Social Protection Programmes in the Maldives

3ie has awarded an impact evaluation grant to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The team will be evaluating a disability allowance programme implemented by the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) in Maldives.

The impact evaluation funded under this call is being commissioned by 3ie member, NSPA. The NSPA has the mandate to implement all the social protection programmes outlined under the Social Protection Act 2/2014. The NSPA has identified four of its programmes for rigorous impact evaluation to inform and strengthen their development. More information about these programmes can be found in the request for qualifications document.

For more information about this call, please read the Request for Qualifications (384.3 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 23 February 2016.

The answers to the questions 3ie received by 23:59 GMT, 29 January 2016 are available in this Q&A document (210.2 KB). Please direct any questions related to this RFQ to with ‘PW Maldives’ in the email subject.

All key documents that were required for this application are available on the .

At a glance

  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase a preparation grant of up to US$30,000 will be made to the qualifying research team.
  • During the first phase, the selected team must engage collaboratively with the staff of NSPA and other stakeholders to undertake a process or formative evaluation (as the case may be) and use the findings, along with consultative meetings, a field visit, a workshop and other means to develop a rigorous impact evaluation proposal of a programme to be selected from the four programmes identified by NSPA.
  • At the end of the first phase, the selected team will submit a formative or process evaluation report, the full impact evaluation proposal and a budget.
  • In the second phase the proposed impact evaluation design and budget will be reviewed and scored by internal and external reviewers, including a representative from the NSPA. If the proposal is accepted, 3ie will award the research team a grant to conduct the impact evaluation, conditional on the proposal receiving adequate scores.
  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.
  • The research team should include at least one researcher who is a Maldivian national as a lead PI or co-PI, who must be resident in the Maldives. If not an independent consultant, they should be working for an organisation that is registered in the Maldives. The researcher must be engaged in substantive tasks for the study during design, analysis, report writing, policy engagement and research communication for uptake in policy and programming.

National Social Protection Agency, the Maldives

The National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) was established on 27 August 2008 with the launch of the social health insurance scheme, Madhana, which provides healthcare financing to the population covered under this scheme within the country. With the enactment of the Social Protection Act 2/2014, NSPA has the mandate to implement all the social protection programmes outlined in the Act. 

The NSPA implements a range of programmes and has identified four of its programmes for rigorous impact evaluation to inform and strengthen their development. These include:

  • Single Parent Allowance Programme
  • Disability Allowance Programme
  • Food Subsidy Programme
  • Destitute Assistance Programme 

Of these, the first two are ongoing programmes, while the other two will be rolled out around the middle of 2016.

For more information, read the Request for Qualifications.

3ie's Policy Window Three 

3ie’s Policy Window 3 (PW3) funds high-quality, mixed-method impact evaluations commissioned by 3ie members and their implementing agencies to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of a counterfactual (experimental or quasi-experimental) to examine the full causal chain of the programme and answer questions about what works, why, how and at what cost. 3ie also requires cost effectiveness or cost benefit analyses in the impact evaluations it supports.

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