Budget: Up to £60,000 including expenses and all taxes inclusive of VAT
Release date: 7 November 2016
Deadline for bids: Sunday, 27 November 2016 at UK 2400 hours
WSUP seeks a research institution or other research partner to carry out an urgent piece of research in Kenya. We are looking for a research team who can carry out high-quality work that is rooted in and useful to the local policy context, but that also leads to publication of findings in a respected peer-reviewed journal. Lead bidders may be based in Kenya or outside Kenya.
BACKGROUND: This Call forms part of the first set of Calls released under WSUP’s Urban Sanitation Research Programme 2016-2020, core-funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development (Research & Evidence Division, RED). This first set of Calls is for three small pieces of start-up research; further Calls are anticipated in 2017, following more extensive processes of in-country consultation. Since this is urgent start-up research, we note that the basic design is relatively constrained at the Call stage; future Calls may be more open in scope. Further, the research topics in this first Call are not necessarily indicative of focus topics in subsequent Calls.
AIMS: This research project will be a pilot-scale study of factors affecting the willingness (or non-willingness) of non-poor consumers and businesses to pay a pro-poor sanitation surcharge added to their water bill, aiming to identify ways in which such a surcharge could be made acceptable to this critical client group for Kenyan utilities.
TIMELINES: This is urgent in view of WSUP’s desire to start up three small pieces of research immediately within the wider programme. Final deliverables are due 31st July 2017, but an inception report is due 15th January 2017 and significant interim deliverables are due 1st February 2017. Thus this work will require rapid start-up.
DEADLINE: Bids are due before midnight (UK 2400 hours) of Sunday 27th November 2016.
Please send bids (as per format indicated in Call) to [email protected] and [email protected] by Sunday, 27 November 2016 at UK 2400 hours. We are aware that this is a tight timeline, but we note that bid format is simple and non-onerous. We are happy to respond to clarification queries before bid submission: see Call for details.