Closing the Justice Gap : A Research and Learning Agenda for Legal Empowerment
IDRC is pleased to launch a call for proposals for applied research projects of up to three years in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. This cohort of projects will seek to generate knowledge and evidence on how legal empowerment strategies work to overcome structural inequality and exclusion, expand participation, and promote public accountability.
IDRC seeks proposals for applied action research projects of up to three years which can be either single country studies led by local organizations or multi-country studies, led by local organizations across countries. Research projects will focus on generating evidence about innovative legal empowerment approaches and experimentation from the field. Research will contribute to building a comparative evidence base on how legal empowerment approaches draw on the grassroots and community-level experiences of addressing specific violations and the leadership of those directly affected to achieve systems change. In particular, we will focus on how legal empowerment approaches can contribute to addressing the root causes of inequality and exclusion and to promoting public accountability.
The application process is open to applicants from non-governmental, academia, private and public-sector organizations with a strong research focus. We encourage applications from multi-disciplinary consortiums of organizations within a country, or across countries, bringing together capacity in terms of community-level or grassroots support, applied research and national-level advocacy. Given the focus on action research, strong preference will be given to consortia with organizations engaged in community-based justice work. IDRC intends to provide grant funding for research projects of up to a maximum of CA$450,000 each for single country projects, and CA$800,000 each for multi-country projects (up to 3 countries), for 36 months.
All applications must be submitted through this online application system by March 22, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Any enquiries related to the application process should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries should be received on or before March 17 at 5:00pm ET in order to receive a response prior to the deadline date. Any enquiries which affect all applicants received on or before the above-mentioned deadline will be added to the FAQs with IDRC’s responses to those enquiries, without revealing the source of the enquiries.
Online information sessions are planned for March 2 for interested applicants in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. To register, please click follow these links:
Sub-Saharan Africa session (bilingual)