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Drivers of responsible business conduct in low- and middle-income countries: a rapid evidence assessment

Volume 2: Terms of reference The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) invites tenders by 5pm British Summer Time (BST) on 29 March 2024 to conduct a rapid evidence assessment of the research literature on the drivers of responsible business conduct in low- and middle-income countries. The UK has positioned itself as a leader on responsible business conduct and has committed to support countries to implement and adopt responsible business practices in line with international standards. This rapid evidence assessment is intended to support FCDO to design a new responsible and inclusive business programme, informing the development of the programme’s theory of change

  • undertaking research in the field of responsible business conduct, environmental, social and governance (ESG), and private sector development in low- and middle-income countries, with preference for experience conducting research on responsible business conduct or investment
  • conducting rigorous evidence syntheses, including systematic reviews or rapid evidence assessments
  • using empirical research methods to evaluate responsible business conduct and private sector development interventions

How to apply

Volume 3: Application form

Volume 7: Evidence Fund safeguarding policy

Volume 1: Invitation to tender instructions and evaluation criteria To deliver a robust rapid evidence assessment, the FCDO seeks a research team that has expertise in: For more information about how to apply for this call for proposals, read the full invitation to tender documents. Volume 6: Evidence Fund conflict of interest policy Volume 4: Commercial pro formas Email your technical and commercial proposal to uk_evidence_fund_administration@pwc.com by 5pm BST on 29 March 2024. Late bids will not be accepted. Volume 5: Pro forma contract Volume 8: Letter and declaration to accompany tenders


Evidence Fund Manager: uk_evidence_fund_administration@pwc.com


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