The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada recently launched a global south research network –FutureWORKS — dedicated to researching and addressing the challenges posed by the changing landscape of work across the global south. Through shared research, network consolidation, and collaboration in public policy processes, FutureWORKS seeks to foster innovation that advances skills for the future of work and promote decent work globally.
LIRNEasia has been selected to lead in the building of the Asian segment/cluster of a global south research network over a period of five years. Through this network, LIRNEasia will commission high-quality, innovative and gender responsive research and lead a regional research network to advance skills and policies for an inclusive and sustainable future of work in Asia. LIRNEasia, will award over 12 research grants over the period of five years, through a competitive selection process to this end. Grantees will form the Asian network, which will be a sub-net of the larger global south network.
This global south network will be formed through similar networks built in Africa by the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Ghana; in the MENA region by the American University of Beirut; and in Latin America and the Caribbean by Red Sudamericana de Economía Aplicada. Network activities, including knowledge-sharing, dissemination, and capacity building, will take place over the project period at the regional network level as well as the global level, brought together by a global hub led by the JustJobs Network.
A call for research concept notes will be issued by LIRNEasia as a first stage in the coming months, following which full proposals will be requested in May-June 2024, for the first cycle of grants. A second cycle of grants will be initiated through a similar process in 2025.
Stay tuned for updates.