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EARF - Commissioning demand responsive research & supporting research uptake.

Commissioning demand responsive research, and supporting research uptake within relevant sectors in the region on;

  • Urbanization
  • Regional Integration
  • Resilience and Livelihood
  • Extractives
  • Corruption

Participating East African Countries include;

  • Supporting DFID country offices in the region to use and generate high-quality relevant research and evidence;
  • Supporting regional relevant research which addresses key challenges for countries in the region or are cross-border issues.
  • Strengthening the research capacity and systems in East Africa.
  • Promoting cross-UK government work on science, technology and innovation.

The East Africa Research Fund (EARF) is a regional funding mechanism designed to procure and manage a portfolio of research projects under the the East Africa Research Hub (EARH) of the Department for International Development (DFID), located in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fund's reach covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. Through competitive procurement and award of research, EARF will support effective policies and programmes on key issues in the region. Six priority regional research areas have been identified through an extensive consultation process and include: 

  • How to promote better resilience and livelihoods in the dry lands of East Africa;
  • How to ensure the discovery of natural resources, such as oil and gas, benefit poor people in the region;
  • Identifying the barriers and enablers to regional economic integration;
  • How to promote economic development that benefits the poor;
  • How to harness the benefits of urbanisation for the poor, particularly women and girls; and 
  • Tackling corruption.

All research studies will be regional public goods and will be available to governments, donors and relevant stakeholders to promote evidence-based policy making in the region. The expected results from the programme will be:

  • Production of high-quality, country relevant evidence products demanded by DFID country offices in the East Africa region;
  • High-quality, regionally relevant evidence products which address key East Africa research priorities.
  • Peer reviewed research products, such as academic papers; and 
  • Well planned research uptake strategies of individual research projects that ensure that this new evidence contributes to policies and programmes in the region.

It is expected that the overall impact will be increased evidence informed decision-making in the East Africa region, both from DFID country offices and the wider policy-maker and practitioner community. The expected outcome will be available, accessible, and high-quality contextualised research findings on country-specific and regional research themes. PwC was contracted by DFID to manage the fund and throughout this manual is referred to as the Fund Manager. 1. East Africa Research Hub Established in September 2013, the East Africa Research Hub will support DFID country offices to make the best use of available evidence and to generate new, operationally relevant knowledge. The Hub will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia, and where requested Sudan and South Sudan.

The hub has four main objectives:

  • Supporting DFID country offices in the region to use and generate high-quality relevant research and evidence;
  • Supporting regional relevant research which addresses key challenges for countries in the region or are cross-border issues;
  • Strengthening the research capacity and systems in East Africa; and 
  • Promoting cross-UK government work on science, technology and innovation.

The first two objectives will be achieved through the Strategic Research and Evidence programme, while the second two objectives will be met through the Research Systems Strengthening and Capacity Building programme. The Strategic Research and Evidence programme which the Fund is supporting has two components: the East Africa Country Research Fund and the Regional Research Programme. The Country Research Fund will support DFID country offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia (and where requested, Sudan and South Sudan), external agencies working in East Africa, and DFID regional advisers to make the best use of available evidence and generate new knowledge. This will enable DFID country offices and regional teams, as well as external agencies, to design and implement smarter programmes through the use of the latest evidence in East Africa.