These projects were selected from a total of 221 proposals from 47 countries across the global south following a rigorous review process (142 from Africa, 40 from Asia, 26 from LAC, 12 from MENA). We used a three-stage process to select the most promising proposals: registration, notice of intent and final proposal. The registration stage was the first opportunity for applicants to describe their ideas. To ensure that the projects in the network are locally relevant to the communities, the applicants were required to co-create the projects with the community. To this end, the applicants were expected to have at least one knowledge user (either from industry, civil society or policy maker) as a co-applicant at the registration stage. Following this, we ran 3 different workshops to help the applicants and their community partners co-create the projects and establish meaningful relationship. After three months of working together, the applicants were invited to submit a notice of intent (NOI). Before they submitted the NOI, we ran three different workshops, on: community engagement research and indigenous knowledge; gender responsive research; and equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization.
We worked together with the applicants and community partners to design the NOI (weekly regional meetings with zoom breakout rooms group meetings for a month). After a review by 2 set of independent reviewers, some of the teams were invited to submit a final proposal. At the beginning of this stage, we equally ran 3 workshops to help them prepare a full proposal. The purpose of the workshops was to bring researchers involved in developing the proposal together with other international researchers in order to refine the research question or challenge, how it could be tackled, and what intellectual resources are needed to make progress. We worked together with the applicants and community partners to write the full proposal. After a rigorous review by 3 set of independent reviewers, 16 proposals were selected. The entire process is described here: https://ai4pep.org/funding/.
How we Work
The transnational partnership’s added value for all partners in our network is grounded in our sharing across contexts and specific situations regarding effective digital data generation, management, dissemination, and ways to address equity priorities for risk minimization by amplifying the voices and agency of marginalized and highly impacted communities centered on the most marginalized women as agents of change. We acknowledge that the history of colonialism and gendered oppression has enduring effects. It disproportionately impacts the health and quality of life of formerly colonized people and vulnerable groups, such as women, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, rural communities, and low-income households. Our theoretical framework centers around a Gender, Equity, Inclusion, and Decolonization lens (GEID). Research and experience have taught us that intersecting and compounded forms of injustices and inequities necessitate a feminist intersectional lens, decolonial methods, and the integration of diversity in research, and public policy processes.
For us, decolonization is not a metaphor, but a political endeavor towards crucial transformation to equitable health. As part of our decolonial framework, we plan with, learn from, and act with communities and build capacity in communities. We have embedded GEID priorities into our program’s goals, methods, governance, and implementation plan. Our program will focus on gender equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, as well as intersectionality in all components since many of the root causes of current and ongoing systemic risks, originate from structural inequities, and a lack of diversity and inclusion in research, decision and policy-making processes. The transformation that this proposal focuses on cannot emerge without special and heightened attention to GEID entry points.
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