The Innovations for Poverty Action’s (IPA) Global Financial Inclusion Fund (GFII) has issued a Call for Expressions of Interest seeking submissions of new projects under the GFII Competitive Funds.
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for conducting rigorous research on identifying innovative products and programs. This program is supported by Global Financial Inclusion Fund (GFII) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).
GFII manages two research funds these are-
The Yale Savings and Payments Research Fund (YASPR) focuses on-
Innovations that most effectively enable improved usage of savings and payments services by the poor (through reduced cost, reduced risk, improved learning, behavioral incentives, regulatory reform, etc.)
The impact that the use of improved savings products and payments channels has on the welfare of the poor
The Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund (FCRF) focuses on-
product-linked financial education
incentives for behavior change and use of financial services
product design as a way to encourage appropriate use of financial instruments
Eligibility & Criteria-
Each application must be presented by a team consisting of-
one or more researchers involved in the design of the intervention and responsible for carrying out a rigorous evaluation of the program and
one or more practitioner institutions from the financial sector who will partner with the research team on the proposed intervention. Researchers must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be a current PhD candidate in a relevant social science or engineering discipline, such as economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health, education, or computer science. They must demonstrate experience in field research and randomized trials.
The Yale Savings and Payments Research Fund (YASPR) encourages research projects focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are as well as applications from in-country researchers based in those regions or from teams with one or more in-country researchers in those regions.
The Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund (FCRF) encourages research projects in all countries except the United States, with a particular interest in projects from emerging markets such as Brazil, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey.
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