NORRAG and the KIX initiative

NORRAG (the Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training) was selected as Regional Learning Partner for hosting the KIX Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Pacific Hub (Regional Hub 3) of the KIX Initiative. NORRAG was awarded a grant for a 45-month project, starting in April 2020, to set up and manage a hub and platform for the 21 GPE partners countries in the region. NORRAG is an Associated Programme of the Geneva Graduate Institute and is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The KIX Initiative corresponds to the core mission of NORRAG to mobilize, produce, and disseminate knowledge with a focus on providing a greater voice and enhanced visibility to expertise from the Global South. 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 themes. As part of the KIX Initiative, NORRAG closely collaborates with education experts and institutions in the Hub 3 region and mobilizes its own network of NORRAG members in the region.

The NORRAG proposal to serve as the Regional Learning Partner for Hub 3 (Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Pacific) is accessible here:

About KIX

The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) is a joint endeavor with the International Development Research Centre to connect expertise, innovation and knowledge to help developing countries build stronger education systems and accelerate progress toward SDG 4. With a budget of over CA$82 million, KIX is the largest fund solely dedicated to meet global public good gaps in education. A KIX Peer Learning and Exchange Portal was launched in 2021 to support the initiative.  

Through the sharing and funding of proven solutions and innovations, KIX has 2 objectives:

  • Ensuring that evidence-based solutions get in the hands of national policymakers and directly feed policy dialogue and planning processes.
  • Building capacity to produce, integrate and scale knowledge and innovation in GPE partner countries.

KIX consists of four regional hubs, where partners come together to share information, solutions and best practices. These hubs, comprised of government representatives and other local education stakeholders, are:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), South Sudan, Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Their mission is to bring to the surface education policy priorities and support knowledge mobilization and exchange across partner developing countries and the partnership at large.

In addition to these regional hubs, KIX provides grants at the global and regional levels to invest in knowledge generation and innovation, and to scale proven approaches. KIX will reinforce and enhance the effectiveness of GPE grants that support education sector planning and implementation.

KIX activities are currently clustered around six thematic areas. Additional thematic areas may emerge over the course of the project.

Approach and activities

As Regional Learning Partner, NORRAG designed the KIX Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Pacific Hub in ways to set in motion four feedback loops that will contribute to achieving 3 main objectives.

The four feedback loops are

  1. between policy research and practice,
  2. between global and national public goods
  3. between supply and demand-driven capacity strengthening,
  4. between ‘what works’ in terms of scalable innovations and future project design, and vice versa.

The three objectives are

  1. Enhance the utilization of global public goods for national policy analysis and planning
  2. Mobilize national experts for agenda setting, policy analysis, and policy advice
  3. Identify and learn from successful innovation for future project design


  • Webinars on topics selected based on sub-regional demands
  • Learning Cycles: Policy Analysis Exchange (PAX) and Innovation Exchange (InnX)
  • Production of Scoping Studies and Reports
  • Face-to-face regional conferences and workshops
  • Production of podcasts of policy analyses and innovations
  • Inter-Country Visits and Meetings in sub-regional or cross-national thematic teams

This work was supported by the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange, a joint endeavour with the International Development Research Centre, Canada

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