NORRAG in brief



NORRAG is an independent network whose Secretariat is located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, with which it maintains close partnership relations.

NORRAG has established itself as a leading multi-stakeholder network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (for more information on the history of NORRAG see PDF). Thanks to the support by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and other partners, NORRAG is continuously expanding its activities and international outreach.

NORRAG aims at informing, challenging and influencing policy making and dialogue on international education and training policies and cooperation at the national, regional and international levels, and on the interactions between them. It builds and disseminates evidence-based critical information and knowledge and offers a platform for novel perspectives on topical issues in the field. By facilitating knowledge exchange and sharing among its various stakeholders, members and partners - including researchers, practitioners, and policy makers - NORRAG serves as knowledge broker at the interface between research, policy and practice. Finally, NORRAG seeks to promote South-South-North cooperation and has engaged the development of partnerships and collaborative programmes in the global South, such as in Argentina, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and South-Africa, in view of developing joint activities and collaboration.

As of August 2016, NORRAG has more than 4,600 registered individual members (academia, NGOs, international organisations, consultants, private sector, foundations…) in about 170 countries, 47% from the global South. These members contribute to the production and dissemination of NORRAG’s knowledge products and take part, as well as non-members, in workshops and meetings organised in different parts of the world.

>> NORRAG leaflet can be download here in 6 languages!


Main outputs

  • Events: NORRAG organises and convenes workshops, conferences, and policy seminars in relation to its objectives and thematic programmes; it also coorganises and participates in many events each year with other partners worldwide. NORRAG often serves as an a-typical convener, by bringing together people that normally do not meet, in order to provide novel and cross-fertilizing perspectives. NORRAG is increasingly involved in the set up and facilitating of major events and conferences in the global South.

  • NORRAG News (NN) is the influential biannual publication launched in 1986, edited by Professor Kenneth King on the basis of a diversity of contributions from NORRAG members and non-members, which critically examines a specific, topical theme in the area of education, training policies and cooperation. The niche of NN has been to identify a number of ‘red threads' running through the complexity of the debates and the current discourse. NN seeks to provide to the education and training community short, critical, timely, sharp and novel ways of looking at major events, substantial projects, and weighty publications. A selection of NN issues are also available in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

  • NORRAG NEWSBite is the blog designed to complement NN, managed by Dr. Robert Palmer. The blog posts showcase the views and opinions of NORRAG members and non-members. As a non-institutional blog, it provides critical dispassionate critical analysis.

  • Working Papers: NORRAG also conducts and commissions studies on topics related to international education and training policies, such as the latest policies on education 2030. NORRAG recently introduced a Working Paper Series to better disseminate and file such papers.

  • Conference and Workshop Reports

  • Policy Research Notes: NORRAG's Policy Research Notes series aims at providing timely and concise policy-relevant research on a variety of issues relating to the field of international education and training.

  • Other resources produced within the framework of the collaborative programmes and institutional partnerships in the global South, such as Research Reports and Policy Brief series.

NORRAG is also present on Facebook and Twitter.