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Success in Global Challenges Research Fund


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Warwick Law School have recently succeeded in securing funding for three projects to support research in international development.

Dr Sharifah Sekalala and Dr Raza Saeed have received funding from the catalyst fund and Professor Ann Stewart from the accelerator fund. The call was to develop collaborative interdisciplinary projects with a focus on global south impact.

How will we be using this funding?

Dr Sharifah Sekalala

Sharifah’s project is interdisciplinary with Warwick Medical School and develops her work on using Sustainable Development Goals to achieve better health outcomes in developing countries. The pilot project will be run in conjunction with a leading civil society organisation in Uganda, Centre for Health and Human Rights, and aims to identify and act on underlying factors that hinder the realisation of sexual reproductive health and rights of young women in slums.

Dr Raza Saeed

Raza’s project emerged from his research and teaching in human rights with a particular focus on developing countries. The project is aimed at building the capacity of National Commission for Human Rights Pakistan in the areas of international human rights law, treaty obligations and rights-based investigation and reporting. With NCHR-P placed as the country’s national human rights monitoring organisation, the dialogues and capacity building has the potential to have an impact on ground.

Professor Ann Stewart

Ann‘s project develops her work on gender and ageing in African plural legal contexts with partners at Nairobi Law Faculty and Help Age International’s African regional office. It focuses on the development of contextually grounded, gendered life course approaches to ageing in African contexts. This aim is to encourage debate about how to recognise, reduce and redistribute caring responsibilities.

This is a great achievement for Warwick Law School and we look forward to keeping you up to date with these research projects as they evolve.

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Mon 28 Jan 2019, 10:55 | Tags: Research, Staff in action