Two New Funding Windows to Support Stronger Education Systems: KIX and ASA

In early 2017, GPE's Board approved the new Financing and Funding Framework (FFF) which positions GPE to deliver on its ambitious strategy, GPE 2020.

The framework proposes 2 new mechanisms to further enhance GPE's impact:

  • The Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) aims to deliver solutions to critical policy challenges by investing in global and regional efforts that advance relevant knowledge and innovation.
  • The Advocacy and Social Accountability (ASA) mechanism will invest in initiatives to strengthen transparency, civil society participation and advocacy in education to improve mutual accountability across the partnership.

Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX)

KIX's objective is to accelerate the development and adoption of solutions to policy challenges that are critical to achieving GPE 2020 and hence ensure more children are in school and learning. KIX will invest in global and regional efforts that advance relevant knowledge and innovation and translate them into strengthened education systems in partner developing countries.

KIX has 3 key objectives:

  1. Support adoption of cutting edge solutions to policy challenges identified as central to the delivery of GPE 2020
  2. Improve the capacity of partner countries to use knowledge and policy and programmatic innovations to strengthen their education systems, complementing existing GPE investments in sector planning and implementation.
  3. Focus on global and regional activities, public goods and peer exchange, in areas where GPE can play a unique or catalytic role because of its focus on systems, planning and inclusive policy dialogue.

KIX will have 2 funding windows:

  1. Knowledge, research and analytic work to support policy innovation (e.g., building tools, norms, improving data and monitoring etc.)
  2. Programmatic innovations that are tested/scaled in a few countries so that they are ready for scaling across the partnership.

KIX will be designed to attract non-traditional donors and to keep administrative and transaction costs low.

Advocacy and Social Accountability (ASA)

The ASA mechanism will support social accountability and advocacy activities at national, regional, global and transnational levels to fuel demand-side action to achieve quality equitable education.

At the country level, the ASA funding mechanism will support effective civil society representation and engagement in national education sector policy dialogue, beneficiary engagement in monitoring and assessing government performance and expenditures, and social mobilization to feedback on and voice demand for improved education policy and service delivery, especially for disadvantaged groups.

Through global and transnational advocacy efforts, the ASA funding mechanism will help to improve mutual accountability across the partnership for education development commitments, including in the areas of aid effectiveness, domestic resource mobilization, and education policy.

ASA funding windows

Design and consultation process

Over the coming months, GPE's Strategy and Impact Committee will be overseeing the process to develop and launch GPE's work in these new areas. This work will be supported by the GPE Secretariat, working with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. They will be conducting market analyses, benchmarking comparators and hosting consultations across all of the constituencies of the partnership over the coming 3 months.

Based on these inputs, the Strategy and Impact Committee will meet at the end of September and the end of October to refine the proposal. They will be considering aspects of the new funding mechanisms such as: what each mechanism will fund and how each mechanism will function, specifically what modalities will be used for funding, how large and how many grants will be made, how funders can channel financing into different programs (taking into account the recently approved Contributions and Safeguards Policy), and how these activities will be linked to GPE's overall country-level operating model.

The Board will then consider options for these key design elements of the new funding windows at their next face to face meeting in December 2017. In 2018, implementation planning efforts will begin, with a view to operationalizing the new mechanisms by the end of the year.

This page will be regularly updated with additional documentation, background analysis and information on ASA and KIX as it becomes available.

Learn more about the FFF

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