Transparency and Accountability in Natural Resources Governance Thematic Window

3ie requested qualifications from researchers for grants to prepare proposals for rigorous impact evaluations of initiatives aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of governance of natural resources in the extractives sector.

Programmes selected for evaluation by the research teams should focus on improving transparency and accountability of the governance of resources in the extractives sector. The resources include commodities such as oil, gas and minerals.

For more information about this call, please read the  Request for Qualifications (RFQ) (268.5 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for this RFQ was 22 October 2014.

Please direct any questions related to this RFQ to

At a glance

  • 3ie aims to fund six to eight proposal preparation grants. 
  • Only legally registered organisations, and consortia of registered organisations not individuals, could apply.
  • Research teams can choose to evaluate programmes in DFID priority countries (listed in the RFQ) or other developing countries. Priority will be given to evaluation of programmes in the DFID priority countries.
  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase, a proposal preparation grant will be awarded.
  • Proposals received in the first phase will reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria and will be considered for evaluation grants in the second phase.
  • It is necessary to include principal investigators that are residents of the country in which the programme or initiative is being implemented.
  • In phase 1, in addition to the two capacity-building workshops, at least one member of the study team will be expected to attend a grantee inception workshop.

About the Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window 

The objective of this grant window is to fill critical knowledge gaps by funding impact evaluations that generate rigorous evidence for informing the design or the scale up of effective transparency and accountability initiatives. 

In November 2013, 3ie requested proposals for impact evaluations of interventions that aim to increase the transparency and accountability in the governance of natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals. 3ie will make three awards for impact evaluations under this call. To read more about the evaluations being funded under the first call, visit the Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window Award Winners

The first funding call under the Transparency and Accountability Thematic Window was supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

The second call under this funding window is supported by DFID.

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