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A global programme supporting governance and market reforms aimed at reducing the illegal use of forest resources, benefitting poor forest-dependent people and promoting sustainable growth in developing countries.
Support for up to three million of the most vulnerable people affected by natural disaster and conflict. This will cover both immediate relief and early recovery interventions for shelter, food, non-food items, water and sanitation, livelihood and protection needs, depending on the emergency. This programme will also support developments in the UN and local civil society which are required for humanitarian responses to be more locally owned and effective in future, as well as effective monitoring and evaluation, targeted active research and piloting.
This programme aims to strengthen the resilience of poor households in Malawi to withstand current and projected weather and climate-related shocks and stresses. This will in turn halt the annual cycle of humanitarian crises that blights people’s lives, harms poverty reduction efforts and swallows up resources. The UK will invest up to £90.6 million over five years [2018-2023] to provide direct benefits to 1.7 million poor and vulnerable people in Malawi [approximately 300,000 households].
Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme: greater use of evidence and innovation in humanitarian responsesUK Department for International Development
This is business case 2/3 which implements the DFID Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Strategy. This programme will develop and test innovative approaches to humanitarian practice; provide evidence of the cost effectiveness of investments in disaster risk reduction; provide new evidence on the scaling up of cash-based approaches; support better evidence on insurance as a risk management tool; and create new evidence on the best intervention to improve health and nutrition in emergencies.This is one of three business cases which implements the DFID Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Strategy. Between 2000-2009, more than 2.2 billion people were affected by 4,484 natural disasters. Vulnerability to hazards is increasing as a result of demographic, political and environmental changes. Demand for humanitarian assistance is likely to rise while economic constraints are also increasing. In this context it is important to ensure that the most effective and cost efficient approch
DFID will pursue actions globally to improve land rights protection to: help ensure women and men enjoy legally recognised, secure property and tenure rights. To Improve information and knowledgeto facilitate the provision of clear, transparent land related information and knowledge, enabling rights to be identified, understood and protected. To improve private sector investment through the development and rollout of a standardized investment risk assessment methodology and implementation of best practice in land governance.
The programme aims to build resilience in communities and households in Pakistan to manage the impact of disasters by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks and stresses without compromising their long-term prospects.
The programme aims to build capacity to support key public sector institutions that shape the regulatory environment for business, help the oil seed sector reach its full potential through the establishment of sustainable market structures supported by government, and provide financial and technical support to business adopting pro-poor business models.
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.
Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) is a nearly four-year project funded by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID). MQSUN+ is a mechanism for providing technical assistance (TA) to governments in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and to the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat (SMS). The project aims to catalyse multisectoral country efforts to scale up nutrition impact. It also aims to provide TA to DFID to maximise the quality and effectiveness of its nutrition-related programmes, support generating evidence and learning lessons, and develop nutrition capacity. MQSUN+ comprises two components: A. Component 1 involves the provision of TA to SUN countries and to SMS to strengthen the capacity of over 50 SUN countries to continuously improve their policy and budget cycle management and to deliver policies and programmes that reduce undernutrition. B. Component 2 entails the provision of TA to DFID to maximise the quality and effectiveness of nutrition-related programmes to facilitate the achievement of global targets to reduce malnutrition.
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.
Agriculture Policy Research in Africa (APRA): Economic Development, Women's Empowerment and Poverty ReductionUK Department for International Development
To build an evidence base on what approaches and policies on agriculture commercialisation in Africa have the greatest impact on poverty and reduction , woman's empowerment and improving food security and nutrition.
Funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to increase agriculture productivity of poor farmers by using evidence to identify the most cost effective agricultural interventions; by increasing the uptake of innovation; and, by providing evidence on mechansims that can help to mitigate farming risks
The Strategic Research Fund (SRF) will help underpin DFID and HMG’s strategy and investments in Ethiopia through targeted, short-term analysis and research. Specific pieces of work under the Fund may include research, policy advice, and capacity building such as short term surge support to government offices or other institutions, and training seminars. The programme will support stronger partnerships with Government of Ethiopia, Ethiopian research institutions, and civil society, providing a foundation to influence policy and maximise the impact and value for money of HMG’s work.
The Climate Smart Agriculture in Zambia (CSAZ) programme will utilise up to £25 million of UK International Climate Fund resources between 2016 and 2020. The CSAZ is implemented by the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU). This evaluation will assess the CSAZ programme to determine its impact on resilience, increased income, food security and social benefits at household level. The evaluation will be implemented by a WYG-led consortium contracted through the DFID Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA). The consortium consists of the UK-based LTSI International (LTSI), the Zambian Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), and the US-based Cloudburst Consulting Group. The evaluation has a dual accountability and learning purpose. The majority of the evaluation team’s effort will be directed to learning about the programme’s impacts, with additional evaluation questions helping to contextualise the findings and to generate lessons learned for future implementation design. The headline evaluation questions are as follows: 1. Was the design of CSAZ relevant given its objectives? 2. How efficient and effective is the CFU’s implementation of the Climate Smart Agriculture programme? 3. Do CFU activities improve the incomes, food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers through the promotion of conservation tillage and conservation farming? 4. To what extent is support for CSA from CFU and the private sector institutionally sustainable? Climate Smart Agriculture can incorporate a wide range of practices, incorporating agronomy, soil and water conservation, livestock management and agro-forestry. In the case of CSAZ, the focus is on conservation farming, which is based on three key principles: (i) minimal soil disturbance through minimum tillage , (ii) protecting the top soil with organic soil cover/crop residues and (iii) crop rotation with legumes. CSAZ provides training on conservation farming principles and promotes the adoption of minimum tillage via three different options, namely hoe/basin farming , ripping using animal draught power and mechanised ripping using tractors. CFU promotes the adoption of conservation farming by recruiting a network of Farmer Coordinators (FCs) which offer training to a group of up to 90 farmers per FC each year. This training covers the principles of conservation farming along with information about other good agricultural practices. At the start of the programme, there were 1, 690 Farmer Coordinators from CFU’s previous work. Since July 2016, the programme has recruited a further 1 010 FCs, bringing the total to 2,700. According to data provided by CFU Staff, Farmer Coordinators cover 36 Districts. As part of the CFU exit strategy, qualified Farmer Coordinators will provide CFU-supported training for two years before transitioning to a fully private-sector model where FCs act as community agro-dealers offering farming advice in order to increase sales of equipment and inputs. As a result, CFU is actively collaborating with a range of private sector partners to explore opportunities to attract ongoing private finance in support of its extension network. CFU also facilitates training for tillage service providers, including linking potential ripping service providers to banks for loans to purchase tractors and other equipment. A programme of research activities also aims to collect evidence on soil and yield changes from 93 trial plots across the CFU operational area.