The Initiative aim is to improve and deepen the existing data and evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls.
Through the initiative, funding is available to support piloting, data collection, analysis, dissemination, and policy engagement activities. For each theme, the Initiative will consider two types of projects:
1. Diagnostic studies to understand the effects of COVID-19 and related containment efforts on women’s work, entrepreneurship, and skilling, and how the crisis exacerbates gendered risks and existing gender inequalities. The initiative will support a small number of descriptive studies to collect and share urgently needed information to key decision-makers responding to the evolving crisis. Clear policy relevance and demand needs to be demonstrated for this type of projects, as well as lack of existing descriptive data available.
2. Policy and program evaluations generating actionable insights to identify and scale effective approaches to address and mitigate the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and related containment measures on work, entrepreneurship, and skilling issues, both during the immediate crisis and the longer-term recovery period. Strong preference will be given to randomized controlled trials, but technically strong quasi-experimental designs will also be considered.
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The goal is to provide evidence-based insights and policy recommendations to address gender inequalities in the context of COVID-19 policy responses during the immediate crisis and extended recovery period.
The focus countries of this initiative are Kenya and Bangladesh.
The WWES Initiative combines data collection efforts, research projects, and policy work, around two key themes:
a) women’s work, entrepreneurship and time use;
b) youth skilling and school-to-work transitions.
Award size: between USD$10,000 and USD$120,000.
The deadline to submit a proposal is January 27, 2021.
For more information, please visit http://www.poverty-action.org/publication/wwes-rfp-instructions