One out of every 113 people is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, and over half of the world’s refugees are children. The average length of displacement today has reached 17 years and the average length of conflict today is 37 years. Simultaneously, emergency relief in all sectors is extending into longer-term forms of support.
The importance of education for preventing lost generations of children and youth has gained increasing recognition. At the same time, the needs have grown and have become more critical due to accelerated displacement, the rise in violent conflicts and urban violence as well as increasing natural disaster events, putting pressure on the international humanitarian community and its partners, who are faced with substantial shortfalls in funding across all sectors. Meanwhile, there is an overwhelming lack of evidence as to what works to promote children’s learning in crisis-affected contexts.
In response to this, and to reflect Dubai Cares’ commitment made at the World Humanitarian Summit to allocate at least 10% of all its funding for education in emergencies towards research, Dubai Cares launched a research envelope focusing solely on generating more evidence on effective preparedness and response strategies in education in emergencies. This research envelope titled, Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed), aims to fund research ranging from robust randomized controlled trials to evaluations, assessments and gap analyses geared to inform the policies and practices of international and national decision makers, implementing agencies and other local stakeholders (teachers, parents, local government, civil society, etc.) involved in education in emergencies. The convening of partnerships between academia and implementing agencies is a practice Dubai Cares hopes to encourage in order to foster effective cooperation amongst different actors within the education and emergencies field, to ensure the highest quality outcomes.
Dubai Cares and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) have partnered to officially launch the E-Cubed Research Envelope. Proposals will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis September 19 - November 19, 2017. The initial round of research investments will be announced in the first quarter of 2018.
Please follow the prompts to submit your proposal via this online form. If you have low-connectivity and want to submit your application offline, please complete this form and email it to email@example.com. For any other questions please contact Sonja Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Cubed will not substitute any funding that should be available:
In addition, the following types of activities will NOT be eligible for E-Cubed funding:
*Themes of inquiry will be revised periodically to reflect identified gaps in global goods.
*Final investment decisions made by Dubai Cares.