PEP launches a new call for project proposals on “Climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa: The impacts and responses for women and girls”
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has awarded funding to PEP for a new research initiative on “Climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa: Impacts and responses for women and girls”. Through this three-year initiative (2020-2023), PEP will support up to four (4) research projects, each in a different sub-Saharan African country.
This initiative aims to address critical capacity gaps on both (supply and demand) sides of the research-policy nexus and produce the evidence that local and national policymakers need to inform specific policy interventions for:
To ensure the relevance of the research and its use for informing policy, the projects will be led by teams of local researchers and government officers.
In accordance with PEP’s core mission, this initiative includes an important “capacity building” component and targets teams of researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa. The selected teams will benefit from the unique and manifold PEP "Grant Plus" support mechanism as they conduct high quality, policy-oriented research projects using cutting-edge methodologies (macro-micro policy modeling, microeconomic analysis and non-experimental impact evaluation and experimental impact evaluation for this call) to inform relevant development policy decisions in their home countries.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. All countries feel the negative effects of climate change on welfare, livelihoods and economic prospects, but developing countries and, within them, the most vulnerable populations suffer the greatest impacts. This is especially true for women and girls.
Indeed, due to traditional and historical inequalities and role differentiation (such as with regards to decision powers, access to resources and assets, or managing household consumption), women are particularly at risk of increased marginalization when there is climate change-induced competition for resources (Eastin, 2018), but they are also at the forefront of survival and adaptation efforts.
Climate hazards and their consequences also exacerbate the vulnerability of girls - through increased marginalization due to the inequalities described above - compromising their development and, consequently, the strength and capacity of future generations to face the challenges awaiting them in the world of tomorrow.
Gaining a deeper understanding, through a rigorous analytical process, of how the specific population groups of women and girls are affected or respond to these challenges is crucial to informing well-designed policies and interventions that can support mitigation and/or adaptation effectively in the short and long-term. Evidence-informed decision-making is key to ensuring the effectiveness of policy action. However, to provide useful and applicable evidence-based policy recommendations, the communication of evidence resulting from research activities must take account of the specific social norms, public values and other constraints and considerations that will affect and influence policy decisions.
Since 2015, 36 of sub-Saharan Africa’s 46 countries have established policies, laws, plans and strategies relating to climate change. However, only three countries – Mali, Malawi and Nigeria – identify women and children as populations in need of particular consideration. There is an urgent need for in-depth, gender-sensitive evidence to inform climate change response policies.
Within these themes, this call is for research to support policy processes through gender-sensitive analysis of specific existing or potential policy solutions to address key knowledge gaps and policy needs in terms of the evidence base.
Click here for a detailed presentation of the thematic scope of this call and some examples of appropriate policy research questions.
In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), researchers are also welcome to indicate interest in analyzing a related intervention led by their local UNDP country office (visit https://www.adaptation-undp.org/). The UNDP would seek ways to assist the analysis (e.g. in accessing information and data, assisting in policy engagement, dissemination, etc.), but researchers would conduct their analysis independently.
Building on 16 years of experience and the knowledge of a large pool of world-renowned experts in the field, PEP offers unique expertise in the application of cutting-edge methodologies and analytical techniques in economics and development research within the specific context of developing countries.
The PEP research support program spans four distinct methodological approaches. For each approach, experts from around the world are assigned as mentors to the research project teams upon the teams' selection.
For this call, PEP will be accepting proposals involving any of the three following approaches:
For this initiative, the selected project teams will benefit from an extended PEP support program (including training, guidance, mentorship, peer-review, etc.) to strengthen/develop capacity in:
The projects selected under this call will develop two distinct papers: a research/working paper, and a policy paper: the first detailing the process and results of the scientific research work, and the latter to position the issues and findings within the country’s broader policy context and strategies. PEP will provide the selected teams with support, training, mentorship and peer-review in both areas.
A key feature of this call is that selected project teams must be composed of both researchers and government officials/officers:
Four (4) researchers - including one senior/experienced researcher acting as the team leader and at least two researchers aged under 30 - with a sufficient academic and/or professional background in economic policy analysis. Having a master’s degree/diploma or being currently enrolled in a master’s program is a minimum requirement (generally, team leaders should have a doctoral degree/diploma or be currently enrolled in a doctoral program). These members should describe their relevant training and experience in the issues and research techniques involved
Research team members will strengthen their expertise in the application of research methodologies, while government-affiliated members will acquire critical knowledge pertaining to the features, requirements and constraints of rigorous empirical analysis. Both sides will also gain new understanding and skills related to the contextualization and translation of research into policy terms.
Applicant teams must also:
All projects are contracted with individual researchers (team leaders), not with institutions. However, the government-affiliated team members must procure an official letter from the head of their institution stating that s/he approves 1) the research questions and objectives, as well as 2) the involvement of the concerned staff members in the project. You may use the following letter template.
Proposals involving experimental impact evaluation (PIERI group) must use a random assignment technique. Teams presenting a proposal of this kind must submit an official letter from the implementing authority in charge of the experiment stating their commitment to carry out an experimental evaluation (i.e. involving random assignment).
This initiative will fund up to four (4) new projects.
Funding is up to US $58 K, including US $24 K in a research (cash) grant tied to deliverables and up to US $34K in various subsidies, such as for participation in PEP meetings and study visits, publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations in international conferences, the organization of national policy conferences to share/discuss findings with stakeholders, etc.
Proposals are evaluated, and selected, based on the following criteria:
PEP conference participants
Final project selections will be announced after the conference.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is August 25, 2020
Applications must be submitted via the PEP intranet system, before August 25, 2020 (23:59 GMT). Here are the steps to follow:
ALL members of the applicant teams must register on the PEP website BEFORE submitting a new proposal.
To register, click Register (see also the top right corner of the PEP website header, next to "Login") and follow the instructions.
Once registered, each member will receive a username and password by email, normally within minutes. Your profile will be activated within 24 hours.
Access your PEP intranet file by clicking on the Login button (also top right corner above) and entering the username and password received.
Note that you can change your password yourself, through your personal intranet profile, at any time.
ALL members of the applicant team must complete their PEP intranet profile, including their CV, birthday, highest diploma, a photo and short professional bio.
To do this, each member should log in to the PEP website and then select "Profile" (then "Upload CV", "Upload photo", etc.).
To submit the proposal, the team leader must log in, open the menu under "My workspace", click on "Submit New Proposal", fill out the required information and upload all required documentation using the mandatory PEP proposal template (provided below - see "content of proposals").
All team members who are listed in the proposal document must be added to the intranet page for your proposal.
To be considered, applicant teams ARE REQUIRED to submit their proposal using the following mandatory templates.
There are three main areas/dimensions to all PEP-supported projects: research, capacity building, research and policy engagement. Each dimension must be considered with due care and attention, as they will be assessed individually and concurrently to determine the overall quality of a proposal. For guidance and/or information, you may also refer to the following:
We also strongly encourage applicants to consult PEP’s list of recommended readings on climate change analysis and other readings specific to their country/region and topic of analysis.
PEP encourages applicant teams to submit proposals in English but also welcomes proposals (including all supporting documents) that are submitted in French or Spanish.
PLAGIARISM is strictly unacceptable - more information about the definition of plagiarism and related instructions for citing sources. PEP uses a software program to detect cases of plagiarism.
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