These case studies provide some examples of the outstanding research that we have funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Exploring governance in fragile countries: The Centre for Public Authority and International Development 

  • A major ESRC-funded research centre, the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID), is focusing on governance in fragile, conflict-affected and impoverished areas in Africa. 
  • CPAID is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is led by Professor Tim Allen. CPAID has received £5 million in funding from ESRC for 2017-2022. 
  • CPAID is exploring successful models of government, and is looking at how families, clans, religious leaders, aid agencies, civil society, rebel militia and vigilante groups contribute to governance, by sharing the experiences of affected populations. 
  • Countries included in the research programme are those involved in prolonged conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, but also the now relatively peaceful states of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda.  

Training female STEM teachers in rural and deprived areas of Ethiopia 

  • This project was funded through the ESRC GCRF Impact Acceleration Accounts 
  • Led by Dr Per Kind from Durham University, the project recruited 60 female and some young male teachers from rural Ethiopia to take leading roles in improving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. 
  • In-service training was delivered over three days and supported by teacher guidelines, student materials and a website for follow-up support. 
  • The project has been carried out in collaboration with Addis Ababa University, educational authorities in three Ethiopian regions and six Colleges of Teacher Education.