NORRAG is a global membership-based network of international policies and cooperation in education, established in 1986.

NORRAG’s core mandate and strength is to produce, disseminate and broker critical knowledge and to build capacity for and with a wide range of stakeholders. These stakeholders inform and shape education policies and practice, both at national and international levels. By doing so, NORRAG contributes to creating the conditions for more participatory, better informed, and evidence-based policy decisions that improve equal access to and quality of education.

NORRAG builds on its distinctive global “brand” and network representing academia, government, NGOs, international organizations, foundations and the private sector. As of early 2017, the Network has more than 4,800 registered members in 171 countries, 48% from the global South. The Network shares a vision of education development which:

  • Conceives education as a life-long process and therefore supports education and vocational skills development in and out of school across a lifespan and in different educative sites
  • Gives equal weight to knowledge and expertise from the global North/West and the global South/East and promotes the “voices of the South” or the “voices of the East” respectively
  • Bridges policy and research by providing data-based policy advice and by carrying out policy-relevant analytical work and research.

By providing and stimulating innovative and critical knowledge and perspectives on the interaction between international and national policies, NORRAG seeks to inform and influence policies and practice on a number of key thematic clusters and themes, including:

  • International policy agendas and global governance: SDG-4 and other education-related SDG goals; human rights approaches to education; fragility and education; new actors in aid; philanthropy in education; alternative financing
  • Reform of education systems: Private sector involvement and PPP; international, regional and national large-scale student assessments; primary, secondary, VSD and higher education development and quality assurance; community schools; minority-inclusive reforms
  • Youth and skills development: policies and practices in the global South/East, second-chance education, skills development for the marginalized, continuum between basic education, VSD, work and employment.

See also NORRAG’s thematic areas

NORRAG’s scope of work is organized as follows:

  • Research and knowledge production: policy research and analytical work, and various NORRAG publications such as NORRAG News, the blog and Working Papers
  • Policy Dialogue and knowledge dissemination: events workshop and conference series
  • Capacity development and executive education: professional development programs, institutional capacity building and collaborative research with and amongst our partner.

See also what we do section

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