CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Studies Exploring Inequalities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya

Funding: up to £150,000 (£50,000 for each Observatory)
Applications on a rolling basis

Applicants should communicate their intention to apply by 15 January.

The REACH Programme is a 7-year, £15m programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This project, led by the University of Oxford, involves a research consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice. It aims to improve water security for 5 million poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious research programme and global science-practitioner partnership working to deliver significant benefits for people living in poverty.

REACH is launching a call for applications for studies Exploring Inequalities in three Observatories: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Wukro (Ethiopia), and Kitui (Kenya). A total of £150,000 of funding (£50,000 for each observatory) will be available until April 2019 to co-build knowledge on how water(in)security produces or reflects socio-economic inequalities and marginalisation, particularly of gender and disabled people.

In Dhaka, the aim of the study will be to analyse how industrialisation and water security are interlinked, specifically, how different related structural challenges affect individual agencies, especially those of vulnerable people living in riparian areas of Dhaka.

In Wukro the study will explore how reliance upon domestic water sources for income generating activities shape social structures and affect agencies, particularly of vulnerable people.

In Kitui the commissioned research aims to explore the tension between structure and agency, particularly of vulnerable people in relation to governance and management of different water supply models.

This research will inform the sector and policy makers on the consequences of industrialisation, appropriateness of water management and social consequences of different models of water supply. The call is opened for researchers or research teams that fulfil the aim of the programme including civil society organisations, research institutions, regional organisations, think tanks, governmental organisations and the private sector.

You should submit your application to only one of the three Observatories.
The application should be submitted to Applicants are encouraged to apply early, and to communicate their intention to apply by 15 January with the title of their project and the possible date of sending the final application.

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