The Pilot Round

GDN launched the pilot round of the GRC in mid-2012. Over 200 applications were received, a majority of which demonstrated a strong passion for development research, excellent member qualifications and dedication to work within cross-country and multi-disciplinary teams. After a highly competitive selection process six teams were selected to receive the grant of up to US$ 32,000 each.

Theme 1: Education and Gender Grantees
  • NGUYET, Nguyen Thi (Vietnam), PHUNG THI, Van Anh (Vietnam), PANJAITAN, Nur Afni (Indonesia), DIGDOWISEISO, Kumba (Indonesia) – 'The impact of education on gender wage gap in globalization in developing countries: The case of Vietnam and Indonesia.'
  • POUDEL, Rajendra (Nepal), SHAMS, Sana (Pakistan) – 'Investigating the long term residual impact of ICT integration across gender for a sustainable project design'
Theme 2: Food Security Grantees
  • AFZAL, Javeria (Pakistan), SABHARWAL, Nidhi (India) – 'Role of social protection in food security for socially excluded groups in India and Pakistan'
Theme 3: Political, Economic and Social Transformations Grantees
  • ABDALLAH, Enas Zakareya (Egypt), GAZDAR, Kaouthar (Tunisia), GRASSA, Rihab (Tunisia), VERMONTE, Philip (Indonesia) – 'Political islam, revolution, social transformation and the islamization of the financial system: A comparative study between countries in North Africa, Indonesia and Pakistan'
  • BIDEGAIN, Germán (Uruguay), DOUGNON, Isaie (Mali) – 'Leading cycles of contention: Student movements and social protest in Chile and Mali'
  • CABIRI, Ketrina (Albania), DOLI, Dren (Kosovo), KORENICA, Fisnik (Kosovo), MERJA, Albana (Albania) – 'To what extent has the Albanian and Kosovo party system institutionalised since democratisation?'
Highlights of Research Results

The team from Albania and Kosovo has analyzed the party system and level of democracy in the two countries that are young democracies with insufficiently institutionalized parties. The paper titled “To what extent have the Albanian and Kosovo political parties institutionalized since democratic revival”, concludes that both countries need to adopt relevant internal democracy standards that shape the parties’ role in the political system. The lack of internal party democracy in both countries, in many respects, also impacts the quality of democracy in the political system. This is an important contribution to understanding party systems in new democracies and transition countries.

The paper on the “Role of social protection in food security for socially excluded groups” draws on evidence from two social protection programs: Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA) in India and Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) in Pakistan. The research findings reveal that both interventions have reduced food insecurity of poor and the socially excluded groups. The number of meals has increased in case of SABLA beneficiaries and direct cash transfer program under BISP has increased the household income of the beneficiaries. However, inadequacy of the support offered and weak implementation of these programs have affected the overall impact of the social protection interventions. The two programs have not sufficiently tackled structural difficulties like large family size, household responsibility of women and other gender specific issues. Therefore, both the monetary assistance and food content provided through these schemes are inadequate for the beneficiaries.

For further information contact Ramona Angelescu, Director of Programs

Researcher in Focus

"A team composed of scholars from Albania and Kosovo
have run a comparative research project that reveals the trends of internal and external party democracy in both countries, using a complex qualitative and semi-quantitative methodology.
GDN has played a crucial function not only for supporting financially the project but also for offering professorial mentoring on all research structures and findings, which makes the research project be of an international readership and quality." - Fisnik Korenica, Group for Legal and Political Studies, Kosovo


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