Research for Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (RIDSSA) is a research programme developed and managed by NWO-WOTRO, in collaboration with the Knowledge Platform on Development Policies. This programme supports research that leads to practical advice and policy descriptions for more inclusive African development through structural transformation. RIDSSA currently consists of three funding instruments: Strategic Actors for Inclusive Development, Productive Employment and Social Protection.

Strategic Actors for Inclusive Development

This instrument provides funding for international research consortia that investigate the roles that strategic actors across state, society and economy can play in bringing about effective implementation of inclusive policies on economic growth and in contributing to more transparent and accountable governance.

Productive Employment

Productive Employment provides funding for research that focuses on generating insights into ways in which African countries can promote productive employment, and how Dutch aid and private partners, as well as trade and investment policies can contribute to this process.

Social Protection

This instrument provides funding for joint research and knowledge sharing projects on the cost-effectiveness of social protection programmes in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Ruanda and/or Uganda. Research focuses on comparative, country-case studies and on the medium and long term impact on household or community level of regular social protection programmes.

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