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August 04, 2017Tangut Degfay

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3 key insights for funders supporting innovation 
The International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA), managed by Results for Development, brings together innovation experts from the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other leading global donors. The Alliance just published three new reports on good practices for measuring and scaling innovation, outlining eight good practices and other practical resources for development innovation funders. These cross-sectoral findings are useful for anyone in international development or humanitarian response interested in accessing funding for innovation. Learn more…

The need for more playful preschools 
Never has there been so much hope that the world’s children could benefit from preschool. But never has there been such a risk that it could be the wrong type of preschool. That is one of three important lessons from a recent workshop organized by the LEGO Foundation, bringing together half a dozen social entrepreneurs from around the world. Read more from Nick Burnett…

Getting the right blend: the use of the digital in African education
Blended learning – the mixed use of digital and traditional learning methods – is providing promising solutions for many of education’s toughest challenges, particularly those present in a variety of contexts throughout Africa. But what factors must be taken into consideration when implementing blended learning strategies in such challenging contexts? Read more…

Funding Opportunities

International education development global learning early childhood development funding innovationICFJ Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: August 06, 2017

Interested in becoming an influencer and leader for children’s development in your country? If producing high quality reporting and solution-orientated stories about nutrition and early childhood development issues is one of your passions, then apply to this year-long fellowship, which will include two international reporting trips as well as continuing mentoring and several virtual webinars. Just two days left! Learn more…

NORAD Call for Applications: Supporting Research Institutions and Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa
Deadline: September 1st, 2017.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation invites research institutions and research organizations based in the Sub-Saharan Africa to submit applications for funding within Education, Global health and other thematic areas. Learn more…

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Grants to Improve the Quality of Life of Children in United States
Deadline: September 30th, 2017

The Caplan Foundation is an incubator of promising research and development projects that enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country. They are currently seeking grant proposals with thematic focus on early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Learn more…

Upcoming Events

International education development global learning early childhood development funding innovationGPE Financing global education: Challenges and opportunities Conference
August 7th, 2017. Canberra, Australia

Investing in equitable, quality education systems positively impacts economies and societies, and in turn drives progress across the range of the SDGs. Educating and empowering girls and women in particular helps to strengthen economic prosperity. This conference will discuss the global and regional education opportunities, financing challenges and the adaptions and innovations GPE is pursuing to address them. Learn more…

The Great WALK of Arts: Walk for Charity
August 12th, 2017, London
, UK
The Great WALK of Art supports the MASK Prize, the creativity competition with prizes for schools and young people in Africa, a project of a UK education charity MASK that is shown annually at the Saatchi Gallery and Turner Contemporary in the UK. Support African artists and arts education; join the walk!

UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017
August 13th – 21st, 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Talents from all over the world come to Denmark for ten days to create real, scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. The themes of the 2017 innovation lab include Education and ICT, Health, Food and more. Learn more…

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit 2017: The Future of Work: Youth Economic Opportunity in a Changing World
September 27 – 29th, Washington DC, USA

The Summit brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community. Funders, Implementers, policymakers, companies, youth leaders, educators and researchers are all invited to attend. Learn more…

ISSA conference 2017: Local Responses, Global advances, towards competent early childhood systems
October 4th – 6th, 2017, Ghent, Belgium

The ISSA conference offers a unique platform to the world’s leading early childhood experts to learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences, while examining substantial shifts in the ways early childhood systems are designed, equipped, governed, financed and supported. Registrations are open. Learn more…

Global Education News

International education development global learning early childhood development funding innovationFunding for under-fives in Tanzania will help more children into preschools
by Elaine Hunter
A $12 million cash injection from the UK will be used to improve early childhood care, hygiene and sanitation, as well as to boost primary school enrolment in Tanzania. Read more…

Sharing the future by building better education systems
by Julia Gillard

A collection of essays from thought leaders in the field of learning, innovation and technology explores how to rapidly accelerate programing and progress in global education. Read more…

Poor quality learning assessments are crumbling under the weight of the decisions they inform 
Rachel Outhred
Value for money concerns, the need for rapid data to inform policy, and a simple lack of technical know-how often result in unreliable or invalid learning outcome measures. But how can development practitioners avoid poor quality instruments, and what factors should be considered when pursuing robust assessments? Read more…


Tangut Degfay is a Global Education Intern at R4D. She is pursuing her graduate studies in MA in International Policy and Development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Her focus areas include youth development, girls' education and global cultural exchange.

Photo Credits: Ghullam Abbas Farzami / World BankHarsha KR, ICFJ ; Chantal Rigaud, GPE ; BRAC

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