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Event Highlights – First KIX EAP Webinar on Implementing Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning during COVID-19: Thoughts, Ideas & Reflections

On the 22 July 2020 at 14.00-15.00 (CEST-Geneva), the first Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) Europe | Asia | Pacific (EAP) webinar brought together 103 participants from more than 35 countries to discuss Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) practices during COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was organised by NORRAG and facilitated by FHI 360, a strategic partner of the KIX EAP hub.

IDRC-GPE: Four Regional KIX Calls for Expression of Interest Released

The Knowledge and Innovation Exchange, a partnership between IDRC and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), launched the first of four regional competitive calls to generate and mobilize innovative knowledge for education challenges shared across GPE member countries:

  • Call for expressions of interest in the KIX Europe, Asia and Pacific region (deadline: 2 Sept 2020)
  • Call for proposals in Latin America and the Caribbean (deadline:30 Sept 2020)
  • Call for proposals in West and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean (deadline: 30 Sept 2020)
  • Call for proposals in East, Southern, and West Africa (deadline: Late Oct 2020)

22 July 2020: First KIX EAP Webinar on Implementing Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) during COVID-19: Thoughts, Ideas & Reflections

An online webinar on “Implementing Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) during COVID-19: Thoughts, Ideas & Reflections” will be facilitated by FHI 360, one of the KIX EAP Hub strategic partners. FHI 360 is an international nonprofit working in more than 60 countries to develop customised responses to the challenges in the field of human development, including the education sector. COVID-19 emerged as a major concern among all the participants of the KIX EAP launch. This webinar comes as a response to countries’ demand while drawing on the expertise and experience of FHI 360.

First KIX EAP Learning Cycle starting on 7 September

The KIX Learning Cycle 1 “Feasibility Study on Scaling Innovation” consists of a professional development course for national experts from 21 countries in the Europe | Asia | Pacific (EAP) region. Through this course, participants will learn about scaling impact, how to design an empirical feasibility study, how to collect, analyse and explain data, among many others. This course enables national experts to publish a high-quality, data-based study in which they examine the conditions whereby it is feasible to scale up an existing innovation or a pilot project in their country. It will equip participants with the skill sets applicable in their day-to-day work in policy planning or education research.

New Report: Thematic Priorities in 21 GPE Partner Countries of the Europe | Asia | Pacific Region

A report for the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) project is now available online. This report presents the findings from an empirical study on thematic priorities, challenges, and innovations in the following 21 countries of the East – Asia – Pacific (EAP) region that are partner countries of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

NORRAG Launches KIX Europe Asia Pacific Hub

NORRAG organised on Wednesday 27 May the online launch event as part of the newly started KIX Hub for Europe, Asia, Pacific (EAP). NORRAG was selected to host the KIX EAP Hub as a Regional Learning Partner, serving as one of the four regional hubs of the KIX Initiative.

Sharing knowledge, innovation and best practices across countries and at the regional and global levels is key to enhancing national educational policies and outcomes. Limited resources have been invested so far in knowledge production and innovation and in the scaling up of proven approaches. This is where the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) comes in, with NORRAG as one of its Regional Learning Partners.

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.

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, Côte 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 L’este, 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.

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, Asia, 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.

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 Hub3 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 (Europe, Asia, Pacific) is accessible here:

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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