About

There is an urgent need to get all children learning.

Finding out what works through controlled studies has been a critical first step. Now, the challenge is implementation. Putting evidence-based ideas into widespread practice, all the way into millions of individual classrooms, is the next frontier.

The What Works Hub for Global Education works at this frontier, with the ultimate goal of increasing literacy, numeracy and other key skills in low- and middle-income countries. 

It is a multi-year collaborative research initiative between the Blavatnik School of Government, the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, UNESCO-IIEP, the Learning Generation Initiative, and the British Council. 

The Blavatnik School is convening a unique consortium of world-leading academics, grassroots organisations, and governments themselves, with two-thirds of the consortium partners in low- and middle-income countries. In an unprecedented example of undertaking world-leading research and real-world reform simultaneously, this consortium will study how to implement education reforms at scale, while supporting governments in real time to do it.  

The work will directly affect up to 3 million children, and reach up to 17 million more through its influence. It will be undertaken in four primary countries, India, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania, with further work in Botswana, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa. 

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Partners

  • Strategic partners

    • UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • World Bank
    • USAID
    • UNICEF
    • UNESCO-IIEP
    • Learning Generation Initiative (LGI)
    • British Council 
  • Consortium partners

    Our 40+ consortium partners are a unique coalition of academics, grassroots organisations and governments themselves, with two-thirds in low- and middle-income countries. (Full list to follow.)

     

Funding
The What Works Hub for Global Education is funded by the FCDO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with other strategic partners aligning resources and providing in-kind support.

People

Rachel Hinton
Global Education Research Lead (FCDO)
Natasha Ahuja
Kwame Akyeampong
Co-Investigator
Tahir Andrabi
Co-Investigator; Academic Leadership Team
Amanda Beatty
Co-Investigator
Simon Blower
Policy Lead (FCDO)
Jacobus Cilliers
Co-Investigator
Claire Cullen
Co-Investigator
Jishnu Das
Co-Investigator
Abelardo De Anda Casas
Annette Fisher
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant (Palladium)
John Floretta
Co-Investigator
Paul Glewwe
Advisor
James Habyarimana
Co-Investigator; Academic Leadership Team
Ruth Kagia
Advisor
Veerangna Kohli
Asim Khwaja
Co-Investigator
Aneth Komba
Co-Investigator
Marlen Llanes
Adrienne Lucas
Co-Investigator
Akshay Mangla
Co-Investigator; Academic Leadership Team
Luca Marchina
Operations Director
Motishepi Matsheng
Co-Investigator
Nompumelelo Mohohlwane
Academic Leadership Team
Karthik Muralidharan
Co-Investigator
Dzingai Mutumbuka
Advisor
Chenge Nyagweta
Laura Pearson
Evidence into Action Adviser (FCDO)
Halsey Rogers
Advisor
Mauricio Romero
Co-Investigator
Richard Shukia
Co-Investigator
Abhijeet Singh
Co-Investigator; Academic Leadership Team
Danielle Stein
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant (Palladium)
Emiliana Vegas
Advisor
Lucy Wildsmith
Andrew Zeitlin
Co-Investigator