The MacArthur Foundation provides significant funding for programs and research that address the challenges to secondary education in developing countries. In 2012, the MacArthur Foundation partnered with a donor collaborative to form the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE). PSIPSE has funded more than $8 million and pledged another $10 million for educational opportunities for children in East Africa, Nigeria, and India.
The MacArthur Foundation focuses on engaging marginalized girls in education through its Girls’ Secondary Education in Developing Countries program. This program aims to improve participation rates for girls in formal secondary education or similar non-formal programs by funding:
- Projects that provide solutions for girls to access secondary education
- Research that explores the gap in knowledge about secondary education, quality learning, and girls’ access to education
- Advocacy programs that influence public policy regarding national and local education
The MacArthur Foundation currently funds projects on secondary education for girls in Uganda, Nigeria, and India while collaborating with others at the international level.
Areas of engagement in non-state educationEducational TechnologyGirls' EducationLow-Cost Private SchoolsSkills for WorkFragile and Conflict-Affected StatesOut-of-School ChildrenPublic-Private PartnershipsSecondary EducationDeliveryPolicy & AnalysisSchool supportLower secondaryUpper secondaryPost-secondary non-tertiaryConducting/commissioning evaluationConducting/commissioning researchProviding funding for non-state programsProviding general sector support (e.g., sharing of best practices, networking)Providing organizational support (e.g., capacity building, M&E support)For profitNot-for-profitNGOPPPEarly Stage ProgramsPilot Programs (e.g. testing new models/ideas)Programs ready to replicate to new settingsPrograms ready to scale up
Funding PrioritiesGrants$100,000-$500,000$500,000-$1 millionMost are for 2-3 years of guaranteed support$1 million and up£5,000,000million
Grants constitute 100% of portfolio