Call for Proposals | Displaced Livelihoods Initiative

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The Innovations for Poverty Action and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Displaced Livelihoods Initiative (DLI) supports rigorous impact evaluations, pilots, exploratory studies, infrastructure and public goods projects, and scaling work to inform policies and programs on sustainable livelihoods for displaced populations and host communities. Funding for DLI comes from the IKEA Foundation.

Supported projects will contribute to innovation and generalizable learning on program effectiveness, identify the mechanisms underpinning programming, and address potential barriers to impact. Priority areas of research include:

  • resilience
  • entrepreneurship
  • wage employment
  • social cohesion, inclusion, and norms
  • rights and regulations

DLI’s inaugural call for proposals is now open. To apply for a project in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, see the Application Instructions below. For projects in Europe or the Middle East and North Africa, please click here.

Optional expressions of interest are due Friday, June 2 and proposals are due Friday, July 21st at 11:59pm Pacific.

On May 10 and 17, we hosted two webinars, which provided an overview of this call:

  • For policymakers and practitioners: May 10th at 9am Eastern/1pm GMT
  • For researchers: May 17th at 9am Eastern/1pm GMT. Recording and slides here.

Call for Proposals  


Application Instructions


Please reach out to with any questions.

Dates for Round One
April 26, 2023: Competitive round announced
June 2, 2023: Expression of interest deadline (optional)
June 16, 2023: Responses to expressions of interest released, recommending whether or not teams should submit a full proposal
July 21, 2023: Proposal submission deadline
October 2023: Awards announced