The Global Development Network (GDN) recently closed, on Sept 11, 2016, a competitive call for interest as part of the Global Research Competition (GRC) on aid effectiveness in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on health and agriculture.
The Global Research Competition -- a competitive grant program designed to provide early-career social science researchers from developing and transition with a platform to investigate international development challenges through collaborative cross-country or inter-regional research projects -- ran from 2013 to 2016, targeting a range of topical development issues.
Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, provided research grants to support comparative and systematic research focused across continents, and brought together experts from Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America to address fundamental issues on urbanization and development.
GDN's three-year Global Research Project, Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery, explored the role of formal and informal institutions, at both country and sector level, in the effectiveness (or lack) of public service delivery in the areas of basic education, water supply and transport infrastructure (roads).
Doing Research is a unique GDN program that contributes to a better objective assessment of social science research systems in developing countries, to identify gaps that can be addressed through research policy.