Published On: Tue, Jul 30th, 2013

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation Request for Proposals 2013

Deadline: 30 August 2013

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) seeks to improve the lives of poor people in low- and middle-income countries by providing, and synthesizing, evidence on what programmes work, in terms of which outcomes, for which group of people, at what cost and under what conditions.

3ie has issued the Systematic Reviews Call 6 Request for Proposals to increase the international community’s use of evidence in policy making. This is the sixth call for proposals under 3ie’s systematic reviews programme.

3ie, together with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the International Fund for Agricultural evelopment (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have developed seven systematic review questions.

There will be one award for each of these questions, but 3ie and its partners may choose to fund fewer reviews if insufficient proposals of adequate quality are received. This is an exciting opportunity to work on highly policy relevant research which will directly inform the policies of the funding agencies.

Agriculture

Question 1 (AGRA/IFAD)

What are effective modes of delivery of information (for example, on markets, weather, soil conditions) to improve farmer decisions and uptake of improved seeds, better soil management practices and technologies?

Question 2 (AGRA/IFAD)

What are effective types of contractual arrangements (for example, fair trade schemes, cooperatives formation) to increase smallholders’ market power, food security, marketed surplus and net returns?

Question 3 (AGRA/IFAD)

What are the most cost-effective interventions (for example, participatory breeding, village-level agro dealers, post-harvest management) to incentivise smallholders to adopt improved seeds, and better practices and technologies?

Question 4 (AGRA/IFAD)

What combinations of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies are most cost effective in increasing agricultural productivity and smallholder incomes?

Question 5 (USAID)

What are effective interventions in promoting upgrading in agriculture (using investments and/or innovations that add value to products or services at the farm or value chain levels) that foster economic growth and benefits the poor?

Climate change

Question 6 (USAID)

What are effective economic interventions to reduce mal-adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (for example, living in flood plains, developing coastal areas, irrigating deserts for crop production) and to incentivise investments that promote climate change resilience?

Property rights and land policy

Question 7 (MCC)

What property rights and land-policy interventions are most cost-effective at promoting economic development (i.e., reducing costs and increasing productivity and incomes)? These interventions can include, but are not limited to, legal and policy reforms, institutional reforms, decentralisation of landrelated services, improvements to land mapping and surveying systems, formalization of property rights and improved dispute resolution facilities.

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