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AFRO-NETS> Strategic Research on Governance, Equity and Health
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Strategic Research on Governance, Equity and Health
- From: Dieter Neuvians MD <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 24 May 2003 06:50:28 -0400 (EDT)
Strategic Research on Governance, Equity and Health
for Eastern and Southern Africa
Call for Letters of Intent
Deadline: 8 July 2003
The Alliance and the Governance, Equity and Health Program Initiative
of the International Development Research Center, Canada (GEH) invite
letters of intent for strategic research in governance, equity and
health for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Health systems in Africa face special challenges given their develop-
ment situation, their epidemiological profile and the opportunities
to scale up disease control programmes. It is important that the new
and larger policy and programme efforts currently being implemented
improve the equity and responsiveness of health systems through ap-
proaches that strengthen and integrate actions at national and local
Four entry points have been identified:
* the health system (e.g. effective delivery of quality services; hu-
man resources; effective regulation of public-private interactions to
promote equitable access to quality services; integration of vertical
programmes in a comprehensive system; transparency and accountabil-
* the policy process (e.g. formulating, implementing and evaluating
pro-poor policy for health, fair and sustainable financing, influence
of donors and globalization on policy);
* priority conditions or interventions (such as tuberculosis and
HIV/AIDS) as entry points into broader governance, equity and health
systems issues, for example addressing the special challenges of con-
trol of specific diseases without further fragmenting fragile health
* civic engagement (e.g. mechanisms to promote effective and informed
participation and inclusion throughout the policy-to-practice proc-
ess; exercising the right to health as an arena for democratization).
The Letters of Intent should address the first entry point above,
plus one or more of the others.
Stages of the research
The Alliance-GEH collaboration will occur in three stages. Research
teams wishing to be considered for Stages 1 and 2 must submit a let-
ter of intent in response to this call. Stage 3 will be open to par-
ticipants in Stages 1 and 2, as well as to other research teams.
The three stages are:
1. Selection of seven teams to participate in a skills and issues de-
velopment workshop leading to writing of a pre-proposal. Selection
will be based on letters of intent received in response to this call.
2. Funding of five teams, up to a maximum of US$ 15 000, to conduct
pilot research leading to the development of full proposals. Selec-
tion will be based on a review of pre-proposals developed during the
3. Funding of at least two strategic research projects of 2-3 years'
duration with a maximum budget of US$ 150 000. A call for proposals
will be issued at this stage, and teams funded in the previous stage
will compete for funding with other teams.
The Alliance will undertake a mapping exercise of research institu-
tions in Eastern and Southern Africa to identify potential institu-
tions, research capacity and interest across the range of GEH entry
points and stakeholders within countries. The study should help iden-
tify promising institutions and researchers which could best profit
from the workshop and seed funding, as well as more mature institu-
tions which would be expected to participate at the final stage. In-
stitutions and researchers identified through the mapping exercise
will be invited to participate in the two calls (Letters of Intent
and Research Proposals), although both calls are open to all institu-
tions working in the Eastern and Southern Africa region (see below).
Who can apply?
Research institutions, government agencies, health service providers
and civil society organizations are eligible for funding. Applicants
should ideally have a well established collaboration with another in-
stitution or internal unit leading to the formation of a team with at
least one principal researcher and one policy/decision-maker, stake-
holder or health service advocate. Applicants are also welcome who
may not yet have such a team in place but who would like to develop
it in the course of the preliminary study.
Research teams should integrate professionals with complementary dis-
ciplines and skills in health and social sciences (such as public
health, economics, sociology, political science or anthropology).
Letters of intent will be accepted only from institutions in coun-
tries of Eastern and Southern Africa: (see link on the right)
Research teams including members from countries outside Eastern and
Southern Africa are eligible to apply. Only nationals from eligible
countries will be funded, although travel support can be included for
collaborators from outside the region.
Principal investigators currently funded by the Alliance are not eli-
gible to apply, although they can participate as co-investigators.
How to apply
* Letters of intent should be submitted in the prescribed format.
Letters exceeding the word limit will not be considered.
* Letters of intent must be written in English or French.
* Short versions of the curriculum vitae of the principal investiga-
tor and co-investigators should be annexed to the letter of intent.
* Letters of intent should be sent to the Alliance, preferably by
e-mail as attachments to a cover letter. Letters of intent may also be
sent by mail if e-mail is difficult. Faxes will not be accepted.
* E-mailed or mailed letters of intent should reach the Alliance not
later than close of business on 8 July 2003.
Download a full information and application form (in MS WORD format) at:
(copy as one line into web browser)
This is the first of a series of regional and sub-regional research
competitions on Governance, Equity and Health. Information about
Calls for Proposals for West Africa and for Latin America and the
Caribbean will be posted over the coming months.
Send proposals by e-mail to:
Please state in the subject heading "GEH Research".
Send proposals by mail to:
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research
Office No. 4123
World Health Organization
CH 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
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