Call for Expressions of Interest: Women’s Economic Empowerment in a Low-Carbon COVID-19 Recovery
Call for Expressions of Interest: Women Economic Empowerment in a Low-Carbon COVID-19 Recovery
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce a new research funding opportunity, implemented through its Sustainable Inclusive Economies division. This call for expressions of interest aims to advance the generation and use of context-specific evidence that can contribute to women’s increased economic empowerment in the Global South, in the context of lower-income countries’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing climate crisis.
Scope and Eligibility
This CAD$ 10 million call is made available through an open competitive process targeting organizations based in low- and lower-middle income countries, in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. It is designed for organizations that will contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable pandemic responses and recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries and will support solutions-oriented research that addresses the following research questions:
- In COVID-19 responses and recovery, what policy responses, interventions, business and investment initiatives, and women-led actions and organizations can effectively support women’s economic empowerment through the provision of inclusive and decent employment opportunities, while addressing the growing climate crisis and creating a pathway for a climate-resilient economy? Which interventions and solutions have the potential for scale?
- What policies, business and investment initiatives, and support for small-and medium-sized enterprises can promote women’s opportunities in sectors that have the highest potential to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy, such as energy, transport, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, and natural resource conservation?
- What policies, business, and innovative finance initiatives can promote cross-border trade and value chains that promote quality opportunities for women while contributing to decarbonization and climate resilience?
- How can transition to sustainable production and green jobs accelerate the COVID-19 recovery, and that create economic opportunities for women? What public policies and incentives can support these?
The Sustainable Inclusive Economies division will allocate CAD$ 10 million through this call, with selected projects receiving funding between CAD $750,000 - CAD $ 1,000,000. 10 to 13 research projects will be funded with projects scheduled to be completed within a timeframe not exceeding 30 months, including all research activities and final reporting.
To complete an online application, select ‘Apply’ below. Kindly note that submitted EoIs must come from a single organization (lead applicant/institution). In case the proposal involves multiple institutions, the lead institution must submit a single application on behalf of those involved. IDRC will only establish a contract with the lead applicants of successful proposals.
For more information on the call and eligibility criteria, please consult the Call for EoIs. This call will be open from March 16 to April 13, 2021 at 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time.
The frequently asked questions (FAQs) drafted for this Call can be accessed here.