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Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Program

New program will accelerate the generation and uptake of evidence and innovation in the education sector

Strengthening education systems in the Global South

The Global Partnership for Education’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange program contributes to the improvement of education policy and practice in the Global South. 


Challenges for education systems 

Knowledge gaps, limited access to evidence, and weak systems to support the generation and uptake of evidence and innovations are at the root of challenges facing education systems in the Global South. These constraints, which include insufficient teacher training, a lack of gender equity, inadequate learning processes, and the absence of data to inform planning, are barriers to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to ensure “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. 

What is the Global Partnership for Education? 

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that brings governments, donors, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector, and foundations together to strengthen education systems in the Global South and increase the number of children who are in school and learning. GPE supports more than 65 countries and prioritizes the most vulnerable and those affected by fragility and conflict to ensure that every child receives a quality education. 

IDRC’s investment in education 

IDRC is implementing the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a CA$82 million partnership with the GPE to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress in the Global South. KIX is the largest funding mechanism solely dedicated and designed to meet the global public good gaps in education.

Through the sharing and funding of proven solutions and innovations, KIX will ensure that evidence-based solutions get in the hands of national policy makers and directly feed policy dialogue and planning processes. KIX will:

  • Find, fund and scale up proven solutions to address the key educational challenges identified by partner countries, and ensure these solutions feed into their education sector policy and planning processes.
  • Fund new research to fill gaps and generate innovative solutions to issues identified by partner countries.
  • Deepen our understanding of successfully scaled innovations such as products, processes, strategies or approaches to make education systems more effective.
  • Expand the ‘learning ecosystem’ by developing the capacity of southern-based organizations to learn, innovate, build and use evidence.
  • Strengthen the capacity of governments to innovate, as well as generate and use evidence and data.
  • Drive alignment and relevance of education knowledge and innovation funding between international actors.

Through KIX, IDRC will work closely with GPE’s partner countries to identify education policy challenges, strengthen capacities and evidence-based policy in the Global South, and create thriving learning environments for countries to learn from one another and strengthen their education systems. 

For more information, please contact: kix@idrc.ca