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Call for competitive systematic reviews and evidence summaries under SARH Systematic Review Programme for South Asia

The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID has launched a systematic review programme with the following objectives: 

  • Providing a robust assessment of the available evidence for development programming and policymaking in South Asia;
  • Strengthening capacity of South Asian organisations to conduct systematic reviews.

Based on the above objectives, the programme seeks to commission several research products, comprising of systematic reviews and evidence summaries, in themes relevant to the development priorities of South Asia.

Systematic reviews will be commissioned from organisations having prior experience in conducting such reviews (to be called competitive systematic reviews) as well as from other teams having basic technical skills but requiring additional support to conduct systematic reviews (to be called training systematic reviews; teams conducting these to be called trainee review teams). Evidence summaries (of existing systematic reviews) can be prepared both by organisations having prior experience in conducting systematic reviews or by teams with limited exposure to systematic reviews. Selection of organisations will be done separately for each study through open bidding.

The first call for competitive systematic reviews and evidence summaries (issued on 3 July 2015), and training systematic reviews and evidence summaries (issued on 7 December 2015), has been successfully commissioned.

Now, we invite proposals for another round of competitive systematic reviews and competitive evidence summaries under the programme. Documents requesting proposals are attached at the end of this page.

Competitive systematic reviews and evidence summaries require past experience in conducting systematic reviews. However, quality assurance support will be provided to teams commissioned under this call. 

Organisations based in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar) are strongly encouraged to apply. If relevant, organisations may form consortium that include non-South Asia partners. However, it is desirable that at least one of the participating organisations is from South Asia or has considerable experience of working in the region.

The last date for submitting the proposal(s) is: 18 July 2016 (Monday) by 17:00 UK time. You may apply for all or any of themes provided in RfPs by submitting separate proposals for each. However, bidders from the same organisation should not submit more than one proposal for the same question.

You may submit your queries on the RFP via emails to the email ID: latest by 16 June 2016. Responses to the queries will be posted on the EPPI Centre’s website by 23 June 2016.

This programme is being co-ordinated by PwC India, the EPPI Centre and LIRNEasia.




  1. Request for proposal document for systematic reviews
  2. Request for proposal document for evidence summary
  3. Systematic review methodology brochure 
  4. Clarification to RfP documents
  5. Responses to queries (received until 1 July 2016)


Systematic Review of Non-State Justice Systems in South Asia. Protocol

Effectiveness of behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions in delivering health messages on antenatal care for improving maternal and child health (MCH) indicators in a limited literacy setting: an evidence summary of systematic reviews. Protocol

Effectiveness of different ‘gender-responsive policing’ initiatives designed to enhance confidence, satisfaction in policing services and reduce risk of violence against women in low and middle income countries - a systematic review. Protocol

Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low and middle income countries: An evidence summary. Protocol

Natural Resource Revenue Management In Low And Middle Income Countries Experiencing Politically Fragile Conditions : A Systematic Review. Preliminary Protocol

Systematic review of various interventions and approaches used for enhancing poverty reduction and development of ‘within country migration’. Protocol

What is the impact of urbanisation on risk of, and vulnerability to, natural disasters? What are the effective approaches for reducing exposure of urban population to disaster risks? Protocol


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