Call for proposals in East, West, and Southern Africa: Generating and mobilizing innovative knowledge for regional education challenges

Call for



Technology and Innovation


November 06, 2020 by 23:45 (EST)




31 months

Funded by

IDRC and the Global Partnership for Education


Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe



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






This call is open to individual Southern organizations or consortia of up to three organizations. The applicant organization/lead institution must have legal corporate registration and the capacity to administer foreign funds.

Proposals from consortia must name one lead organization that can subgrant to additional organizations. The lead organization must be a Southern organization based in Africa. Other consortium members may include members from within the region; national, regional, or international offices of multi-lateral organizations or international NGOs; or other organizations from outside the region.

This call is NOT open to individuals, governments, or organizations interested in using this grant to conduct research on the for-profit provision of core education services.


The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and IDRC invite proposals for regional grants from individual organizations or consortia of multiple organizations for national, sub-national, or regional level projects to generate and mobilize knowledge to support national education systems in developing country contexts in addressing shared policy challenges related to improving access, quality, and the performance of their systems.

Projects funded through this call will:

  • Scan for and identify relevant approaches and innovations to address shared policy challenges;
  • Adapt and test those approaches to assess how to scale positive impacts in GPE-member countries; and
  • Mobilize knowledge and build capacity to improve the uptake of approaches in policy and practice.

This call is designed to respond to the demands of GPE member countries for knowledge and innovation. Proposals should address one or more of the following four policy challenges shared among GPE member countries in East, West, and Southern Africa:

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

More details

Please refer to the detailed call for proposals for more information about the call objectives, eligibility, timelines, selection criteria, review process, application guidelines, and regional challenges.

You are strongly encouraged to read the detailed call for proposals document before applying. Register for a webinar about this call on September 17, 2020.

Please e-mail your questions in advance to by September 10, 2020.

Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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