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Global Education at R4D

Global Education

Education is playing an increasingly important role as economies and societies become more knowledge-based. R4D’s education initiatives concentrate on education financing (specifically focusing on aid effectiveness, emerging donors and innovative financing), early learning, secondary education skills development, and innovative non-state education interventions. This area complements our work in health and governance, and cross-cutting themes include the relationships among education, nutrition and health, and supporting civil society organizations in their work to increase public sector accountability.

Global Education Projects

UNICEF and R4D have partnered to design and test a strategy to better understand what types of innovative programs and interventions have the greatest potential for impact. Both partners will collaborate on devising selection criteria and a rapid assessment methodology to evaluate innovations.

Over a 19-month period beginning May 2013, R4D will analyze the reliability and validity of the assessments, evaluate the assessment implementation process, and explore the extent to which the assessment results have increased awareness of children’s learning outcomes and led to actions to improve them. Analytical tools will include key informant interviews, field visits, and an in-depth literature review.

Global Partnership for Education (GPE) commissioned R4D to assess the feasibility of such a loan buy-down to support measurable reforms in education, while also raising financing for the sector. R4D's report analyzes the loan buy-down model as it has been applied to different sectors, and considers key design aspects to applying it to the education sector.

Results for Development Institute (R4D) will be serving as the Learning Partner for the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), an initiative led by a group of private donors and donor advisors to accelerate innovation in secondary education programming, research, and development in selected countries.

The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) seeks to promote the scale-up and adaptation of promising policies and practices that improve the access, affordability, and quality of non-state education interventions for the poor in mostly low income countries.

The Children's Investment Fund Foundation asked Results for Development Institute to develop frameworks for costing, cost-effectiveness analysis, and financial sustainability that the Foundation can use consistently across five CIFF priority areas: neonatal mortality, early childhood education, severe and acute malnutrition, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and de-worming.

Leveraging its extensive experience with both international goals in general and education goals in particular, R4D is conducting an exercise to investigate and scope a post-MDG education framework.

With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, R4D aims to identify the skills students in developing countries need in order to best position them for employment opportunities, and then explore paths to scale up the most effective models of delivering these skills in Africa and Asia.

R4D is working with global philanthropic foundations and other donor organizations that are seeking the most effective ways to discover, invest in, and scale up or cross-pollinate successful early childhood learning models.

The Ed Venture Fund addresses gaps in access to higher quality education, particularly in developing countries, through an approach that stimulates and scales up innovations, leveraging philanthropic and investment capital.