World Bank Program - Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement.
In support of these efforts, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has invested £13 million over seven years (2016-2023) for the development of new research on protracted forced displacement through a joint partnership between DFID, the World Bank Group and UNHCR.
This program will generate evidence on what works to ensure future investments are well targeted and represent good value for money.
The goal is to better understand how policy measures and development investments, and their interaction with local contexts, can help reduce inequalities, alleviate social tensions, and promote social cohesion between and within displaced populations and host communities.
The papers generated from this call will be used as background papers to prepare a report on this topic. The evidence generated through this research program will inform World Bank programming and UNHCR protection programs in forced displacement contexts.
The program consists of five activities that will contribute to different aspects of research that are critical to build the evidence base on protracted forced displacement situations:
Shedding light on global questions: This initiative will finance large multi-country and multi-partner research projects that address questions of global interest related to forced displacement in four strategic thematic areas: jobs, health, education, and social protection.
Through a global tender, grants will be allocated to lead research institutions to produce analyses that shed light on these global questions.
Education: Building the Evidence for What Works.
Health: Big Questions in Forced Migration and Health
Social Protection: Social Protection Responses to Displacement and Integration
Jobs: Global Questions on Forced Displacement and Jobs
Gender: Building the evidence base on gender specific vulnerabilities in forced displacement contexts
Improving programs through impact evaluations: This initiative supports World Bank, UNHCR and DFID operations that require research to answer specific questions that constrain operational delivery.
Grants finance impact evaluations that address one or more specific questions and are expected to produce results that can be used directly to improve existing operations and feed into program policies and design.
The program currently includes 14 impact evaluations:
Afghanistan: Impact evaluation of the Targeting the Ultra Poor graduation program Afghanistan: Assessment of the socio-economic outcomes, movement patterns and reintegration challenges of Afghan returnees
Bangladesh: Impact evaluation of a child protection program in Rohingya refugee camps
Cameroon: Impact evaluation of a program to prevent intimate partner violence among refugees and host communities (Social Safety Nets project)
Ethiopia: Impact evaluation of health and educational outcomes for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts project
Ethiopia: Impact evaluation of labor outcomes of the Ethiopia Economic Opportunities Hybrid Program for Results
Iraq: Impact evaluation of the role played by the government Public Distribution System in mitigating welfare loss for internally displaced populations
Jordan: Impact evaluation of the Providing Opportunities with Education for Refugees and Jordanians program
Kenya: Impact evaluation of health and educational outcomes for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts project
Lebanon: Impact evaluations of teacher support programs (Reaching All Children with Education initiative)
Lebanon: Impact evaluation of the National Poverty Targeting Program graduation model
Niger: Impact evaluation of the Forcibly Displaced Support Project
Nigeria: Impact evaluation of different strategies to improve health workers outreach and health outcomes for pregnant women and women with children in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency (Additional Financing for the Nigeria State Health Investment Project)
Uganda: Impact evaluation of an entrepreneurship program for refugees and host communities in Kampala.
Complementing research with targeted studies: This initiative will synthetize lessons emerging from the entire research program, and complement the program with additional studies.
Research activities will include literature reviews, desk research, meta-analyses of existing literature and original studies complementing research financed under activities 1 and 2. Highlights:
Estimating Poverty for Refugee Populations: Can Cross-Survey Imputation Methods Substitute for Data Scarcity?
The Economics of Forced Displacement : An Introduction
This component of the program aims at expanding the number of researchers focused on forced displacement through two initiatives.
The first is the creation of a Young Fellowship
The second is the establishment of a research network of senior and junior scholars working on forced displacement with microdata.
Highlights: Intergenerational Impact of Population Shocks on Children's Health : Evidence from the 1993-2001 Refugee Crisis in Tanzania
Effect of Armed Conflict on Intimate Partner Violence : Evidence from the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria
This component of the program aims at improving the quantity and quality of microdata available to researchers leveraging the institutional capacities of the World Bank and UNHCR. Examples of this activity include expanding national household surveys to refugees and IDPs, designing new surveys, improving existing registries, and developing methodological material for microdata collections among refugees and IDPs (sampling, questionnaire design, data collection methodologies).
As of 2020, the activities under this pillar have been transferred to the World Bank-UNHCR Joint Data Center.
This includes the provision of health and education including primary and secondary health provision, nutrition programs, pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary and adult education programs.
Research will target five groups including the population of origin, refugees, IDPs, hosts and returnees.
The questions addressed by research proposals may relate to one of these populations, to several of these groups or to the relations between groups.
Priority geographical areas include Sub Saharan Africa with a focus on the countries located immediately South of the Sahara desert, the North Africa and Middle East region with particular emphasis on the Mashreq countries and South Asia with particular emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Apply by 30th July.
For more information and application details, see; World Bank Research Grants on Forced Displacements
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