Submit your proposal for Generating and Mobilizing Innovative Knowledge for Regional Education Challenges

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) invite proposals from individual organizations or consortia of multiple organizations, for projects to generate and mobilize knowledge so national education systems in developing country contexts can address shared policy challenges related to improving access, quality and the performance of their systems.

This call is part of the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), which is a joint endeavor between GPE and IDRC. The goal of KIX is to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress in the Global South by filling knowledge gaps, increasing access to evidence, and strengthening systems to support the generation and uptake of evidence and innovations in GPE member countries.


The objectives of this regional call for proposals are to:

  • Build knowledge about innovative solutions to shared policy challenges in GPE member countries and how their positive impacts can be scaled.
  • Support the use of that knowledge in and across education systems for policy, practice and technological development and implementation; and
  • Strengthen capacities to generate and use knowledge and innovation for education.

The four policy challenges for this regional call for KIX Africa 19 are:

  • Strengthening in-service teacher mentorship and support
  • Increasing access to early childhood care and education for rural and marginalized children
  • Increasing access to quality education for rural and marginalized children
  • Strengthening utilization of learning assessments

Funding Information

Amount: CA$750,000-$1,200,000 per grant

Duration: up to 31 months

Eligibility Criteria

KIX regional calls prioritize funding to Southern organizations. Proposals must be submitted by nationally/internationally registered or incorporated organizations in Africa. These could include, but are not limited to, civil society organizations, research institutions, universities, think tanks, network secretariats and associations, non-profits or private sector, based in the region. Proposals should demonstrate that the organization applying for the grant is working in and has relationships with relevant education stakeholders in the target countries. An applicant organization/lead organization or any other organization that will enter in a grant agreement with IDRC as part of a consortium must have legal corporate registration and capacity to administer foreign funds.

Who is eligible?

  • Individual Southern organizations based in Africa.
  • Groups of up to three organizations working in a consortium. Proposals from consortia must name one lead organization, which can sub grant to additional organizations. The lead organization must be a Southern organization based in Africa. Other consortium members may include members from Africa; national, regional or international offices of multi-lateral organizations or international NGOs; or other organizations from outside Africa.
  • Private Sector: Proposals from or that include private sector partners are welcome. Such applications should demonstrate how private sector resources–financial or technical knowhow-will contributes to the project, in partnership with others.

For more information, visit IDRC


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