Request for Africa-Based Participants
Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)
2020 Annual Meeting: July 22-24, 2020 at Addis Ababa University (AAU)
WGAPE Meeting Training Day: July 21, 2020 at AAU
Deadline for Submission: 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, April 12, 2020


Please note that this application is for participants only. If you would like your paper or research design considered, please apply here:   https://cega.submittable.com/submit/162397/2020-request-for-papers-wgape-addis-ababa-university. If you would like to be considered for both categories (presenter and participant),  please fill out both applications.


***It is possible that this conference will be postponed or cancelled because of travel restrictions related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We are proceeding for now as if the conference will happen on schedule. If you are potentially interested, please apply. As plans evolve, we will post updates to the conference website and email list.***


About WGAPE
The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress work of its core members and invited guests since 2002. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (UCLA), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon (Cornell), Amanda Robinson (Ohio State University), and Amma Panin (World Bank). Our second annual meeting hosted in Africa will take place at Addis Ababa University on the morning of July 22 through the afternoon of July 24, with an additional training day taking place on July 21.  


Meeting Information

WGAPE meetings center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper or research design. WGAPE accepts working papers and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings here).  


For the 2020 WGAPE Annual Meeting, a select subgroup of participants from Africa-based institutions will be invited to AAU to participate in WGAPE. This will involve reading the papers prior to the meetings,  providing feedback to presenters on their papers during the meetings, as well as participating in additional networking events and research methods trainings. This fully funded opportunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy or development who either a) currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere.


Selected participants and junior Africa-based scholars will arrive in Addis Ababa by July 20 and will be invited to participate in pre-meeting programming (workshops, networking opportunities with local faculty and graduate students, and training on research methods). Because the WGAPE format revolves around in-depth discussions rather than presentations, authors of selected papers are expected to read the papers in advance and participate in the full July 22-24 meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for junior researchers to network with more senior faculty from the US and Africa, engage with new ideas on cutting edge research on African Political Economy


Participant costs and travel:
With assistance from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, WGAPE will provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses for selected participants.


PLEASE NOTE: Scholars who meet the criteria are invited and encouraged to apply for both this opportunity and to submit papers/research designs to the 2020 WGAPE Annual Meeting Request for Papers. A successful application to attend the meeting does not guarantee acceptance of a paper or research design for the workshop.


Desired Qualifications
We seek the following qualities in meeting attendees:
 

  1. Experience conducting research on topics that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics;
  2. Demonstrated experience in empirical social science research using experimental or quasi-experimental methods and the collection of original data;
  3. Strong desire to actively participate in in-person discussions of African research topics with top scholars from around the world.

 

Submit your Application
Submissions must include:

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location
  • A writing sample
  • A paragraph describing your research interests and the methods you use (or plan to use) for your research
  • A paragraph describing why you would like to attend WGAPE and what you hope to gain from it

To submit your materials: Please fill out the fields below to apply by 11:59pm PT on April 12, 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified within a few weeks and will be expected to attend the full 3-day workshop


To be considered as a presenter, please submit your materials to the following URL by 11:59pm PT on April 12, 2020:  https://cega.submittable.com/submit/162397/2020-request-for-papers-wgape-addis-ababa-university.
 


For further information, please contact wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

Request for Papers
Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)
2020 Annual Meeting: July 22-24, 2020 at AAU
Deadline for Submission: 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, April 12th, 2020
WGAPE Meeting: July 22-24, 2020 at Addis Ababa University


Please note that this application is for presenters only. If you would only like to apply as a participant, please apply here:  https://cega.submittable.com/submit/162398/2020-request-for-africa-based-participants-wgape-addis-ababa-university. If you would like to be considered as both a presenter and a participant, please fill out both applications.


***It is possible that this conference will be postponed or cancelled because of travel restrictions related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We are proceeding for now as if the conference will happen on schedule. If you are potentially interested, please apply. As plans evolve, we will post updates to the conference website and email list.***


About WGAPE
The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress work of its core members and invited guests since 2002. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (UCLA), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon (Cornell), Amanda Robinson (Ohio State University) and Amma Panin (World Bank). Our second annual meeting hosted in Africa will take place at Addis Ababa University on the morning of July 22 through the afternoon of July 24.

Meeting Information
WGAPE meetings center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper or research design. WGAPE accepts working papers and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings here).


Paper Submission Categories
We invite paper and research design submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Submissions that deal with other topics in the applied microeconomics of development in Africa will also be considered. WGAPE commonly, but not exclusively, selects submissions with a strong focus on fieldwork and quantitative analysis. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.   


WGAPE particularly encourages submissions from applicants who teach, study or have completed a degree at an African university.

We invite submissions of papers or research designs. Early-stage but complete papers and research designs will be prioritized for inclusion. Highly polished papers are less likely to be selected. Research design submissions should describe a fully planned research study on one of the themes listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan (please find a template here). It is not necessary to reformat your Pre-Analysis Plan to fit the linked template, but a strong Pre-Analysis Plan will include the elements listed in the template.


How to Submit
Submissions must include:

  • Paper or research design submission in PDF / Word format
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location

To submit your materials: Please fill out the fields below to apply by 11:59pm PT on April 12th, 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified within a few weeks and will be expected to attend the full 3-day workshop


Costs and travel:
With assistance from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, WGAPE will provide funding for travel, accommodation, and related expenses for one author of each accepted paper. If a limit on travel reimbursements for US-based faculty becomes necessary, it will be communicated after paper selection but before making travel arrangements.


Apply to Attend as a Participant (Non-Paper Presenter)
For the 2020 WGAPE Annual Meeting, a select subgroup of participants from Africa-based institutions will be invited to AAU to participate in WGAPE. This opportunity may also include participation in networking events and research methods trainings. This fully funded opportunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy or development who either a) currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere.

Selected participants will arrive in Addis Ababa by July 21, and may also be invited to arrive a day earlier to assist with pre-meeting programming (workshops, networking opportunities with local faculty and graduate students, and training on research methods). Because the WGAPE format revolves around in-depth discussions rather than presentations, authors of selected papers are expected to read the papers in advance and participate in the full July 22-24 meeting.

 
This is an excellent opportunity for junior researchers to network with more senior faculty from the US and Africa, engage with new ideas on cutting edge research on African Political Economy. Acceptance to attend as a participant does not guarantee acceptance of a paper or research design for the 2020 WGAPE Annual Meeting. Travel costs will be covered for the selected participants.

To apply as a participant, please submit materials to the following URL by 11:59pm PT on April 12, 2020:  https://cega.submittable.com/submit/162398/2020-request-for-africa-based-participants-wgape-addis-ababa-university


For further information, please contact wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

Description

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks an outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar (postdoc) to support its Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Initiative. In collaboration with the PEP Co-Scientific Directors, Drs. Supreet Kaur (Economics) and Mahesh Srinivasan (Psychology), the postdoc will engage in planning and carrying out original interdisciplinary research on the psychology and economics of poverty. To inform this research, the postdoc will conduct and publish an in-depth review of the literature at the intersection of psychology and economics, outlining key findings, knowledge gaps and promising avenues for further research. Both the research projects and review paper will focus on cognitive and behavioral effects of poverty and will serve to hone the research agenda for CEGA’s growing PEP initiative. 

Key Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Co-Scientific Directors, the postdoc will help conceptualize and conduct research focused on how poverty affects cognition, decision-making, health, and early childhood development outcomes. To establish a framework for exploring emerging domains of interest in research on poverty, the postdoc will also undertake and publish a thorough review of relevant economics and psychology literature. Some potential lines of inquiry may include: 1) how poverty impacts cognitive load, decision-making, social cognition, mental health, aspirations, or economic and/or health outcomes; 2) belief formation, the relevance of belief-based utility, affective adaptations to poverty, and the role of the "psychological immune system" 3) the psychological consequences of resource stability or volatility, 4) the influence of cultural context and social norms on outcomes related to the above topics. 

The review paper and related research projects will focus on promising areas for research and on identifying policy levers and insights that can inform social and economic development programming at scale. Other key postdoc responsibilities include facilitating the monthly PEP reading group and presentation sessions, which provides a space for students and faculty to discuss original research in psychology and economics on the causes and consequences of poverty, and helping to organize an annual PEP research convening. These activities focus on conceptual foundations, project design and methodology, and results interpretation of research on the psychology and economics of poverty. Finally, the postdoc will be encouraged to pursue his or her own research agenda with mentorship from Kaur and Srinavasan.   

Required Qualification

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Economics, Psychology, Public Policy, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Solid understanding of behavioral economics and psychology research. Focus on global development a plus. 
  • 1-3 years experience conducting empirical field research (including supervising data collection and cleaning activities at field sites) or lab research 
  • 1-3 years experience and competency with statistical software packages such as R, STATA, SAS, and ability to render accurate statistical analysis
  • Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments;
  • Solid understanding of causal inference in applied micro-econometrics, research design and program evaluation
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language (via publications or professional presentations)
  • Ability to work well with teams, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty.
  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a fast-paced environment, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Experience working with decision-makers in multilateral, developing country government, and research institutions to identify promising academic research opportunities a plus

Application Requirements

This is a one-year full-time position with possibility for extension. Salary range is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 1, 2020 or until the position is filled. The anticipated start date of the position is September 1, 2020. To apply, include your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), and three professional references (required) to the Psychology and Economics of Poverty Postdoc Submittable page.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: 2020 DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGE 

Special Support in Response to COVID-19

Description:
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Development Economic Challenge. In this special funding round, CEGA invites late-stage PhD students to apply for support between $5,000 - $10,000. Awards must be used to sustain active research projects affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic and led by UC Berkeley PhD students, with priority given to projects that seek to understand the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.  

Projects must be active, original research involving rigorous evaluation of strategies for poverty alleviation in low- and middle- income countries. Grants may be used to support field teams, data collection activities that adhere to social distancing guidelines (i.e. phone surveys), or additional data analysis. Grant funds may not be used for student stipends.

 
Deadline:  April 15, 2020

Eligibility Criteria: 

The bulk of available funding is restricted to late-stage doctoral students in the Economics Department at UC Berkeley, though late-stage doctoral students in other departments at UC Berkeley are still encouraged to apply.  

Priority will be given to students who (a) plan to go on the job market next year, (b) integrate new data collection, particularly around Covid-19, into ongoing studies. 

Each application must include a nomination from a UC Berkeley faculty sponsor. The nomination should be emailed to corey.murray@berkeley.edu by  the submission deadline (simply stating "I have reviewed the proposed  research and agree to nominate the applicant for this award").  

Application Process:
To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF: 

  1. Application Form with Budget Template
  2. Short proposal (2 pages or less, 12 point font, single-spaced).  Please make sure to include how your project has been affected by COVID-19 and how these funds would support the research.
  3. Email nomination from faculty sponsor (emailed directly to corey.murray@berkeley.edu)


Please email Corey Murray (corey.murray@berkeley.edu) with any inquiries.

East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative : 2020 Request for Proposals
 

  OVERVIEW

In spring 2020, EASST will award grants for the evaluation of innovative interventions in East Africa. A total of $300,000 in research funding will be awarded across all projects. Researchers may request up to $75,000 in funding. The average grant size is expected to be around $40,000 to $50,000.  

Research teams with two lead investigators – one from the CEGA affiliate network (or sponsored graduate students) and one from a research institution in East Africa – are invited to jointly develop a research proposal for consideration by EASST. Research teams may request funding for a new project or supplemental funding for an ongoing project, e.g. for data collection or to add a new treatment arm. Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of researchers. Successful proposals will achieve two primary goals: (i) creating new knowledge that will improve the design of development programs in East Africa, and; (ii) enhancing East African researchers’ skills and capacity to lead future evaluations. 

Note that the CEGA partner and the East African researcher are expected to be full partners in the research—from the writing of the proposal, to design of survey modules, to data collection, to data analysis, to writing up results. Priority will be given to projects that are likely to result in at least one co-authored publication. 

COMPETITION DETAILS
 

Funding: EASST anticipates funding a total of $300,000 during this 2020 Call for Proposals, with a maximum of $75,000 per grant. 

Topics: Funding will support impact evaluations (randomized control trials or quasi-experimental studies) that address a topic of critical importance to economic development in East Africa, i.e. agriculture, health, youth empowerment, financial inclusion, etc. It is strongly encouraged that projects incorporate a focus on gender to the extent possible. Applications will be accepted for work in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, or South Sudan. Please note that approximately 20% of the funds available in this round are earmarked for impact evaluations that use methods from implementation science to examine the socioeconomic dimensions of infectious disease (TB, Malaria, etc.—HIV excepted, unless in cases of co-morbidities with other infectious diseases). This subset of funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

For applicants who may be interested in understanding the cost-effectiveness of the intervention as a part of the research study, CEGA may provide additional funds of up to 10% of the total budget. Please indicate in your application if you would be interested in this, and provide a short paragraph detailing the costing research question and why this question is relevant.  

Eligibility: Submissions must be made by at least one CEGA affiliated Principal Investigator (affiliate or grad students sponsored by affiliate) and one East African Principal Investigator. While the competition is open to any East African researcher, preference will be given to EASST fellows. 

Period of Performance: The official period of performance is from June 1st 2020—to June 1st 2021, though requests for extension may be considered. 

Co-Authorship: Please see the accompanying “EASST Co-Authorship Statement,” which lays out expectations for collaboration between the CEGA affiliated PI and the East African PI. 

IRB Approval. Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals for IRB review before submitting to EASST, in order to facilitate expedient processing of the award. UC Berkeley requires proof of IRB approval to process subawards. 

To Apply: Please see Appendix 1, “EASST Proposal Instructions” and apply via the Submittable portal by May 1,  2020. 


EVALUATION CRITERIA
Proposals will be judged on their academic significance, innovativeness, methodology and viability. Please see RFP for a detailed layout of this criteria. In addition, reviewers will assess the likelihood that the study will strengthen East African leadership in impact evaluation through effective knowledge transfer. East African researchers must benefit professionally from the collaboration (see the EASST co-authorship statement in the appendix). Please note that CEGA researchers are welcome to work with any East African researcher, but projects co-led by fellows trained through the EASST program will be given preference.  


To apply, compile the following documents:

  1. Cover Sheet 
  2. Research Proposal This proposal narrative must not exceed five (5) pages in length and must address all eight items discussed below in the Proposal Guidelines. The proposal should be written in Times font, Size 11 and may be single-spaced. We strongly advise you to refer to the EASST Proposal and Budget Example when writing your statement, which is included in the proposal package. 
  3. Budget: This document must be completed in its entirety using the accompanying excel sheet “EASST_Budget Template_2020.”  We strongly recommend that you refer to the budget in the EASST Proposal and Budget Example, when completing your excel sheet. 
  4. Save the coversheet and research proposal as a single PDF. The filename should read “Proposal_CEGAPIname_EASSTPIname.” Save the budget as “Budget_CEGAPIname_EASSTPIname.” 
  5. Submit files on Submittable portal here:  

Deadline for submission is: 11:59 PM US Pacific Time on May 1,  2020

Center for Effective Global Action