About Us

NORRAG IN BRIEF

NORRAG is a global network of over 5,000 members for international policies and cooperation in education and training. NORRAG is an offshoot of the Research, Review, and Advisory Group (RRAG) established in 1977 and at the time funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Swedish International Development Authority (Sida). It was charged with critically reviewing and disseminating education research related to the developing world. The current name was adopted in 1986 and NORRAG is now mainly supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

NORRAG’s strength lies in addressing under-researched questions of quality and equity in key issues in education and development, and in amplifying under-represented expertise particularly from the South. NORRAG’s core mandate is to produce, disseminate and broker critical knowledge, and to build capacity for and with the wide range of stakeholders who constitute our network. Our stakeholders from academia, governments, NGOs, international organizations, foundations and the private sector inform and shape education policies and practice at national and international levels. Through our work, NORRAG contributes to creating the conditions for more participatory, evidence-informed decisions that improve equal access to and quality of education and training.

NORRAG seeks to actively participate in the creation of the conditions for more participatory, evidence-informed policy decisions that improve equal access to quality education. NORRAG supports public, private and voluntary sectors and academia worldwide in our common goal to improve equitable and quality education and learning outcomes for the learners and societies that are at the centre of all education policy and practice.

NORRAG undertakes projects in four thematic priority areas which need more and better contextualised research and knowledge, policy dialogue and capacity building. A fifth set of transversal activities relates to ensuring NORRAG’s institutional sustainability.

NORRAG co-produces, mobilises and disseminates quality research and evidence on education and development in order to help reduce uncertainty for policy makers, planners, practitioners and researchers. Surfacing and amplifying under-represented expertise, particularly from the South, helps to generate relevant and contextualised global, regional and national public goods and policy debate. Recognising that evidence use is essentially a relational process underpins our facilitation of policy dialogue in Geneva and worldwide. Building capacity to collect, interpret and use data and evidence helps to improve educational planning, policymaking and practice (see How we work).

Together these ways of working activate positive feedback loops that enable a more favourable environment for evidence-informed policy, planning and practice for equitable, quality education. NORRAG’s distinctive approach to advancing equitable, quality, accessible lifelong education enables our stakeholders to:

  • KNOW what robust evidence exists 
  • AMPLIFY knowledge that is context-relevant
  • ACCESS under-represented knowledge relevant to their work
  • ACT: work with context-relevant knowledge and expertise to formulate priorities and solutions. 

NORRAG is an associate programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Read our Strategy 2021-2025 here.

Annual reports

Annual reports present the key activities and outputs delivered by NORRAG in the three main output categories and four thematic clusters.

Annual Report 2021
Annual Report 2020
Annual Report 2019
Annual Report 2018
Activity Report 2017
Activity Report 2016
Activity Report 2015

NORRAG Bulletin

Sent to more than 3,000 subscribers, the NORRAG Bulletin is a quarterly newsletter informing about our events, news and publications. To subscribe and manage your subscription, please register as a member. Past issues:

NORRAG Bulletin 56 (June 2022)
NORRAG Bulletin 55 (March 2022)
NORRAG Bulletin 54 (December 2021)
NORRAG Bulletin 53 (September 2021)
NORRAG Bulletin 52 (June 2021)
NORRAG Bulletin 51 (March 2021)
NORRAG Bulletin 50 (December 2020)
NORRAG Bulletin 49 (September 2020)
NORRAG Bulletin 48 (June 2020)
NORRAG Bulletin 47 (March 2020)
NORRAG Bulletin 46 (December 2019)
NORRAG Bulletin 45 (September 2019)
NORRAG Bulletin 44 (June 2019)
NORRAG Bulletin 43 (March 2019)
NORRAG Bulletin 42 (December 2018)
NORRAG Bulletin 41 (September 2018)
NORRAG Bulletin 40 (June 2018)

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