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AHRC and DFID announce new research programme to help improve protection of vulnerable people in conflict zones

Date: 22/05/2019

With the World Bank predicting that nearly half (46%) of the world’s poor will live in Fragile and Conflict Affected States by 2030[1] further investment is needed to better understand how to mitigate the humanitarian effects of conflict and how best to offer humanitarian protection to those affected.

In response to this pressing challenge the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) today announce a research grant call funded by the UK Department for International Development, to help tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time: the protection of people affected by conflict.

Research approaches for this funding call led by AHRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, must address specific research themes, be multi-disciplinary and include participation of non-academic practitioner organisations. They must also involve partners based in official development assistance eligible countries as defined by OECD DAC. 

Kristine Zaidi, Associate Director at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “We’re proud to be partnering with DFID to bring together research and policy-makers in a way that will help us better understand how to improve humanitarian protection outcomes. We hope to see a wide variety of researchers from across the world and across disciplines responding to this research call, delivering valuable new insights and recommendations to help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Nicholas Leader, Head of Humanitarian Research and Innovation, DFID said: “The UK is at the forefront of humanitarian action and international diplomacy on these issues.  Protection interventions have the potential to be transformative: reducing the severity of conflict; saving lives, reducing suffering, and improving long term outcomes and stability. But drivers of protection risk are complex and little is known about which interventions are most effective in mitigating these risks. Therefore, investment in research on protection of persons affected by conflict is needed to improve the ability of the UK and others to more effectively protect civilians”.

This call is part of a wider collaborative programme between AHRC, DFID and Global Challenges Research Fund to increase the evidence base on this pressing challenge. For more information on associated calls visit our GCRF Network Plus page.

About The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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