Global Development Network Call for Proposals: Mobilizing Local Knowledge for Competitiveness Strategies in Developing Countries

Deadline: 18 November 2015

Global Development Network is inviting proposals from the researchers in developing countries to mobilize local knowledge for competitiveness strategies in developing countries. This program is to produce contextualize knowledge on the issues of industrial policies.

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This evidence-based research conducted by developing country researchers, can make a unique contribution to the understanding of the processes through which government and companies interact to improve – or conversely penalize – industrial productivity, as well as the measurement of these impacts in developing countries.

Eligible Countries

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cape Verde, Comoros Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville)Congo (Kinshasa) Cook Islands, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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ACP CountriesProgram Objectives

  • Generate quality, empirical academic knowledge locally through a careful documentation of existing policies to promote industrial productivity in four countries with a focus on manufacturing industries;
  • Inform two major research questions:
    • What do we learn from existing industrial policy initiatives about the value (impact) and possibility of promoting successful industrialization in developing countries?
    • What do we learn from these initiatives about the various determinants of the interaction between the private and the public sectors and about their role in the success or failure of current industrial policies?
  • Develop the thinking about industrial policy as part of a trial-and-error process that focuses on learning and implementation rather than a deterministic approach about what works and what does not.

Grants Available and Duration

The grant for each selected team will amount to a maximum of USD 41,500 for a period of two years.

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Eligibility Criteria

The call is open to any researchers belonging to a university or any other research-oriented organizations based in an ACP country that fulfill the following eligibility criteria. A maximum of 4 researchers is allowed for each team, including the principal investigator.

  • The researchers, including the principal investigator, must be citizens and permanent residents of an ACP country.
  • The principal investigator must be a permanent resident of the country he is studying.
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral development organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Previous and current employees of GDN are NOT eligible to apply up till 5 years from the completion of their tenure. Previous and current GDN Board Members, project mentors and members of evaluation teams are NOT eligible to apply.

Application Process

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Applicants must apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit GDN Call for Proposals.