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GCRF Equitable resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals

Deadline: March 7, 2019

On behalf of UKRI, the Economics Research Council are pleased to invite proposals for a new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) call under the theme of equitable resilience. We aim to fund 10 research proposals of up to 36 months duration.

The ambition of the UNISDR Sendai Framework is to ‘build back better’ by harnessing the opportunities of disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction to enhance and accelerate development. However, there is a lack of evidence to identify policy and interventions which are effective at addressing both disaster management and sustainable development together. A particular challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals is to support the poor and marginalised at risk, including women, children, the aged and disabled and those of minority ethnic backgrounds, to achieve sustainable and resilient livelihoods.

The focus of this programme is to provide a systematic and rigorously researched evidence base on the ways in which climate change adaptation, humanitarian action, risk management and resilience can enable pathways for transition to sustainable development – ensuring equity across poor and marginalised communities in developing countries.

The call is structured around four areas:

  • Transformative adaptation
  • Survivor-led humanitarian response
  • Enhancing local capacity through understanding and reducing risk
  • Risk management-development co-benefits

Realizing these opportunities requires working at the interface of resilience and development as part of interdisciplinary projects (covering social and economic, environmental, physical and engineering sciences, or the arts and humanities) and working very closely with policy or practice – from local actors to global development and humanitarian organizations, and private sector concerns active in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

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