21 June 2018
By Sonja Anderson
It is estimated that more than 75 million children are in dire need of educational support in crisis-affected contexts. In situations of conflict and displacement education not only opens doors, providing opportunities to children and youth that they otherwise would not receive, but education can also offering a safe space and access to life saving information. However, there continues to be an overwhelming lack of evidence as to what works to promote children’s learning in crisis-affected contexts.
In 2016, at the World Humanitarian Summit, Dubai Cares committed at least 10% of all its funding for education in emergencies (EiE) to research. The funds allocated by Dubai Cares lay the groundwork for an EiE research envelope. This fund, entitled Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed), focuses on generating evidence on effective preparedness and response strategies in EiE. The envelope contains $10 million USD to be dispersed over a period of five years.
In 2017, Dubai Cares partnered with INEE to design and manage the E-Cubed fund. This partnership aligns with INEE’s strategic priority to strengthen the EiE evidence base through partnerships that inform research, policy and practice across humanitarian and development contexts and increase the availability and accessibility of knowledge and information. INEE’s role in this partnership is to coordinate the proposal submission process and proposal review for Dubai Cares. To ensure rigorous and unbiased review, INEE convenes an independent Advisory Panel made up of policy makers, academics and practitioners who review proposals in a double-blind process. Out of this review process, a small group of proposals are shortlisted based on their overall score and recommendations from the advisory panelists. Shortlisted proposals are then shared with Dubai Cares who make final funding decisions. Once final funding decisions are announced, Dubai Cares coordinates the disbursement of funds and manages ongoing grants.
The first call for proposals was launched at UNGA in September 2017. This call prompted 86 submissions ranging in context, methodology, and thematic focus. After a careful selection process, Dubai Cares chose to fund the following four research projects worth a total of $2.8 million USD.
Each year a new call for proposals is announced with a funding pool of roughly $2 million USD. The second call for proposals was launched on May 14th, 2018. Proposals will be accepted June through July 2tth, and 2018 funding announcements will be made in the final quarter of the year.
Sonja Anderson is responsible for INEE's work on curating and strengthening the EiE evidence base. She manages the E-Cubed Research Fund, coordinating the call for proposals, the designation of eligibility and criteria, and the proposal review process. She also oversees and contributes to the various evidence work streams under the Education Policy Working Group.