Proposal Preparation Grants

3ie has awarded nine preparation grants to research teams to prepare proposals for rigorous impact evaluation designs related to climate change mitigation and adaption in Sub-Saharan and North Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

The impact evaluation designs prepared through successful proposals will facilitate generating a critical mass of evidence on how climate change programmes affect human, economic and environmental welfare in vulnerable countries.

To read more about the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Window, click here.

3ie hosted a grantee inception workshop for the nine research teams on 2-3 September in Manila, Philippines. Click here to read more.

Proposal preparation grants

REDD+ activities and community-based early warning systems for floods and landslides in Nepal

Principal investigators: Paul McShane, Dil Raj Khanal, Anke Leroux, Paulo Santos Bhaskar Kharky, Adarsha Pokhrel

Research organisations: Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI), Monash University, FECOFUN, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and ADAPT-Nepal

The research team is preparing two full impact evaluation proposals, one focusing on REDD+ activities and one on community-based early warning systems for floods and landslides. The former will look at impacts of the REDD+ pilot programme and overlapping community forestry activities, overseen by the REDD Forest and Climate Change Cell under the Ministry of Forestry and Soil Conservation, Nepal, on carbon stocks and livelihoods among communities in the treatment and control groups. The latter will look at impacts of early warning systems, implemented by the Department of Hydrology and Meterology, on loss of property and life and on investments in housing and durable assets.

Livelihood impacts of incentive-based environmental services in Bolivia

Principal investigators: Nigel Asquith, Paul Ferraro, Ricardo Godoy, Kelsey Jack

Research organisations: Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Georgia State University, Tufts University, Brandeis University

This impact evaluation proposal will focus on livelihood impacts of an incentive-based environmental services intervention carried out by Fundación Natura Bolivia. This intervention is being carried out in close collaboration with 13 municipal governments in the Bolivian Chaco.

Climate change adaptation and biodiversity in Morocco

Principal investigators: Gunther Bensch, El Mostafa Jamea, Vera Tekken

Research organisations: RWI Essen, University of Greifswald, MENARES - MENA Renewables and Sustainability

This proposal will look at the impacts of a programme focusing on climate change adaptation and biodiversity in Morocco. The programme, which is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is in collaboration with different public and private partners, the lead executing agency being the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.

Reducing deforestation and improving connectivity in montane habitats of Colombia

Principal investigators: Oscar Rodríguez, Claudia Romero, Guillermo Rudas, Olga Romero

Research organisation: Econometria

The research team is preparing a full impact evaluation proposal focusing on changes to forest cover and land use, carbon emissions, as well as rural productivity impacts of a silvopastoral conservation intervention carried out by Fundación Natura in the eastern Andean range of Colombia. The intervention seeks to reduce deforestation and maintain and improve connectivity in critical high montane habitats. The intervention will be integrated with the portfolio of REDD+ activities undertaken by the Colombian government.

Impacts of community-based disaster risk management committees in Mozambique

Principal investigators: Jessica Hellman, Chen Chen, Dennis Eucker, Juan Carlos Guzman, Lila Khatiwada, Ian Noble

Research organisations: University of Notre Dame, Universidade Católica de Moçambique

In collaboration with the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management (INGC) and GIZ, the research team is preparing a full impact evaluation proposal on the impacts of community-based disaster risk management committees (CBDRMCs) in Mozambique. This evaluation will measure both the current status of CBDRMCs and the contribution of these committees to the local adaptive capacity at the community level. Findings from the study are expected to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of CBDRMCs nationwide. It will also advance understanding of climate-related risk evaluation, including the use of an index transferable to other regions and projects.

Reducing carbon emissions and improving livelihoods through forest carbon programme in Indonesia

Principal investigators: Nicholas Burger, Herlina Hartanto, Yuta Masuda

Research organisations: RAND, The Nature Conservancy – United States, The Nature Conservancy - Indonesia

This full impact evaluation proposal will look at the impacts of Indonesia’s Berau Forest Carbon Program (BFCP), which is being implemented by the Berau district government and non-governmental partners. This evaluation will focus on components where The Nature Conservancy is playing a lead role. BFCP is a multi-component REDD+ programme that seeks to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and improve livelihoods by improving logging and palm oil practices, land use planning and increasing protected areas, and deeper community and government engagement. 

Community-based forestry management activities in India and REDD+ activities in Nepal

Principal investigators: Ashish Aggarwal and Suresh

Research organisations: The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

The research team is preparing two full impact evaluation proposals, one focusing on REDD+ and community-based forestry management activities in India and another on REDD+ activities in Nepal. The former will look at impacts of the Khasi Hills Community Carbon Project implemented by the Federation of Community Institutions and facilitated by Community Forestry International, an international NGO. The latter will focus on a REDD+ pilot project in Nepal, implemented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

Environmental, social and institutional impacts of pre-REDD+ activities in Uganda

Principal investigators: Pamela Jagger, John Herbert Ainembabazi, Yabezi Abwoli Banana, Pushpendra Rana, Miguel Leal

Research organisations:  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Makerere University, Center for International Forestry Research, Wildlife Conservation Society

This full impact evaluation proposal will focus on environmental, social, and institutional impacts of pre-REDD+ activities being carried out by Uganda’s REDD+ Secretariat, Forest Sector Support Department, and key implementing partners. They will focus on establishing a baseline for environmental and social indicators at national scale, and work with the Wildlife Conservation Society who is implementing pre-REDD+ activities in the Albertine Rift, to evaluate the impact of activities including direct payments to households, free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), participation, and local forest governance.

Evaluating pre-REDD+ and REDD+ activities in Uganda

Principal investigators: Jesse Ribot , Kathy Baylis , Matthew Winters , Doreen Ruta , Jacques Pollini, Sophie Kutegeka, Robert Mbeche, Barbara Nakangu, Agrippinah Namara

Research organisations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The research team is preparing a full proposal to develop and test an evaluation methodology for pre-REDD+ and REDD+ activities being carried out in Uganda The team will collaborate with Ugandan authorities, including the Forest Sector Support Department, the National Forest Authority, Uganda’s REDD+ Secretariat, and the district local governments. The evaluation methodology will adopt a systemic approach, looking at REDD+ impacts on governance (rights, decisions and representation), access to resources, benefit sharing, livelihood (food security, incomes, well-being), social conflicts, and migration.

Photo © Murdani Usman for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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