In January 2019, GIF was notified by Evidence Action of the tragic deaths of people who may have travelled with No Lean Season programme subsidies in Bangladesh.
Separately, Evidence Action subsequently made us aware of alleged financial impropriety with regards to the programme operations in Bangladesh.
In line with our internal processes, GIF immediately suspended and withheld further funding of the No Lean Season programme. GIF informed its donors and its regulator of these incidents immediately and reserved all rights with respect to its funding of Evidence Action.
Evidence Action appointed independent legal firms to undertake investigations into these incidents, and has shared the findings with GIF. The suspension of GIF funds remains in force whilst we exercise our audit rights on the use of GIF funds.
Our ultimate focus is on ensuring that public money is spent appropriately and to deliver transformative outcomes for the world’s poorest people. We expect the highest standards of propriety and ethics in all of the organisations in which we invest.
A $2,571,210 grant to rigorously test the effectiveness of No Lean Season, a programme which offers subsidies to low-income agricultural workers as an incentive to migrate during the famine season to urban areas where higher wages can be earned.
The programme is an innovative way of harnessing the benefits of migration and addressing the relatively neglected problem of seasonality of poverty.
Strong evidence of the programme’s sustained cost-effective impact on the welfare of the rural poor facing seasonal hunger.
Robust study designs and strong plans to generate evidence that will contribute to evidence generation on lean season distress mitigation and temporary internal migration.
Highly capable team, with a proven track record in scaling up evidence-based programmes.Apply for funding