Starting in September 2018, NORRAG and a global network of six partner universities engaged on a two-years project to research and develop cutting-edge multimedia material for teaching and e-learning on innovative financing in education and development. The COFER Innovative Financing in Education and Development: Case Studies and Multi-Media Material for E-¬Learning project is partially funded by the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) under the development of ‘Consortia for Education and Research (COFER)’. Additional funding and resources were provided by the Open Societies Foundation (OSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The consortium is composed of the following partners: NORRAG, an associated programme of the Geneva Graduate Institute; University of Fribourg (Switzerland); Zurich University of Teacher Education (Switzerland); Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Beijing Normal University (China); Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai (India) and University of Cape Town (South Africa).
The NORRAG team conducted a comprehensive literature review of both grey and academic literature on IFE, which included over 150 individual articles. The publication includes an analysis of the types of mechanisms that have been researched, disciplinary approaches, definitions, rationales, along with a discussion on the identified benefits and challenges. A typology and description of the most prevalent innovative financing mechanisms discussed in education will also be published.