage growth. Given the cooling of the latter two trends in the past three years, it is likely the pace of poverty reduction moderated. Going forward, India's growth prospects remain bright. A million youth will enter the labor market every month for the next two decades, and India will soon have one of the youngest and largest working-age populations in the world. These demographic dynamics and a rising age-savings profile are likely to generate significant volumes of savings and investment over the coming years. The average schooling of the working-age population, and, consequently, worker productivity, will increase by at least a full year until 2030 even with no further improvements in the educational attainment of today's youth (that is, simply because younger cohorts are better educated) and could rise much faster if further progress is achieved on the education agenda. The proportion of population living i
The Stability Fund’s goal is to work towards a peaceful, secure, stable Somalia. To achieve this, the Stability Fund aims to address the security, development and political drivers of conflict in a local area to achieve the following outcomes: i) Legitimate, viable governance structures able to make and enforce rules locally. ii) Existing and emerging conflicts brought to conclusion and risks of future conflicts mitigated.
PEPE will support private sector development, through improving firms’ access to finance and addressing market and government failures in identified value chains following M4P methodology. PEPE will be implemented through 2 components:1) Access to Finance. The access to finance pillar is expected to achieve the outcome of increasing investment levels in the Ethiopian economy, particularly for growth-oriented SME. 2) Priority Sector. The priority sectors pillar is expected to achieve the outcome of increasing returns on investment (productivity) and investment levels in the identified sectors (live stock and leather, cotton and textile,horticulture). In both pillars, particular priority is given to supporting economic opportunity for women and “greening” growth.
The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF), Phase I, was mandated to design, mobilize finance for, and build climate resilient, pro-poor and transboundary water projects. COWI supported the planning, design and capacity development across the SADC Region to support stronger regional cooperation within the 13 transboundary river basins and its population of about 95 million people. Water insecurity across these basins is high – with frequent droughts interspersed by flooding. Reliable access to water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture and industry is already limited, constraining human development and economic growth. Given projected scenarios for greater water demand (resulting from population growth and economic development) and more variable water supply (due to the impacts of climate change) riparian states are required to strengthen their cooperation over shared rivers to protect and achieve development gains. Within this context, CRIDF1 delivered, and CRIDF2 will continue to deliver, climate resilient water infrastructure interventions that include: › Water Infrastructure Projects Identification and development of infrastructure projects through the entire cycle from scoping, feasibility and detailed design, procurement through to implementation. CRIDF supports the in-country procurement, financing and supervi-sion systems for infrastructure projects that, once completed, would be owned and managed by national and local authorities, water/energy utilities and beneficiary associations. The projects are used as platforms to further engage stakeholders, introducing climate resilience and transboundary concepts into national and regional policies. Subse-quently the lessons and evidence from the projects are disseminated through stakeholder networks in an effort to replicate success, and mainstream climate resilience and pro-poor considerations into water management practices. Where feasible power supply is provided through renewable energy installations, such as solar; › Infrastructure financing arrangements In addition to funding CAPEX for projects from its own budgets, CRIDF mobilizes infrastructure finance interventions to complement the infrastructure preparation work. This work focuses on investigating and securing innovative finance arrangements and funding partners for the implementation of the infrastructure projects that CRIDF will have pre-pared. By doing so, CRIDF seeks to leverage the maximum available support to catalyse transformation in joint plan-ning and implementation of climate resilient infrastructure. › Technical assistance to stakeholders CRIDF provides extensive technical assistance to the relevant stakeholders, ranging from long-term advice to key insti-tutions, to a rapid advisory service to respond to ad hoc requests. Such technical assistance aims at influencing the comprehensive planning and management of water infrastructure projects in the shared river basin context; › Building cooperation The overarching objective of CRIDF’s strategic interventions is that projects should be transformational in terms of their impact on building climate resilience for the poor in southern Africa. CRIDF actively promote changing the ena-bling environment in which CRIDF and other climate resilient infrastructure projects are designed, managed, imple-mented and operated, with a key aim to build cooperation through regional climate resilient economic growth, thereby shifting the way decision makers think, plan, operate and maintain water infrastructure. › Strategic Communications CRIDF has a comprehensive communication strategy that aims at stakeholders are informed about the background and the results of CRIDF using different communication avenues. CRIDF has produced a broad range of communications materials to share their work to bring transformational change to Southern Africa through improved transboundary water resources management from written briefs, brochures, case studies video documentaries. CRIDF combines different types of written materials, website news stories, resource centre for downloads and communication cam-paigns for effective dissemination. › Monitoring and Learning Framework The CRIDF has a functioning monitoring and learning framework that serves a dual purpose; i) to provide sufficient accurate data to programme management for decision making purposes (programme monitoring) and ii) to monitor and scrutinise programme process and implementation to provide. The CRIDF monitoring and learning approach is based on the OECD DAC criteria of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. In addition, given the regional and facilitative nature of CRIDF the approach take into considerations the OECD DAC
To strengthen the enabling environment for adolescent girls and womens empowerment in Nigeria by 2017.This will improve the lives of 120000 adolescent girls and women, resulting in greater inclusion of adolescent girls and women issues in political and governance processes and improved use of evidence in policy and practice.
To support innovative approaches to improving the quality, value for money and sustainability of basic services in the education, health and water and sanitation sectors in Tanzania
The programme will target the worst forms of child labour in Asia, including bonded child labour. It will invest in building new evidence of how best to tackle child labour, pilot and assess different approaches and support policy dialogue with governments and regional bodies. As a regional programme, it will also engage closely with DFID country offices to help them scale up work on child labour in their programmes in the future.
A Technical Assistance project to better train and place Nepalis in both domestic and international jobs. By primarily using a Challenge Fund mechanism, SEP will partner with the private sector to bring in innovative training models to address key gaps while also leveraging private sector resources. Models will focus on solutions in the ICT, tourism, commercial agriculture, light manufacturing, and hydropower sectors, all of which are key economic drivers for Nepal. The project will also look at partnering with relevant government entities to evaluate and recommend public training models, as well as develop skilling capacity at the provincial level. Along the way, SEP will provide targeted support to build capacity in key skilling areas with other Development Partners. The migration piece of SEP will focus on harnessing the benefits of migration for Nepal’s workforce and economic development. SEP will demonstrate a number of cost-effective models to increase migrants’ skills; lower financing and other costs of traveling abroad; and, increase savings and investment of remittances. Cross cutting will be financial literacy. SEP will work in tandem with efforts by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other key counterparts in Nepal and Asia, which depends heavily on Nepali migrants. As a result, the project will help overcome the skills mismatch, reaching over 90,000 Nepalis with an increase in income attributed to the project. Of these beneficiaries, 40% are likely to be women and 30% from Disadvantaged Groups (DAGs) including Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). As DFID’s implementing partner on this initiative, Louis Berger will coordinate its strategies and activities with major public, private sector, donor community, including donor agencies, and other stakeholders who are involved in providing support to the GoN in skills development.
To improve the use of public resources to deliver services that benefit the poor and make the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo more accountable by making the national expenditure process more efficient, enhancing external and internal controls on the use of public funds, and supporting four (pre 2015) provinces in managing their funds more effectively. This will benefit Democratic Republic of Congo citizens as a whole, and in particular the provinces of Equateur, Kasai Oriental, Kinshasa and North Kivu.
Strategic Response 1: Increase access to quality HIV and health programmes Strategic Response 2: Support community-based organisations to be connected and effective elements of health systems Strategic Response 3: Advocate for HIV, health, gender, and human rights Strategic Response 4: A stronger partnership that is evidence-based and accountable to communities
Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) is a joint research initiative of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department For International Development (DFID). It offers a competitive research grants scheme for projects related to the behaviour of firms in Low-Income Countries (LICs) that aim to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in these countries. It will pursue a research agenda focusing on private-sector development. Existing research suggests that the private sector in these countries faces a multitude of constraints. These constraints interact with one another. For example, the strategic interaction of firms with market power will be affected by the regulatory regime governing both new entrants and incumbent firms. What is needed is research which allows us to understand how these constraints interact. PEDL will pursue a range of approaches that promise to produce credible research results that will be useful for policy-making, supporting research related to private enterprises of all sizes, initially focused on four themes: modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data, understanding how constraints interact using micro-founded macro models, the dynamics of SMEs - informality and entrepreneurship and the role of export-oriented industries in driving growth. PEDL offers a mixture of substantial research grants and smaller “Exploratory” grants. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with applications solicited from researchers throughout the world.
Accountable Grant: "Releasing the Transformational Potential of Extractives for Economic Development (RTPEED)"Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
To support implementation of NRGI 2014-2019 Strategy, including country strategies in NRGI/DFID priority countries and other NRGI global work and frontier areas.
This research will help to address major operational evidence gaps on how to make tax systems more equitable, efficient and conducive to poverty reduction, stable economic growth, and better governance. The supplier will work closely with tax specialists and tax administrations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to i) deliver a high quality set of research findings, ii) build tax research capacity in low income countries, and iii) engage with policy makers, including HMG, and other stakeholders, to facilitate the uptake and impact of this new research
Most people in developing countries engage in some form of spiritual practice and believe that their faith is important and enables them to relate to the world. The Afrobarometer in Africa found that 81% of those surveyed felt that religion was a 'very important' factor in their lives. Gallup polls found that two-thirds of respondents in developing counties 'give God high importance' or consider themselves to be 'religious people'. Since 1950, the growth in the numbers of religious adherents in developing countries has been greater than the growth in population. 'Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching practice, worship and observance.' The work through UK Aid Connect will contribute to the following overall objective: a world where all women and men, girls and boys throughout all stage of their lives have equal opportunity to realise their rights, achieve their potential and live in dignity, free from extreme poverty, exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence. Success will be getting to zero on extreme poverty and achieving development outcomes across all economic and social population groups.
To provide rigorous, relevant and accessible evidence base on livelihoods, social protection and basic services that informs operational decisions by DFID/HMG, international development agencies and national actors in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
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.
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.
To create a robust, relevant and accessible body of evidence that will help improve local, national and international efforts in developing countries to secure more effective states and state-society relations.
Evidence-Based Knowledge for Development (K4D) – a service delivering evidence and knowledge through collaborative lesson learningUK Department for International Development
To deliver knowledge and evidence services to developing countries and the donor community to ensure that programming and policy in development is informed by the best available knowledge and evidence of what works. The services will provide: a rapid response across a number of disciplines; a pool of technical expertise, providing content for learning journeys and knowledge products; expertise in ICT to develop innovative online products for learning; active networks of learning with a range of partners. The programme will strengthen the systematic use of learning and evidence in developing countries and the donor community, and development partners, and open and share that learning for the greater good; we will undertake learning on shared development challenges with our partners and developing countries.The expected impact of this intervention is enhanced quality and effectiveness of donor investments.