UK Aid Match II - 2016-2020 is the next phase of DFID’s UK Aid Match scheme and has a budget of up to £157 million. UK Aid Match is DFID’s fund to increase UK public engagement in international development, while simultaneously reducing poverty and achieving the Global Goals in priority countries through funded civil society organisations. DFID aims to provide opportunities for the UK public to have a say in how UK aid is spent by offering to match every £1 donated by the public to a UK Aid Match charity appeal. CSOs use the match funding raised in the appeals to implement projects that improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. In the first phase of the UK Aid Match 2013 - 2016, a total of 62 grants were awarded to CSOs, working in 22 countries, and 3.6 million public donations were matched. Under the next phase of the scheme, UK Aid Match II, DFID would like to see an increase in the number and diversity of CSOs accessing UK Aid Match funding, a more diversified subsection of the public being reached by the appeals and engaged in international development, and more innovative or non-challenge fund methods being explored. The next phase of the scheme will have broader country eligibility criteria, which will include countries in the bottom 50 of the Human Development Index and countries that DFID considers to be highly or moderately fragile. In January 2018, DFID selected a MannionDaniels’ led consortium as Fund Manager for the next phase of UK Aid Match. The consortium partners are Education Development Trust, Oxford Policy Management, KIT Royal Tropical Institute and The Social Change Agency.
The main objective of the project is to improve the competitiveness of the Palestinian Private Sector and through a programme of technical assistance and matching grants. The programme comprises 3 key outputs: -improve Private Sector skills and innovation -address market system failures in specific sectors -strenghtening trade and investment linkages with international markets
This pilot programme is designed to increase the research capacity of Universities and research institutes in sub-Saharan Africa, develop well trained staff able to help shape the future of the research and academic communities in their country and to help identify the skills gap in African Higher Education Institutions in order to produce policy recommendations to address this shortage in the longer term
CDIP is a two and a half year programme funded by the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF), a cross-UK government departmental fund to help fragile and conflict affected states. The objective of CDIP is to support the consolidation of democratic practice in Pakistan, through strengthening the capacity of its political institutions to be more capable, accountable and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Pakistani people. Consolidating democracy through enhanced inclusion and legitimacy begins – and continues – beyond election day. The programme will work closely with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP); the Parliament; Provincial Assemblies; political parties; and civil society. It will also focus particularly on enhancing the participation and empowerment of marginalised groups, including women, youth, persons with disabilities and minorities. CDIP will utilise its convening power to broker sustainable relationships that will bring together disparate groups in Pakistani society, and facilitate the building of consensus around the democratic process.
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.
Tilitonse is a multi–donor pooled grant making facility supporting more accountable, responsive and inclusive governance in Malawi through grants to projects led by civil society and other like-minded interest groups. Total funding available for grants is £12 million with DFID, Irish Aid and the Royal Norwegian Embassy as the contributing donors. Tilitonse is in-line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy and is working with other key partners in the Government’s Democratic Governance Sector Working Group.
Malawian children with disabilities are often hidden away from public life and rarely get an education. Access to education is made worse by a lack of knowledge about children with disabilities, teachers lacking the capacity to teach children with disabilities, and an inappropriate school environment. This project works with several local and international partners in Malawi to support families as they enrol their children in early childhood education, and to build an approach to inclusive education into the training provided to early childhood teachers. The quality of inclusive education offered is improved, and more links are built between early education and primary schools. This work improves participants’ ability to continue throughout the education system. By working with schools, communities and government, this project offers an affordable model so the work can continue into the future.
Empowering local people to become involved in, and contribute to, the management of the Tana Delta;
The aim of this research is to develop and experimentally validate a holistic design platform for micro-grids (MG) with hybrid renewable energy systems that enables an end-user-driven, resilient and sustainable electrification of rural communities in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) Tanzania, Uganda and Republic of the Congo. We have designed a research programme with three interlinked workpackages (WPs) which addresses the following specific objectives. 1. Develop a distribution system design methodology for resilient sustainable MG that combines both the planning and real-time operational design into a single joint design stage (Work Package 1, WP1). We will work closely with our local LMIC partners and incorporate socio economic factors (Work Package 2, WP2) and energy-resource aspects (Work Package 3, WP3) in the design procedure. The MG prototypes will be experimentally validated in the Smart Grid laboratory at the University of Leeds (WP1). To achieve excellent dissemination and local acceptance of our approach we will develop a design platform featuring an end-user friendly high-level graphical user interface (GUI) and provide a series of examples and training material. 2. Provide a sustainable, reliable and flexible generation pool for the MG on the basis of a hybrid biofuel-solar system (WP3). The aim of this work package is to model the availability of renewable resources capable of contributing to the MG network and understand the capacity for integrated hybrid solutions to provide increased resilience. The focus will be on availability of combined solar and biomass resources, investigating the options for energy generation via either conventional or hybrid technologies, in particular biofuels, to operate multi-fuel gensets and hybrid solar-driven bioenergy options. This will provide an alternative energy storage to batteries, which are expensive and likely to be stolen. Existing and emerging technologies for processing biomass into liquid or gaseous fuels will be assessed and optimum conversion routes proposed. A major focus of this WP is to produce a dataset on the operation and performance of a multi-fuel genset and development of a model to investigate its capacity and performance in providing resilience and flexibility to the MG network. Environmental impacts, ease of implementation and cost will also be considered together with utilisation of waste and resource recovery. The availability of resources will be derived from different scenarios based on the model smart MG village and drawing from inputs from the field-work of our LMIC collaborators and partners. 3. Involve end-users in research, design, acceptance and adoption and ensure long-term sustainability and resilience through creation of the appropriate incentive structures to install and maintain the MGs (WP2). The socio-economic WP of the project will consist of five interacting components: evaluating the potential range of energy uses within a community and matching technologies to both present and future needs; involvement of end user participation in research, design, acceptance and adoption; ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience through creation of the appropriate incentive structures and tariffs to install and maintain the MGs; ethical dimensions of the project both in terms of the research protocols and equity distributional aspects of MG design and operation; and capacity building within the partnership. This WP will draw on experience from establishment of MG and private sector investment in the Indonesian 'Iconic Islands' programme for electrification of small islands. 4. Train 3 UK-PDRAs (two power and energy systems, one energy socio-economics) in holistic design methods for hybrid sustainable MGs.
Foundation funding will thus be used over an initial two-year period to address existing key knowledge gaps through multidisciplinary research leading to: 1) An improved understanding of the relative importance of transmission routes for MERS-CoV from camels to humans. There is a significant gap in global research knowledge regarding the accurate understanding of specific risk factors and routes of disease transmission from camels to humans. To date there has been no research aimed at identifying which aspects of camel husbandry, camel food products and human interaction with camels are of particularly high risk. However, without this knowledge appropriate control measures to minimise the risk of camel-to-human disease transmission cannot be accurately identified. This research will therefore seek to address these knowledge gaps by conducting a cross-sectional survey, involving both serology and virus isolation (nasal & oropharyngeal swabs) together with the administration of pretested structured questionnaire to identify risk factors for infection among high risk Bedouin communities in the south of Jordan. 2) The identification of culturally acceptable measures to mitigate the risk of MERS-CoV transmission Camels occupy a unique and culturally iconic role in Islamic Arab society and culture. The Qur'an and Hadith (Islamic texts) describe how camels reflect the wisdom and power of God, together with the believed healing properties of camels' milk and urine. In addition, camels have until recent times represented the only means of surviving and maintaining a functioning society in the harsh desert environments such as the Arabian Peninsula - a fact which has also greatly elevated the status of camels in Arab culture, compared with other common livestock species in the region such as sheep and goats. With this in mind it is impossible to develop effective disease control strategies, including potential vaccination programmes, without an accurate understanding of these critical cultural issues. 3) The identification of knowledge gaps that should be the target of further research efforts and generation of key parameters for future disease transmission modelling. Objectives 1 and 2 listed above represent significant key knowledge gaps in the current understanding of MERS-CoV aetiology, epidemiology and control. However, as this study progresses new knowledge gaps will be generated. For example once key routes of transmission and their relative risk have been identified, the mechanism of these transmission routes is likely to require further investigation. Likewise the qualitative study, while addressing existing key knowledge gaps, will also inform future researchers in how best to target the specific issues raised. 4) The establishment of Jordan, through JUST, as a centre of excellence in MERS-CoV research, surveillance, control and training, able to serve the whole region. While the current MERS-CoV human epidemic in is largely centred on Saudi Arabia, MERS-CoV seropositivity has been identified in dromedary populations across the world. Jordan shares a long porous border with Saudi Arabia and research conducted by the RVC in collaboration with JUST and US NIAD / NIH, has identified high MERS-CoV endemicity among camel populations in Jordan and identified human pathogenic virus isolates from these same populations. Regional political tensions have given Jordan a unique position as a largely neutral, peaceful hub for regional training and dissemination of knowledge. This, combined with the existing OIE twinning initiative between RVC and JUST - and its associated collaboration with world experts in epidemiology and virology from LSHTM and US NIAD / NIH - provides a unique opportunity to develop JUST and Jordan as centre of excellence for MERS-CoV research surveillance, control and training, able to serve the entire region.