J-PAL’s Governance Initiative (GI) funds randomized evaluations of interventions designed to improve participation in the political and policy process, reduce leakages in public programs, and increase state capacity. The Spring 2016 request for proposals is now closed. The next call for proposals will be announced in June and due in September 2016.
By providing targeted funding for rigorous evaluations of the most promising programs to improve governance, GI aims to offer guidance for organizations and governments in developing countries as well as the donors who provide support to these countries so that policies can be guided by scientific evidence on what works (or does not work).
The next call for proposals will be announced in June and due in September 2016. Funding decisions will be announced in November.
Support is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The Review Paper summarizes rigorous empirical evidence on governance issues in low-income countries and identifies new directions for research (last updated October 2013, PDF).
GI has funded over forty evaluations to date.
Please email Initiative Manager Anna Schickele for more information.