Results for Development (R4D) through its Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has unique and valuable insight into innovative models – how they are distributed, what they do, how well they work, and how promising ones can be improved, scaled up and adapted to serve the world's poor.

CEI supports these promising models using two mutually-reinforcing mechanisms: a public online platform and a network of country-based organizations surfacing new programs, engaging local stakeholders, and gaining an in-depth understanding of education innovation activity and opportunities in each country.

The CEI website draws tens of thousands of visits a month from innovators, funders, governments and research institutions interested in learning more about the education innovation ecosystem.

CEI hosts customized virtual collaboration spaces for various groups involved in education innovation, including the Girls' Education Challenge and STIR Education - a teacher-led movement to improve children's learning in developing countries.

CEI also works with influential organizations including WISE ed.hub - the Qatar Foundation's education innovation platform; GlobalGiving - a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects; and Toniic – a global action community for impact investors, to maximize learning, funding and collaboration opportunities for high-potential education programs.


CEI provides comprehensive, up-to-date, and searchable information about innovative programs in its virtual Programs Database.

CEI uses the Programs Database as a starting point to learn about what works and why



CEI connects people implementing, funding, and studying innovative programs to translate good practices and enable improvement, adaptation, and scale-up of promising approaches

Our Team

Donika Dimovska

Senior Program Director

Donika Dimovska is a Senior Program Director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D). As part of her portfolio, Ms. Dimovska manages R4D's flagship education and health innovation platforms, the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) and Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI).

Mark Roland

Program Director

Mark Roland is a program director at Results for Development (R4D) where he leads various projects within the the organization's global education practice. He has provided leadership to a number of projects across a range of sub-disciplines, including evaluation and learning, innovation, and sustainable financing.

CEI's Advisory Council

Colin Bangay

Senior Education Adviser, DFID India

Colin Bangay is the Senior Education Adviser in India for the UK's Department for International Development. He has worked extensively throughout Africa and Asia as teacher, researcher, and program manager. He spent two years as a lecturer at the World Bank Institute, Washington DC, covering issues of: quality, teacher education, decentralization and non-state provision. His published work covers a range of topics from non-state education provision to education responses to climate change, and education and disaster risk reduction.

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Chair, ADEA

Dzingai Mutumbuka currently serves as Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). Previously, Mr. Mutumbuka held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank from 1990-2007. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held major political appointments in Zimbabwe, and served as Minister of Education and Culture from 1980 to 1988 and as Minister of Higher Education from 1988 to 1989.

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny


Gabriel Sanchez Zinny is president of, introducing blended learning to Latin America education systems. He is also a prolific writer, and the Managing Director at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, which focuses on Latin American issues of infrastructure, education, energy and international relations.

Dr. Gwang-jo Kim

Director, UNESCO Asia Pacific

Dr. Gwang-jo Kim is the Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. Previously, Dr. Kim played a key role advising former President Young Sam Kim in the fields of education and social policy. He has also worked with the World Bank as Senior Education Specialist at its Headquarters in Washington DC. In 2004 he was appointed Director-General of Korea's Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MOEHRD), and from 2005 to 2008 served as that institution's Deputy-Minister.

Dr. Harry Anthony Patrinos

Manager, World Bank

Dr. Harry Anthony Patrinos is a Manager at the World Bank's education sector. He specializes in all areas of education, especially school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Dr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 40 journal articles, and many widely cited books. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada, and received his doctorate from the University of Sussex.

Dr. Rukmini Banerji

Director, ASER Centre

Dr. Rukmini Banerji is the director of the ASER Centre and the head of the ASER Initiative. She has been associated with Pratham Education Foundation since 1996, and writes frequently on education. She has extensive field experience both in program implementation in rural and urban areas as well as in assessment, survey, evaluation, and research. Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen's College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where she also did her post-doctoral research.

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