To commemorate the life and achievements of our partner Simeen Mahmud, the GAGE Political and Legal Analysis lead for Bangladesh, GAGE has created a £20,000 flexible fund in Simeen’s name. Simeen Mahmud began her career as a researcher in 1974 with the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and continued working till the day she died in March 2018 when she was Cluster Head, BRAC institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University. She was a prolific writer and was a mentor, a colleague, a friend, a sister and a role model for many.
The fund will focus on one of Simeen Mahmud’s research interests- the role of gender norms in the economic empowerment and reproductive choices of young women in Bangladesh.
The Simeen Mahmud Fund will cover funding streams 1-3 outlined below.
- New research studies drawing on GAGE panel data as well as additional underexplored datasets with adolescent-relevant data, with the aim of shedding light on gendered adolescence experiences in diverse contexts;
- Thematic evidence synthesis work responding to emerging questions around what works, especially as, over time, an increasing volume of new evidence becomes available;
- Demand generation and strategic research uptake outputs, to improve the accessibility, relevance and usefulness of evidence, through collaboration and engagement with decision-makers and other key stakeholders (outputs will include tailored learning products and events).
Proposals may include, but not be limited to the following:
- analysis of unmined impact evaluation datasets on capability domain dimensions where change was not observed to tease out what factors explain disappointing results;
- evidence synthesis work designed to plug evidence gaps in terms of what does not work in supporting adolescent girls’ development trajectories vis-à-vis one or more capability domain;
- process evaluations or a review of evaluation data about an intervention or group of interventions that have not been as effective as hoped and why;
- a research methodologies lessons learned essay or reflective article/ paper on what has not worked, aimed at improving understanding of what works to support adolescent wellbeing;
- a research uptake/ engagement lessons learned essay, reflective article/ paper or event on what has not worked, in terms of improving policy and practice of what works to support adolescent wellbeing
For more information on the eligibility criteria, key principles and the application process, download the Terms of Reference.
For any queries please contact Sahida Khondaker.