Announced: Results of the 2012 Joint RFP – PopDev
We are pleased to announce the six recipients of research awards resulting from the 2012 Joint RFP call – Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development (“PopDev”).
1) Productivity, Family Planning, Reproductive Health: An Interdisciplinary Study in Burkina Faso, led by Veronique Filippi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Maurice Yaogo, AFRICSante; Katerini Tagmatarchi Storeng, University of Oslo; and Andre Soubeiga, University of Ouagadougou. The ultimate aim of this project is to conduct multidisciplinary research on the impact of pregnancy on income-generating and non-income-generating production in Burkina Faso; and to investigate how investments in reproductive health might contribute to reducing poverty and fostering economic development and equity. The study consists of three parts: (1) secondary analysis of an existing dataset (collected by Immpact) on the productivity costs of pregnancy and childbearing; (2) collection of primary quantitative data on reproductive health and productivity in a prospective cohort of 900 pregnant women, with follow-up over a nine-month period; (3) a qualitative, ethnographic analysis of women’s reproduction, productivity, and empowerment.
2) Fertility Timing and Women’s Economic Outcomes in South Africa, led by Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town; and David Lam, University of Michigan. This project uses unique longitudinal data to analyze the impact of fertility timing on women’s long-run economic outcomes in South Africa, especially on the impacts of teen childbearing; more generally, the timing of first birth; and the number of children on a wide range of long-run economic outcomes, including employment, earnings, migration, and poverty transitions.
3) 35 Years Later: Effects of the Matlab Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Program on Women’s Economic Empowerment, led by Jane Menken, University of Colorado; and Abdur Razzaque, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Despite the global spread of reproductive health and family planning programs, little is known about long‐term and multigenerational effects on women’s economic and social empowerment. This project will provide causal evidence on such effects, over a 35-year period, of the Matlab Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Program (MCH‐FP), initiated by icddr,b in the rural Matlab area of Bangladesh in 1977.
4) Family Planning and Women’s Sexual and Economic Empowerment, led by Jan Willem Gunning, VU University of Amsterdam; Baltazar Gonçalo Mazungane Chilundo, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Anita Pedra Hardon, University of Amsterdam; Wendy Janssens, VU University of Amsterdam; and Menno Pradhan, University of Amsterdam. The objective of this multidisciplinary research is to conduct two independent but interrelated studies in Mozambique. The first, a quantitative sexual behavior diaries (SBD) study on women who do not want to become pregnant within the next 12 months, with the objective to examine how women’s empowerment status, negotiation skills , and awareness, in combination with specific social and economic circumstances, affect consistent use of family planning methods. The second, a quantitative socio-economic diaries (SED) study conducted among pregnant women to determine how a newborn child affects consumption and savings behavior within the household, female labor market participation, time allocation of (female) household members, and nutritional intake.
5) Reproductive Health, Nutritional Status, and Macroeconomic Shocks: A Multi-Level, Quasi-Natural Experimental Analysis of Food Commodity Price Fluctuations, led by David Stuckler, Cambridge University; Shah Ebrahim, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); and Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The project aims to: (1) assess the effects of food commodity prices on reproductive and child health, specifically maternal and childhood nutrition, fetal development, neonatal mortality, and early childhood development; (2) identify national, state and household policy responses which may mitigate or exacerbate the reproductive and child-health effects of rising food prices. The study uses a unique dataset on India.
6) Girls' Economic Empowerment - The Best Contraceptive? A Randomized Controlled Trial in Tanzania, led by Bertil Tungodden, Vincent Somville, Ida Lindkivst, Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Chr. Michelsen Institute ; Tausi Kida, Economic and Social Reasearch Foundation; and Linda Helgesson Sekei, Development Pioneer Consultants. The main objective of the study is to increase understanding of young girls’ fertility decisions and how these decisions interact with their economic situation. The study investigates the fertility decisions of girls when they are on the verge of making two of the most important decisions in their lives: What to do when leaving school and whether to start childbearing. The study will use randomized control trial methodology to test the effects of an information program and a business training program.
This call was a joint initiative of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development (the Netherlands, NL), the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB, USA) in collaboration with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett, USA).