2019 Future of Work in the Global South Call for Research Proposals
Deadline: December 15, 2018.
This call for research proposals seeks to advance our understanding about the implications of these changes in the nature of work for developing countries in the Global South, their growth trajectories and the broader goal of equitable development and gender inclusion. In particular, it seeks to address the following questions:
- To what extent are jobs in developing countries susceptible to automation or relocation as a result of AI and new communication technologies? Are there fundamental differences with similar trends in advanced countries? What are the key data gaps that need to be filled to better understand these trends?
- How can workers in developing countries develop the necessary skills to benefit from these transformations? Are there examples of successful initiatives that increase employability? What changes are required to school curricula or existing job training programs?
- How are these changes likely to impact populations with inferior outcomes in traditional labor markets, such as women, ethnic minorities and the youth? Can these trends be oriented to mitigate discrimination and create more inclusive labor markets?
- How are workers and small entrepreneurs in affected industries responding to these changes? What role are established institutions (such as labor unions and job training centers) playing?
- How are governments responding to these changes? Are there examples of successful initiatives in key areas such as education reform, labor rights and social protection programs? Are there examples of initiatives that help preserve rights or smooth the transition for displaced workers? Are there examples from low and middle-income countries specifically targeted at gig workers?
- Applications can be submitted in English, French or Spanish.
- Research consortia comprised of multiple partners may apply; however, one partner must be designated as the lead institution and recipient of funds. This institution should submit the application on behalf of the consortium.
- Research proposals must be led by scholars based in the Global South. Researchers based in advanced countries may participate as partners.
- Quality and composition of the research team will be an important evaluation criterion in the selection of proposals. They encourage teams with at least one researcher with expertise in gender-based analysis, as well as teams with a capacity-building component through the participation of young scholars.
- Research projects are to be undertaken/led by a research-oriented institution with legal entity based in the Global South. Applications from individual persons will not be accepted. UN, donor, and multilateral organizations are not eligible to apply.
- Research projects up to CAD 100,000 (Canadian dollars) will be considered.
- The proposed budget should be strictly related to the project needs and should reflect the necessary resources for the collection of data or any other method of data acquisition and management.