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

This fund is managed jointly by IPA and J-PAL, with IPA accepting proposals for work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and J-PAL accepting proposals for work in Europe and MENA. Applicants should refer to this country-by-country list to ensure that they are following the right process.

DLI’s third call for proposals is now open. Optional expressions of interest for projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are due May 24, 2024, and proposals are due July 26, 2024.

Call for Proposals


Application Instructions


The DLI team held information sessions providing an overview of our Call for Proposals before our first round. Recordings can be found here:

Please reach out to with any questions.

Dates for Round III:

  • April 10, 2024: Competitive round announced
  • May 24, 2024: Expression of interest deadline (optional)
  • Week of June 10, 2024: Responses to expressions of interest released, recommending whether or not teams should submit a full proposal
  • July 26, 2024: Proposal submission deadline
  • October 2024: Awards announced