Call for Policy Relevant Research Proposals on Local Democracy

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Дедлайн: 20.09.2019



Application Deadline: 20 th of September 2019 Amount of funding that may be sought: Up to 1 million SEK. The total amount to be granted to all the approved projects is a maximum of 6 million SEK. This grant can be used in combination with other grants.

Responsible Organization: Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy - ICLD

Background: The overall objective for ICLD – Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy - is to promote the development of sustainable local democracy in OECD-DAC countries and in Sweden. For ICLD, well-functioning local democracy is specifically characterized by four core areas: equity, participation, transparency and accountability. ICLD works in 21 countries through international training programmes for local politicians and government officials and through municipal partnerships. In these programmes, government officials and politicians work in projects that reduce poverty through the promotion of functioning, democratic local and regional governments, where residents are enabled to influence local political processes. To contribute to knowledge development and policy guidance within the field of local democracy, ICLD has a Knowledge Centre that provides financial support to policy-relevant research projects that are innovative and closely related to priority areas of the organization. Research financed by ICLD plays a supportive and strategic role in relation to the other units at ICLD: the international training programs and the municipal partnerships. The Knowledge Centre strives to use research to increase capacity and awareness among municipalities in ICLD's partner countries, but research should also shed light on problems and strategic issues that are relevant to local democracy enhancement in other places. In line with Swedish International Cooperation, ICLD works towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it follows a sustainability, human rights, gender and conflict perspective.

Aim of this Call for Proposals and Thematic Framework:

The overarching aim of the call is to better understand the role of local governments and local democratic institutions in addressing global challenges. Proposed research should focus on problems and opportunities where there is a potential to generate innovative and transformative policies that can increase the influence of vulnerable people in the decisions made by local governments that affect their lives. ICLD will prioritize research projects that include the countries where ICLD operates: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Research ICLD | VISITING ADRESS Söderväg 1D, SE-621 58 Visby, Sweden | POSTAL ADRESS P.O. BOX 1125, SE621 22 Visby, Sweden TELEPHONE 0498-29 91 00 | E-MAIL | REG. NR. 802441-7480 | WEB 2 projects in other countries are welcomed if they show an important contribution to core areas of this call.

Prioritized Themes: Research proposals should touch on the role of local governments in at least two of the following themes: 1. Social accountability and participation of vulnerable groups, 2. Climate crises and action, 3. Migration decisions, 4. Children and youth influence in local decision making, 5. Inclusive cities, 6. Post-conflict recovery: challenges and opportunities, 7. Contesting gender inequality. Who can apply: The main applicant should be a researcher with a deep knowledge within the field of development and democracy that holds a PhD and is affiliated with a research institution or an accredited university or college. The research team should have a gender balance and preferably include researchers based in one of the countries being studied. Duration: The research should be carried out within 18 months starting no later than the 1st of January 2020. Deliverables: (a) A research report to be published in ICLD’s publications series. (b) A policy brief to be published in ICLD’s publications series, (c) A policy debriefing workshop with local government authorities in the study countries arranged by the researchers in coordination with ICLD, (d) Presentations of the results in at least two workshops organized and financed by ICLD, (e) Teaching materials or methods from the study aimed for use in ICLD International Training Programmes or Municipal Partnerships. For more information about our programs see: and Submission of proposals: The research proposals should be submitted in English at the latest on the 20 th of September at 24:00 (Swedish Time). Applications must follow ICLD´s template for research proposals.