Projects granted in second call of the Joint SDG research programme

The projects are aimed at developing accessible, affordable and applicable outputs for practitioners in LMICs

21 December 2018

Eight projects were selected to receive funding in the second call of the joint SDG research programme of NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development and Dutch co-funding research organisations. This programme funds use-inspired research to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

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The research projects are aimed at generating new, evidence-based knowledge and outputs that are accessible, affordable and applicable for practitioners in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). To enhance the use of generated knowledge, selected projects include close cooperation between Dutch and local researchers, between different disciplines and between knowledge institutes, governments, NGOs, private partners, or other relevant end-users. Additionally, projects are expected to make an effort to share their plans, progress and outputs with organisations that potentially may use the knowledge generated and tangible outputs.

Granted projects

The research projects granted include six 0.5 Million euro projects and two joint 1 Million euro projects:

Inclusive Cities through Equitable access to Urban Mobility Infrastructures for India and Bangladesh
Main applicant: Dr A. Bailey (UU)
This project aims to develop evidence-based insights for affordable, safe and accessible urban mobility  for marginalised groups by taking a novel, user-centred intersectional approach.

Invisible children: a rights-based approach to development for children living in unrecognized states
Main applicant: Prof. A.P.M. Coomans (UM)
This project focuses on the development rights of children in unrecognised states. It has the potential to contribute to the fields of human rights in general and children’s human rights in specific, and also to better understand how to operationalise the SDGs from a rights-based framework.

Addis Ababa Living Lab: Creating Resilient Dwelling Clusters for Urban Resettlement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [2ALL]
Main applicant: Prof. ir. M.G. Elsinga (TUD)
The aim of this project is to improve the livelihood of Addis Ababa’s urban dwellers using transdisciplinary approaches of analysis, planning and design.  A contextually new co-creation model will be used.

Targeting a climate change hotspot: science to support the SDGs and sustainable water management in the transboundary Indus river basin (SustaIndus)
Main applicants: Dr W.W. Immerzeel (lead) & Prof F. Ludwig  (UU/WUR)
This project aims to develop sustainable pathways that support decision makers and practitioner to develop science-based policy and climate-smart solutions to provide food, water and energy to all people in the Indus river basin.

INSPiRED – INclusive diagnoStics for Poverty RElated parasitic Diseases in Nigeria and Gabon
Main applicants: Dr E.A. van Lieshout (lead) & Dr J.C. Diehl (UL/TUD)
This project aims  to improve the diagnosis of three major poverty-related diseases (malaria, schistosomiasis and hookworm infection) and reduce their grave impact in endemic countries.

Wellbeing, Women and Work in Ethiopia: Creating synergies between SDGs 3, 5 and 8 through Foreign Direct Investment (The “3WE” project)
Main applicant: Prof. V.M. Mazzucato (UM)
This project aims to better understand the effects of FDI generated labour on well-being of workers, women in particular. Manufacturing and horticulture in Ethiopia are identified as case studies. It will produce one of the first comparisons between sectors and investors.

Diagnosing drought for dealing with drought in 3D: Toolbox for increasing drought preparedness of actors in water and climate governance, starting from north-eastern Brazil
Main applicant: Dr ir. P.R. van Oel (WUR)
This project aims to combine socio-hydrology and water management to gain a better understanding of human influences on drought. Research will be conducted in North-East Brazil and will result in a toolbox.

The groundwork for establishing Controlled Human Helminth Infection Models in Africa (Gabon and Uganda) (CHIinAfrica)
Main applicant: Dr M. Roestenberg (UL)
The ultimate aim of this project is to empower the researchers and the communities to conduct a pilot trial, which will pave the way for future testing of novel vaccines and medicines for the prevention of Hookworm, Necator americanus (Na) and Schistosoma mansoni (Sm).

Source: NWO