Grants awarded to scale proven innovations and strengthen education systems through the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange
Students in class look at the camera at the Beach View Nursery school.  Guyana. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela

Following a competitive call for proposals in October 2019, 12 projects have been selected through the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) to scale proven innovations in over 40 GPE partner countries.

With a total budget of US$24 million, these projects will contribute to strengthening partner countries’ education systems through adapting evidence-based education innovations with a demonstrated impact on enhancing education access and quality at scale.

These projects are multi-regional and involve at least three GPE partner countries. The projects will focus on five thematic areas: teaching and learning, early childhood care and education, equity and inclusion, data systems, and learning assessment systems.

Subject to grant contract finalization, the selected projects listed below will begin work in the coming months.


  1. Adapting and Scaling Teacher Professional Development Approaches in Ghana, Honduras and Uzbekistan (TPD@Scale)
    Implementing partners: FIT-Ed (lead) SUMMA and Worldreader
  1. Teaching at the Right Level: Learning how to improve teacher support through mentoring and monitoring
    Implementing partners: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) (lead), J-PAL Africa
  1. Connected Learning for Teacher Capacity Building in STEM
    Implementing partners: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (lead), Samtse College of Education @Royal University Bhutan, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Open University of Tanzania, UNESCO, Cluster Office for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka

LEARNING (including equity and inclusion)

  1. Using Technology to Improve Literacy in the Global South
    Implementing partners: Centre for the Study of Learning & Performance @ Concordia University (lead), Aga Khan Academies Unit of AKDN, World Vision Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University
  1. Improving Literacy of Children through Support from Community Networks
    Implementing partners: World Vision (Canada, Ghana, Honduras and Nicaragua) (lead), The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, The School of Education and Leadership (SEL) of University of Ghana, Foro Social de la Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras (FOSDEH)
  2. Bridges to Impact through innovative EdTech: forging links between policy, research and practice in GPE countries
    Implementing partner: Stichting War Child (War Child Holland)


  1. Integrating early childhood education in sectoral planning
    Implementing partners: UNICEF (lead), World Bank, ECDAN
  1. Adapting, testing and scaling the proven Summer Pre-Primary (SPP) model in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Tanzania
    Implementing partners: Plan International Canada (lead), The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), American Institutes for Research


  1. Data Use Innovations for Education Management Systems in The Gambia, Uganda, and Togo
    Implementing partners: Institute of Informatics, University of Oslo (lead), UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Save the Children Uganda, HISP Uganda, HISP West and Central Africa
  1. Using Data to Improve Education Equity and Inclusion
    Implementing partner: UNICEF (Data and Analytics Section)
  1. Data Must Speak about positive deviant approaches to learning
    Implementing partners: UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti


  1. Common-scale assessment of early and foundational math learning across the Global South
    Implementing partners: People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network (lead), Pratham Education Foundation, Australian Council for Education Research (ACER)

KIX connects expertise, innovation and knowledge to help developing countries build stronger education systems and progress toward SDG 4: inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

KIX consists of a knowledge sharing and exchange function, where partners come together to share information, innovation, challenges and best practices; and a funding mechanism that provides grants at global and regional levels to invest in knowledge generation and innovation and to scale up proven approaches. With a budget of over US$75 million, KIX is the largest fund solely dedicated to meet global public good gaps in education.

Together with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - the KIX grant agent – we look forward to working with a diverse range of implementing partners to inform education policy and practice in GPE partner countries.

Students in class look at the camera at the Beach View Nursery school.  Guyana. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela

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